Baraka Ekpo Named Commencement Speaker

Baraka Ekpo Named Commencement Speaker

55th Commencement Ceremony: Humor, Anecdotes and Inspiration in Store for 2014 Grads

Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell

Prince George’s Community College has announced that Dr. Kevin Maxwell will deliver the keynote address at the institution’s Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 22, 2014. In addition to this honor, Dr. Maxwell will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of nearly thirty years of leadership and selfless service to the students and families of Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland.  Dr. Maxwell was named Chief Executive Officer by County Executive Rushern Baker in 2013, and he is highly regarded for his success in advancing public education.

“He is a dynamic presence in public education, and his dedication to student achievement and community engagement has been the focal point of his career,” said Dr. Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. “Dr. Maxwell was educated in Prince George’s County — the public schools, Prince George’s Community College and the University of Maryland College Park, and the first 22 years of his career was spent in Prince George’s County Public Schools as a teacher and principal. His journey is inspiring, and we are confident his message will resonate deeply with our graduates.”

55th Commencement student speaker, Baraka Ekpo

Baraka Ekpo has been named the 55th Commencement Ceremony Student Speaker at Prince George’s Community College. A native of Nigeria, Ekpo has blazed an impressive path as a student-athlete and highly-active member of the college community. In the Fall of 2011 he enrolled in the Honors program at PGCC and was accepted into the Honor’s Academy–where he resided on the dean’s list every semester. Baraka also played soccer for the Prince George’s Men’s soccer team from Fall 2012-2013, and was the treasurer of the Asian Awareness Club, the Prince George’s Community College Bernard Collegian Center, and the African Students Union.

Upon graduating from Prince George’s College with an Associate’s degree in Accounting, Baraka was accepted into the Robert H. Smith School of Business – one of the top ten business schools in the country, with a double major in accounting and supply chain management. He plans to obtain his CPA license and acquire an MBA in business management, and ultimately plans to return to Nigeria to establish himself as an entrepreneur and advocate for change and reform of the Nigerian political system.

Congratulations to Baraka Ekpo, the 55th Commencement Ceremony student speaker!