LCCC Graduates 1,362 Students – Most in LCCC History – and 309 UP Students

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College honored 1,362 graduates – the most in its history – and 309 University Partnership graduates during its 49th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. LCCC Professor Bruce Weigl – a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry and a Vietnam Veteran – was the keynote speaker.

This year 117 students received two degrees and 18 received three degrees, for a total of 1,515 degrees being awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 309 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the 12 universities in the LCCC University Partnership program including a group of 15 that are the first graduates from the Hiram College program.

More than 550 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the May 18th commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas from LCCC President Roy A. Church.

Lorain County Community College honored 1,362 graduates – the most in its history – and 309 University Partnership graduates during its 49th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. LCCC Professor Bruce Weigl – a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry and a Vietnam Veteran – was the keynote speaker.

This year 117 students received two degrees and 18 received three degrees, for a total of 1,515 degrees being awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 309 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the 12 universities in the LCCC University Partnership program including a group of 15 that are the first graduates from the Hiram College program.

{mosimage}More than 550 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the May 18th commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas from LCCC President Roy A. Church.

"The number of degrees being awarded this year is a representation of the positive educational transformation taking place in Lorain County. This ceremony is a celebration of the individual accomplishments of both LCCC and University Partnership graduates that contribute to our county’s rising educational attainment and highlights how motivated Lorain County residents are to prepare themselves for a changing economy," said LCCC President Roy A. Church.

Whoever you were when you first walked through the doors of the college, you are a different person today: more confident, well trained in your field of study, and more fully aware of your potential to make a difference in the world," Weigl told the graduates.

The crowd of 3,000 plus participated in a reunion of a husband and wife. Kyle Starkey surprised his wife Ashley Starkey on stage after she received her associate of applied science degree. He is serving in the United State Navy and was overseas. He recently was stationed in Florida, but told her he could not make it home for her graduation. 

He received permission from his superior officers for several days leave and was able to surprise her at graduation.

"Holding a ceremony like this on ‘Armed Forces Day’ of all days, gives us yet another opportunity to thank you and others for your service," Church said. He asked all veterans to stand and be recognized by the crowd.

Two LCCC faculty members were chosen as the 2013 winners of the Faculty Excellence Awards. Daniel Cleary, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and Patricia Schrull, professor and LPN program director were this year’s winner of the Faculty Excellence Awards.

They were chosen for demonstrating extraordinary innovations in classroom teaching, educational practices or curriculum development, while also providing exemplary service to impact the college and the community. The awards came with a $2,500 prize from the LCCC Foundation.

Also this year 65 students in the sixth class of Early College High School graduated with both their high school diplomas and their associate of arts degrees.

Early College High School is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time. They must be first-generation college students.

"I chose Early College to grow as an individual. I’ve always felt that in life there are certain things that should take priority over others, one being education. Being at a normal high school I would have probably felt like I wasn’t doing everything I can to get ahead," said 18-year-old Rafael Velazquez-Vazquez.

He plans to continue with his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University through LCCC’s University Partnership.

Also graduating from LCCC with associate of arts degrees are 20 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students representing nine different school districts. 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.

Angela DiBernardo, a motivated 18-year-old, will graduate from Avon Lake High School in June but she already earned an Associate of Arts degree from LCCC utilizing the PSEO program with classes at LCCC and her high school.

The PSEO program helped prepare her for the next step in her education: attending The Ohio State University to study architecture.

"LCCC has helped me complete all my general education requirements before I go on to my major specific courses at OSU," DiBernardo said.

To read more stories about LCCC and UP “Great Grads” visit www.lorainccc.edu/greatgrads.

Click here to see a video of the 2013 Commencement ceremony.

LCCC Graduates 1,362 Students – Most in LCCC History – and 309 UP Students

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College honored 1,362 graduates – the most in its history – and 309 University Partnership graduates during its 49th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. LCCC Professor Bruce Weigl – a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry and a Vietnam Veteran – was the keynote speaker.

This year 117 students received two degrees and 18 received three degrees, for a total of 1,515 degrees being awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 309 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the 12 universities in the LCCC University Partnership program including a group of 15 that are the first graduates from the Hiram College program.

More than 550 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the May 18th commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas from LCCC President Roy A. Church.

Lorain County Community College honored 1,362 graduates – the most in its history – and 309 University Partnership graduates during its 49th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. LCCC Professor Bruce Weigl – a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry and a Vietnam Veteran – was the keynote speaker.

This year 117 students received two degrees and 18 received three degrees, for a total of 1,515 degrees being awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 309 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the 12 universities in the LCCC University Partnership program including a group of 15 that are the first graduates from the Hiram College program.

{mosimage}More than 550 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the May 18th commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas from LCCC President Roy A. Church.

"The number of degrees being awarded this year is a representation of the positive educational transformation taking place in Lorain County. This ceremony is a celebration of the individual accomplishments of both LCCC and University Partnership graduates that contribute to our county’s rising educational attainment and highlights how motivated Lorain County residents are to prepare themselves for a changing economy," said LCCC President Roy A. Church.

Whoever you were when you first walked through the doors of the college, you are a different person today: more confident, well trained in your field of study, and more fully aware of your potential to make a difference in the world," Weigl told the graduates.

The crowd of 3,000 plus participated in a reunion of a husband and wife. Kyle Starkey surprised his wife Ashley Starkey on stage after she received her associate of applied science degree. He is serving in the United State Navy and was overseas. He recently was stationed in Florida, but told her he could not make it home for her graduation. 

He received permission from his superior officers for several days leave and was able to surprise her at graduation.

"Holding a ceremony like this on ‘Armed Forces Day’ of all days, gives us yet another opportunity to thank you and others for your service," Church said. He asked all veterans to stand and be recognized by the crowd.

Two LCCC faculty members were chosen as the 2013 winners of the Faculty Excellence Awards. Daniel Cleary, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and Patricia Schrull, professor and LPN program director were this year’s winner of the Faculty Excellence Awards.

They were chosen for demonstrating extraordinary innovations in classroom teaching, educational practices or curriculum development, while also providing exemplary service to impact the college and the community. The awards came with a $2,500 prize from the LCCC Foundation.

Also this year 65 students in the sixth class of Early College High School graduated with both their high school diplomas and their associate of arts degrees.

Early College High School is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time. They must be first-generation college students.

"I chose Early College to grow as an individual. I’ve always felt that in life there are certain things that should take priority over others, one being education. Being at a normal high school I would have probably felt like I wasn’t doing everything I can to get ahead," said 18-year-old Rafael Velazquez-Vazquez.

He plans to continue with his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University through LCCC’s University Partnership.

Also graduating from LCCC with associate of arts degrees are 20 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students representing nine different school districts. 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.

Angela DiBernardo, a motivated 18-year-old, will graduate from Avon Lake High School in June but she already earned an Associate of Arts degree from LCCC utilizing the PSEO program with classes at LCCC and her high school.

The PSEO program helped prepare her for the next step in her education: attending The Ohio State University to study architecture.

"LCCC has helped me complete all my general education requirements before I go on to my major specific courses at OSU," DiBernardo said.

To read more stories about LCCC and UP “Great Grads” visit www.lorainccc.edu/greatgrads.

Click here to see a video of the 2013 Commencement ceremony.

LCCC Graduates 1,362 Students – Most in LCCC History – and 309 UP Students

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College honored 1,362 graduates – the most in its history – and 309 University Partnership graduates during its 49th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. LCCC Professor Bruce Weigl – a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry and a Vietnam Veteran – was the keynote speaker.

This year 117 students received two degrees and 18 received three degrees, for a total of 1,515 degrees being awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 309 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the 12 universities in the LCCC University Partnership program including a group of 15 that are the first graduates from the Hiram College program.

More than 550 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the May 18th commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas from LCCC President Roy A. Church.

Lorain County Community College honored 1,362 graduates – the most in its history – and 309 University Partnership graduates during its 49th annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. LCCC Professor Bruce Weigl – a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Poetry and a Vietnam Veteran – was the keynote speaker.

This year 117 students received two degrees and 18 received three degrees, for a total of 1,515 degrees being awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 309 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the 12 universities in the LCCC University Partnership program including a group of 15 that are the first graduates from the Hiram College program.

{mosimage}More than 550 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the May 18th commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas from LCCC President Roy A. Church.

"The number of degrees being awarded this year is a representation of the positive educational transformation taking place in Lorain County. This ceremony is a celebration of the individual accomplishments of both LCCC and University Partnership graduates that contribute to our county’s rising educational attainment and highlights how motivated Lorain County residents are to prepare themselves for a changing economy," said LCCC President Roy A. Church.

Whoever you were when you first walked through the doors of the college, you are a different person today: more confident, well trained in your field of study, and more fully aware of your potential to make a difference in the world," Weigl told the graduates.

The crowd of 3,000 plus participated in a reunion of a husband and wife. Kyle Starkey surprised his wife Ashley Starkey on stage after she received her associate of applied science degree. He is serving in the United State Navy and was overseas. He recently was stationed in Florida, but told her he could not make it home for her graduation. 

He received permission from his superior officers for several days leave and was able to surprise her at graduation.

"Holding a ceremony like this on ‘Armed Forces Day’ of all days, gives us yet another opportunity to thank you and others for your service," Church said. He asked all veterans to stand and be recognized by the crowd.

Two LCCC faculty members were chosen as the 2013 winners of the Faculty Excellence Awards. Daniel Cleary, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and Patricia Schrull, professor and LPN program director were this year’s winner of the Faculty Excellence Awards.

They were chosen for demonstrating extraordinary innovations in classroom teaching, educational practices or curriculum development, while also providing exemplary service to impact the college and the community. The awards came with a $2,500 prize from the LCCC Foundation.

Also this year 65 students in the sixth class of Early College High School graduated with both their high school diplomas and their associate of arts degrees.

Early College High School is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time. They must be first-generation college students.

"I chose Early College to grow as an individual. I’ve always felt that in life there are certain things that should take priority over others, one being education. Being at a normal high school I would have probably felt like I wasn’t doing everything I can to get ahead," said 18-year-old Rafael Velazquez-Vazquez.

He plans to continue with his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University through LCCC’s University Partnership.

Also graduating from LCCC with associate of arts degrees are 20 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students representing nine different school districts. 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.

Angela DiBernardo, a motivated 18-year-old, will graduate from Avon Lake High School in June but she already earned an Associate of Arts degree from LCCC utilizing the PSEO program with classes at LCCC and her high school.

The PSEO program helped prepare her for the next step in her education: attending The Ohio State University to study architecture.

"LCCC has helped me complete all my general education requirements before I go on to my major specific courses at OSU," DiBernardo said.

To read more stories about LCCC and UP “Great Grads” visit www.lorainccc.edu/greatgrads.

Click here to see a video of the 2013 Commencement ceremony.

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