Roberts to Speak at Graduation
January 28, 2004

William R. “Bill” Roberts of Chevy Chase, Md., president of Verizon Maryland, will address the 2004 Wor-Wic Community College graduates at the college’s 27th commencement exercises on Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m., at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury.

Roberts began his career as business office manager at C&P Telephone in 1980. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in operations, human resources, marketing, public affairs and government relations.

Currently serving as chairman of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Roberts is also a member of the Maryland Economic Development Commission, the Foundation for the National Archives, the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Living Classrooms Foundation, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Roberts also serves on the boards of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Harbor Hospital Center, Villa Julie College and Morgan State University.

Born and raised in Talbot County, Roberts graduated from Morgan State University and attended graduate school at Howard University and Eastern Michigan University. He has an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

According to Dr. Andrew B. Counts, Wor-Wic’s dean of students, “this is the first year we will hold commencement ceremonies in May. Traditionally, graduation was in late August, but many students were either on vacation or they didn’t want to come back three months after they completed their requirements for graduation.

“After studying the issue, we felt that more students would participate if graduation was in May,” Counts added.

He further explained that “students who complete their requirements in December and May, as well as those who preregister for their remaining course work during either or both of our two summer sessions, will be invited to participate in the May graduation.”