Ivy Tech Community College once again celebrates record number of graduates

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College will recognize this year’s graduating class at 14 different sites across Indiana. The Community College estimates that nearly 21,100 credentials will be awarded at commencement ceremonies throughout the state taking place from May 7 to May 15.

“Commencement ceremonies are a wonderful culmination of all the students’ hard work, and for those of us who represent Ivy Tech, we look forward to watching our students cross the stage to accept their credentials, degrees and certificates,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “As Indiana’s community college, we continue to be inspired by the opportunity to help many other Hoosier students get to this point.”

The nearly 21,100 credentials is an increase of 26 percent over the last two years, and an increase of nearly 70 percent over the last five years.  In addition to earning credentials Ivy Tech students have earned thousands of credits to transfer to four-year institutions throughout the state, saving those students more than $34.8 million dollars in tuition costs.

The college will also present honorary degrees to 19 individuals this year.  The recipients have played significant roles in their communities and in their contributions to Ivy Tech.  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’s ceremonies will be scheduled as follows:

May 7 at 7 p.m., Hulman Center, Terre Haute.  Featured speaker is Outstanding Alumna Miranda Hay.  Honorary degree recipient is Daniel Tanoos.

May 8 at 6 p.m., Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend.  Featured speaker is student Tonya Bryant.  Honorary degree recipient is Jo Lemon.

May 8 at 7 p.m. (CST), Ford Center, Evansville.  Featured speaker is Bob Jones, CEO of Old National Bank.  Honorary degree recipient is Bob Jones.

May 8 at 7 p.m., Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne. Featured speakers are U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly and Ivy Tech graduate Sammantha Alvarez. Honorary degree recipient is Richard “Dick” Conrow.

May 9 at 11 a.m. (CST), Genesis Convention Center, Gary.  Featured speaker is Student Government Association President Jacob Reed.  Honorary degree recipients include Mamon Powers Jr. and Cynthia Powers.

May 9 at 10 a.m., Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo. Honorary degree recipients include Stephen J. Daily and Greg Goodnight.

May 9 at 10 a.m., Franklin Middle School, Franklin.  Featured speaker is Abigail Thompson. Honorary degree recipient is Brian Payne.

May 9 at 1:30 p.m., Tiernan Center at Richmond High School, Richmond.  Featured speaker is Campus President Chad Bolser. Honorary degree recipient is Julie Johnson.

May 9 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis.  Featured speaker is U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks. Honorary degree recipients include Rep. Susan Brooks and J. Michael Jarvis.

May 10 at 1 p.m., Horner Center at Hanover College, Hanover.  Featured speaker is Diane Bohman.  Honorary degree recipient is Diane Bohman.

May 10 at 2 p.m., Elliott Hall at Purdue University, West Lafayette.  Featured speaker is Dr. Allison Barber, President of WGU-Indiana.  Honorary degree recipients include Dr. Allison Barber and William McCaw.

May 12 at 6 p.m., Northside Christian Church, New Albany. Featured speaker is Cathe Dykstra.  Honorary degree recipients include Norman E. Pfau. Jr. and Sue Danner Pfau.

May 14 at 7 p.m., Emens Auditorium at Ball State University, Muncie. Honorary degree recipient is Carl D. Erskine.

May 15 at 6 p.m., Indiana University Auditorium, Bloomington.  Featured speaker is graduate and ACE student of the year Jeffery “L.J.” Gearhart II.  Honorary degree recipient is Lee Marchant.

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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