Lorain County Community College honored 1,049 graduates during its 44th annual commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 19 in the LCCC College Courtyard. This year 51 students received two associate’s degrees and five received three associate’s degrees for a total of 1,105 degrees awarded.
And, 309 additional students were honored for earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the eight universities in the LCCC University Partnership program.
LCCC’s graduating class earned two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. Dr. Roy A. Church, LCCC president, delivered the commencement address dealing with the theme of “Innovation.”
“Lorain County Community College continues to be an important catalyst in the process of developing highly skilled, entrepreneurial talent that can provide innovative thinking which will stimulate new businesses and ideas leading to long-term growth in Northeast Ohio,” Church said.
Father and son graduates Larry and Tim Henthorn of Lorain believed in LCCC and the University Partnership as a catalyst to help them get where they wanted to go.
Larry earned his associate’s degree from LCCC in 1999; a bachelor’s degree in Automated Manufacturing Engineering Technology from the University of Akron through the University Partnership in 2002, and will receive his master’s degree in Graduate Studies in Engineering Management from Ohio University this spring through the UP. He plans to begin work soon on a Ph.D. in Industrial Design.
Tim earned his associate’s degree from LCCC in 2003 while still in high school at Clearview through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options program, and will graduate this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Toledo, also through LCCC’s UP. He expects to continue on to earn a master’s degree in Engineering Management from Ohio University before seeking his Ph.D.
Both work full-time while seeking their degrees: Tim, 22, as a software engineer for CSG and Larry, 47, as a quality engineer for Goodrich Aerospace.
“In today’s society we have to be persistent and constantly updating our skill set,” Larry said. “You can’t give up. You have to keep improving your skills and LCCC and the UP have provided us with the opportunities to do just that.”
Also graduating from LCCC with associate of arts degrees were 13 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students. The PSEO program allows high school students to earn college credits while in high school. In this program, students enroll in courses at LCCC and receive dual credit for high school requirements and college credit.
These students are Sarah Stromack of Keystone High School; Alicia Scully of Firelands High School, Sarah Murphey, also from Firelands; Taylor Brady from Avon High School; Neil Brennan, Brownhelm Christian Academy; Nicholas Cassell, Columbia High School; Stephanie Hedrick, Firelands; Chad Joppeck, Good Shepherd Academy; Katie Lotko, Brookside High School; Danielle Madere, Olmsted Falls High School; Jessica Mohr, Keystone; Courtney Noster, Clearview High School; and Larry Serfozo, Wellington High School. Amanda Toreky from North Olmsted High School will graduate from LCCC in August.
Many said their LCCC education has helped them become better prepared to continue on with their education at other colleges and universities.
“Honestly, it’s given me a two-year head start for all the huge plans that I have. It was a huge leap up for me,” said Sarah Stromack. Stromack plans to major in pharmacy and law at the University of Akron.