Ivy Tech Community College to award 58 honorary degrees

INDIANAPOLIS – In honor of Ivy Tech Community College’s 50th anniversary this year, the college will award 58 honorary degrees at its 14 commencement ceremonies across the state.

Each of this year’s honorary degree recipients will receive an Associate of Science in College and Community Service, in recognition of their commitment to education and Ivy Tech Community College.

This year also marks Ivy Tech’s largest graduating class with an estimated 16,700 credentials to be awarded, up from 15,500 last year.

In addition, the College has set a bold goal of increasing the number of graduates to 50,000 annually by 2025. The goal of 50,000 graduates by 2025 ties to the college’s new Accelerating Greatness 2025 strategic plan, which is also being rolled out in the college’s 50th year.  

Over its 50 year history, the college has served over one million Hoosiers.  Nearly 97 percent of all Ivy Tech graduates stay in Indiana after graduation and directly and positively impact the state’s economy.

This year’s honorary degree recipients are as follows:

Northwest Region
Kris Emaus
Thomas Keilman
Norman D. Steider
Sgt. Louis T. Stewart

North Central Region
Thomas and Dorthy Corson
Robert Dunn
Dane and Mary Louise Miller
Jean Northenor
Richard and Donna Pfeil
Frank Zink

Northeast Region
Merland Beyler
Dr. Robert Dettmer
Janet Geib
Representative Ben GiaQuinta
Senator Robert Meeks

Lafayette Region
William J. Beard
Joseph T. Bumbleburg
Steve Golliher
James K. Risk III

Kokomo Region
Richard Ford
Dr. Robert A. Lee
Betty Ortman
Rick Ortman

East Central Region
James F. Ault
Ronald K. Fauquher
Hurley Goodall
Sheila K. Johnson
Henry A. Olynger, Jr. & Patricia J. Edwards

Wabash Valley Region
F. Richard Nicoson
Fred and Nancy Rubey
Vern Tincher

Central Indiana Region
Terry L. Bowen
Lorene Burkhart
Congressman Andre Carson
Meredith Carter
William Turner

Richmond Region
Stephen C. Borchers
Ann L. Franzen-Roha
Avis M. Stewart

Columbus/Franklin Region
David M. Galle
William A. Harmon
Kelly Ann Higgs

Southeast Region
Bill Gutzwiller
Al Huntington
Peter Resnick

Southwest Region
Susan J. Ellspermann
James A. McCarty Sr.
Gina N. Moore
Alfonso R. Vidal

Southern Indiana Region
Cecile A. Blau
Jerry Finn
M. Diane Murphy
Dale Orem

Bloomington Region
Judy O’Bannon
Vi Simpson
Viola Taliaferro
George Taliaferro

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.

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