Ivy Tech Community College to celebrate 14 graduation ceremonies across the state

INDIANAPOLIS – This year Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate the achievement of its graduates at 14 commencement ceremonies across the state.

These community events will take place all over the state this month, from a ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend to one at Roberts Stadium in Evansville. Ivy Tech’s graduation ceremonies will honor nearly 10,000 success stories from all of Indiana’s 92 counties.

Featured speakers at the statewide ceremonies, include Jim Morris, President of Pacers Sport and Entertainment; Congressman Brad Ellsworth; State Representative Mary Ann Sullivan; and State Representative Connie Weigleb Sipes, to name a few.

Ivy Tech’s programs in nursing and practical nursing continue to provide skilled workers with nearly 2,000 graduates earning a nursing degree or certificate this year. The college produces more nurses per year than any other school in the state of Indiana. Other top graduate programs include Business Administration, Medical Assisting, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology, Accounting, Office Administration, Electrical Apprentice, Early Childhood Education and Computer Information Systems. The college’s Computer Information Technology program has experienced some of the most significant growth in graduates, doubling in the last couple of years.

An estimated 10,000 Ivy Tech Community College students will receive either an associate degree or certificate this academic year. This marks the largest number of graduates ever for Ivy Tech.

In addition, Ivy Tech also administered more than 28,000 certification exams to those needing certification to excel in a current profession or enter a new occupation.

Ivy Tech will host 14 commencement ceremonies throughout the state as follows:

May 6 at 7 p.m., Hulman Center, Indiana State University, Terre Haute. Jim Morris, President of Pacers Sport and Entertainment, will be the featured speaker. Mr. Morris will also receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.

May 7 at 6 p.m., Joyce ACC at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend. Rodolfo Rodriguez, 2009 American Association of Community Colleges Outstanding Alumni, will be the featured speaker.

May 7 at 7 p.m. (CST)/8 p.m. (EST), Roberts Stadium, Evansville. Congressman Brad Ellsworth will be the featured speaker. State Representative Dennis Avery will receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.

May 7 at 7:30 p.m., Allen County Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne. Mike Packnett, President and CEO of Parkview Health, will be the featured speaker.

May 8 at 10 a.m., Franklin Middle School, Franklin. Dr. James “Jay” Moseley, President of Franklin College, will be the featured speaker. Bill DeMichieli will receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.

May 8 at 11 a.m. (CST)/noon (EST), Genesis Convention Center, Gary.

May 8 at 1:30 p.m., Tiernan Center, Richmond High School, Richmond. Carol Hinshaw will receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.

May 8 at 2 p.m., Pepsi Coliseum, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis. State Representative Mary Ann Sullivan will be the featured speaker.

May 9 at 2 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue University, West Lafayette. Terry Wilson, Western Indiana Region CEO for the Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, will be the featured speaker.

May 11 at 6:30 p.m., Northside Christian Church, New Albany. State Representative Connie Weigleb Sipes will be the featured speaker. Rep. Sipes will also receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.

May 13 at 6 p.m., Memorial Gym, Kokomo. Stuart Green, Interim Chancellor of IU Kokomo, will be the featured speaker.

May 13 at 7 p.m., Emens Auditorium, Ball State University, Muncie. Dr. Cathy Hamilton, Education Consultant, will be the featured speaker. Dr. Hamilton will also receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.

May 14 at 6 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington. Monique Dallas, business administration graduate; Christopher Reinhart, design technology graduate; and Rick Wagers, business administration graduate, will be the featured commencement speakers.

May 16 at 1 p.m., Horner Center, Hanover College, Hanover. Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech Community College, will be the featured speaker.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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