INDIANAPOLIS – This year, Ivy Tech Community College will celebrate the largest graduating class in its history as an estimated 15,500 students will receive credentials. The College will host 14 commencement ceremonies all across the state.
This year’s graduating class is 25 percent higher than last year’s graduating class of 12,400 and 55 percent higher than the 10,000 graduates in 2010.
Ivy Tech’s programs in nursing and practical nursing continue to provide skilled workers with more than 1,800 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 programs include Medical Assisting, Accounting and Business Administration. In addition, Ivy Tech administered nearly 40,000 certification exams to those needing certification to excel in a current profession or enter a new occupation.
It is estimated that 97 percent of Ivy Tech graduates stay in Indiana and have a direct impact on Indiana’s economy. According to data in a recent economic impact study, Indiana workers with an associate degree earn almost $11,000 more per year at their career midpoint than those with just a high school diploma, and they earn more than twice that of those with less than a high school diploma.
“An Ivy Tech degree is invaluable in today’s job market,” said Thomas J. Snyder, President of Ivy Tech. “Ivy Tech’s impact goes well beyond the benefits our graduates derive from their education. When our graduates enter the workforce they impact nearly every industry in the state, bringing with them valuable skills and enhancing our state’s economy. These are the graduates that will help fill the needed worker shortages and help shape Indiana’s economic growth.”
The ceremonies will be scheduled as follows:
May 3 at 7 p.m., Hulman Center, Indiana State University, Terre Haute. Mike King, Voice of the Indy 500, will be the featured speaker. Galen L. Goode will receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
May 4 at 6 p.m., Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend. Chris Murphy, Chairman and CEO of First Source Corporation, will be the featured speaker. Murphy will also receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
May 4 at 6 p.m., Memorial Gymnasium at Kokomo High School, Kokomo
May 4 at 7 p.m. (CST), Ford Center, Evansville. The Honorable Jonathan Weinzapfel will be the featured speaker. William S. Doty, Karen J. Watkins and Weinzapfel will all receive honorary degrees from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
May 4 at 7:30 p.m., Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne. Kari Overmyer, an Ivy Tech student, will be the featured speaker. Don Wood will receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
May 5 at 10 a.m., Franklin Middle School, Franklin. Ryan Hou, President and CEO of LHP Software, Inc., will be the featured speaker. Anthony Moravec will receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
May 5 at 11 a.m. (CST), Genesis Convention Center, Gary.
May 5 at 1:30 p.m., Tiernan Center, Richmond High School, Richmond. Kevin Ahaus, Ivy Tech State Trustee, and Lynn Baldwin, a student at Ivy Tech, will be the featured speakers. Rebecca A. Gibson and State Senator Allen E. Paul will both receive honorary degrees from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
May 5 at 2 p.m., Pepsi Coliseum, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis. Samuel L. Odle, FACHE and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Indiana University Health will be the featured speaker. He will also receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
May 6 at 2 p.m., Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue University, West Lafayette. Chris McBarnes, Mayor of Frankfort, will be the featured speaker.
May 8 at 6:30 p.m., Northside Christian Church, New Albany. Greg Fischer, Mayor of the City of Louisville, will be the featured speaker.
May 10 at 7 p.m., Emens Auditorium, Ball State University, Muncie. Dr. Jonathan Gueverra, Chief Executive Officer of the Community College of the District of Columbia, will be the featured speaker. He will also receive an honorary degree.
May 11 at 6 p.m., IU Auditorium, Bloomington. Gerardo M. Gonzalez, University Dean of Indiana University’s School of Education, will give the commencement address. Gonzalez will also receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
May 13 at 1 p.m., Horner Center, Hanover College, Hanover. Tony Bennett, Superintendant of Public Instruction, will be the featured speaker. He will also receive an honorary degree from Ivy Tech during the ceremony.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students 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.