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Retiring Vice President is CCC’s Commencement Speaker


A retiring vice president of Camden County College will deliver the keynote address during CCC’s graduation on May 21. Sharon N. Wedington, who will retire from the College with 34 years of service later this year, will address the Class of 2011 during the 43rd annual commencement exercises.


Wedington accepted the invitation to serve as the keynote speaker when former state Supreme Court Justice John E. Wallace Jr., who previously was scheduled to speak, became unavailable. More than 1,500 associate degrees and academic certificates are expected to be conferred at the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. on the Blackwood Campus.


Wedington, who resides in Atco, earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree from Widener University. She also earned a certificate in Afro-American studies and New Jersey teacher certification in social studies and English from Princeton as well as a certificate in developmental studies from Farleigh Dickinson University. In addition, she completed Rutgers University's South Jersey Regional Leadership Institute and The Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard Law School.


Joining the full-time staff of the College as a counselor for Project Upward Bound in 1977, Wedington subsequently served as assistant director of financial aid, coordinator of the Educational Opportunity Fund program, director of the Office of Financial Aid and project manager for the implementation of the computerized student information system. She later became executive director of enrollment services, dean of enrollment services, assistant vice president for enrollment and student services and associate vice president for enrollment and student services. In 2007, she was appointed to her current position as vice president for enrollment and student services.


During her tenure at the College, Wedington has been instrumental in assisting the New Jersey Council of County College Presidents Council in developing and implementing the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship Program. She also has served in numerous volunteer roles with the New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, providing training, chairing workshops, leading committees and joining its Executive Council. Off campus, she teaches Sunday school for teens at her church.


Earlier this year, Wedington's exemplary service was honored with a Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award from the Mercer County Community College chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. She was lauded for mentoring many generations of CCC students, staff and fellow administrators, many of whom have achieved success in leadership roles themselves.

Published: April 26, 2011