Joyce Thomas and Charlene Knight prove education is a lifelong pursuit

Graduates 2023

Baltimore City Community College graduates a ‘Sister Act’

By Jannette J. Witmyer,
Special to the AFRO

Age is nothing but a number for sisters Joyce Thomas and Charlene Knight, two of the proudest members of the 2023 graduating class for Baltimore City Community College (BCCC).

The two stood tall inside of the Lyric Performing Arts Center on May 13, as they took part in the commencement ceremony. Thomas and Knight each earned a Certificate in Information Technology Basic Skills, at 79 years-of-age and 70 years-of-age, respectively. 

Thomas, who holds an Ed.D. from the University of Miami, said she had not planned on earning the BCCC certificate — she only intended to take one class to improve her computer skills, nothing more. Then, one day a computer lab tutorial session led to an unexpected side-trip to an academic advisor. That conversation changed everything.

Initially, the advisor offered her a pathway to earning a degree.

“‘Sir, I appreciate your help very, very much– but I have enough degrees. I don’t need any more,’” Thomas recalls responding. “Then he said the magic word.”

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