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30 May 2017

HACC Student Receives Associate Degree at Family Restaurant

YORK, Pa. – Ruzhou “Jenny” Tang recently worked a memorable shift at her family’s restaurant in Red Lion, where she was presented with her associate degree. John J. “Ski” Sygielski, Ed.D., president of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s College; Darryl Jones, Ph.D., vice president of HACC’s York Campus; Marjorie Mattis, D.Ed., campus dean of academic affairs at HACC’s York Campus; and Kathleen Brickner, business director of HACC’s Gettysburg and York campuses, arrived at the restaurant in full academic regalia.    
Tang and her parents immigrated to the United States from China when she was 10-years-old. She graduated from Dallastown High School and later enrolled in HACC’s Business Administration Program.
When she was not busy studying or attending classes, Tang worked at No. 1 Szechuan, her family’s restaurant, and acted as a translator for her parents. She was unable to attend HACC’s Commencement ceremony on May 11 because she was working at the restaurant.    
Sygielski said, “Like many students who attend HACC, Jenny was balancing the responsibilities of working and supporting her family while pursuing her associate degree. It was our privilege to honor her hard work and the 4.0 GPA that she earned in a special way.”
HACC recently recognized more than 800 students who completed their associate degrees, certificates or diplomas during its spring Commencement ceremony.
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