Criminal Justice Program Recognizes
High-Achieving Alumni With New Plaque


From left, Criminal Justice Program Coordinator Peter Horne, with alumni Christopher Weidman ('82) and Clarissa Murphy ('07). The new plaque recognizes high-achieving Criminal Justice students since 1982.

The MCCC Criminal Justice Program recently paid tribute to its best and brightest grads with a new plaque that will be on permanent display at the college. The plaque includes the names of graduating students who achieved the program’s highest grade point averages, dating back to 1982 when the recognition program started. Criminal Justice students who are selected receive a certificate and a cash gift from the Mercer County Chiefs of Police Association.

First on the list is 1982 graduate Christopher Weidman, of East Windsor, a lieutenant who serves as commander of special services in the Plainsboro Township Police Department. Now in his 24th year in a department that has expanded from 13 to 34 officers, Weidman notes that a college degree is essential these days, helping officers gain maturity and better opportunities for advancement, along with knowledge of key issues and current technology. The most recent grad listed on the plaque is Clarissa Murphy, of Trenton, who completed her MCCC degree in Criminal Justice in December, 2007, and will transfer to Rutgers in the fall with the goal of earning her bachelor’s degree in law and justice.

Comments Peter Horne, coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program, “These two alumni, along with the other 24 students listed on the plaque, represent academic excellence. This plaque is our way to recognize their hard work and outstanding achievement. I hope that all our students aspire to see their names on this list.” The MCCC Criminal Justice Program includes two areas of concentration: law enforcement and corrections. Graduates from the program earn an associate in science degree and are prepared for careers in criminal justice and for transfer to four-year institutions.

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