Fam­ily af­fair at Ch­e­sa­peake com­mence­ment

Record Observer - - News - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

WYE MILLS — “It took grit to be here,” key­note speaker Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley said at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege’s 48th Com­mence­ment on Wed­nes­day evening.

Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege grad­u­ated 304 Wed­nes­day evening, in­clud­ing cer­tifi­cates and de­grees. There were grad­u­at­ing ac­coun­tants, nurses, ra­di­ol­ogy tech­ni­cians, EMTs, par­ale­gals and many more.

Ev­ery year at Ch­e­sa­peake, for a few stu­dents, col­lege grad­u­a­tion is a fam­ily af­fair.

Bryan Scott Bayliss grad­u­ated with a de­gree while his daugh­ter Am­ber Ann Bayliss grad­u­ated with a cer­tifi­cate.

Les­lie and James Grim­plin were mother and son grad­u­ates.

Hus­band and wife David and Colby Hall grad­u­ated to­gether, she as a nurse and he fur­thered his ed­u­ca­tion as an EMT.

There were 19 peo­ple grad­u­at­ing with per­fect 4.0 av­er­ages. Lyndy Mother­shead re­ceived the col­lege’s high­est honor, the John T. Har­ri­son Award.

The award is given at each com­mence­ment to the top stu­dent in the ar­eas of schol­ar­ship, cit­i­zen­ship and lead­er­ship.

Mother­shead is 19 years old and an alumna of Eas­ton High School.

“It wasn’t ex­actly blow­ing me away that I was en­rolling in a com­mu­nity col­lege while my friends were go­ing away to four-year col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties,” Mother­shead said. “Es­pe­cially when the com­mu­nity col­lege is sur­rounded by corn.”

She said her high school teach­ers and friends told her she could do bet­ter than Ch­e­sa­peake, but af­ter she took sev­eral classes there, she thought more high school se­niors should con­sider tak­ing com­mu­nity col­leges se­ri­ously.

“I wasn’t ready to leave home and live in a dorm and take on the fi­nan­cial hard­ship,” she said.

She said at Ch­e­sa­peake she could stay home, keep work­ing at her home­town job, and con­tinue sav­ing money.

Mother­shead be­gan work­ing at McDon­ald’s at 15 and has been sav­ing for col­lege ever since. She is now an as­sis­tant man­ager for McDon­ald’s and has won em­ployee awards there.

Many of her ex­penses at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege were cov­ered by grant fund­ing and schol­ar­ships, so the sav­ings she planned can still be used to­ward a bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

She grad­u­ates with an As­so­ciates de­gree and a 3.79 av­er­age to com­ple­ment her long list of ser­vice achieve­ments in the two years she has been at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege. That in­cludes five honor classes and com­ple­tion of the Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Academy.

While at Ch­e­sa­peake, Mother­shead served as the pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and vice pres­i­dent for schol­ar­ships of the honor so­ci­ety Phi Theta Kappa. In 2016 she was named to the 2016 Al­lMary­land Aca­demic Team.

She also rep­re­sented Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege at the PTK “Nerd Na­tion” this year, held at National Har­bor.

Mother­shead was adopted from China as a baby, and has had an in­ter­est in Chi­nese cul­ture from the very start. She said that in­ter­est deep­ened when she was work­ing on a com­pare­con­trast project in her Hon­ors Hu­man Growth and De­vel­op­ment class.

She looked out at the au­di­ence and spied her mother, Kathy Mother­shead, dab­bing her eyes with tis­sues.

“I would like to thank the woman who gave me my world — my mom,” she said.

She said her mother came to China to adopt her when Lyndy Mother­shead was 14 months old.

Mother­shead will attend the Hon­ors Col­lege at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Bal­ti­more County this fall and plans to ma­jor in Cy­ber Se­cu­rity and mi­nor n East Asian Stud­ies.

Her dream job, she said, is to work in the U. S. Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity.

Key­note speaker Vic­to­ria Jack­son-Stan­ley was the first woman and first African-Amer­i­can to be elected Mayor of Cam­bridge. She con­grat­u­lated the grad­u­ates and said they were trail­blaz­ers, the break­ers of new ground.

“A leader pre­pares for suc­cess,” she said. “You must, must, must, must pre­pare.”

A Li­censed Cer­ti­fied So­cial Worker with a clin­i­cal con­cen­tra­tion, Jack­sonS­tan­ley grad­u­ated from Cam­bridge High School in 1971, from Sal­is­bury Univer­sity with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1975 and from Howard Univer­sity with a master’s in 1981.

Her ca­reer has cen­tered around var­i­ous de­part­ments of so­cial ser­vices on the East­ern Shore. She was elected mayor in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. She was pres­i­dent of the Mary­land May­ors As­so­ci­a­tion from 2012 to 2013 and has been rec­og­nized and hon­ored by a wide range of or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“It takes grit to work on your goal in life,” she told the grad­u­ates.”Work on your gift.”

Jack­son-Stan­ley was also pre­sented with the col­lege’s 2016 Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Award.

Also hon­ored was Crys­tal Fa­rina, as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of Nurs­ing and di­rec­tor of Sim­u­la­tion for Nurs­ing and Al­lied Health.

She was named the fifth Dr. Stu­art M. Bounds Dis­tin­guished Teach­ing Chair, and joins four other Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege ed­u­ca­tors who serve as a men­tor and model for other fac­ulty. The two-year ap­point­ment in­cludes an an­nual $7,500 stipend.

Lyndy Mother­shead said she is ready for the next step, but she will miss Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the class of 2016,” she told the grad­u­ates. “Re­mem­ber no mat­ter where you go or what you do, we will al­ways be chil­dren of the corn.”

Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ chrisp_s­tar­dem. Email me at cpolk@star­dem.com.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

Nearly 200 of the 304 Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege grad­u­ates in the class of 2016 pack the au­di­to­rium at the Todd Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter on Wed­nes­day night for the 48th com­mence­ment.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS POLK

Twin sis­ters, from left, Lau­ren Trice and Danielle Trice grad­u­ate as reg­is­tered nurses Wed­nes­day evening at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

Lyndy Mother­shead was the winner of the col­lege’s high­est honor, the John T. Har­ri­son Award.

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