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Nearly 1,000 of the 2,862 Bergen Community College candidates for graduation celebrated their achievements at the 45th commencement ceremony May 22 at the Izod Center. Headlining the group, valedictorian Maria De Abreu Pineda, of Hackensack, and salutatorian Katarzyna Jankowski, of Lodi, offered encouragement to the largest class in the College’s history. Graduates included 66 students with 4.0 GPAs, including De Abreu Pineda and Jankowski; men and women ranging in age from 17 to 65; and a mother and daughter both receiving degrees. American Express CEO and chairman Kenneth Chenault delivered the keynote address.