Lorain County Community College will honor the most graduates in its history – 1,532 – along with 321 University Partnership graduates during its 53rd annual commencement ceremony, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 13 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. The theme of this year’s commencement is “Every Dream Matters.”
Jordan Brown, a 2010 Early College High School (ECHS) and LCCC graduate will be the keynote speaker. After graduating from ECHS and LCCC, Brown earned a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in 2014. From 2014-2015 he completed a post-baccalaureate program and entered medical school at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. He aspires to become an anesthesiologist and return to serve the Lorain community.
“Commencement is a celebration of dreams, and every dream matters. It is about each of our graduates deciding that they want to achieve something great in life and then taking the steps to get there,” said LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger.
This year 198 students will receive two degrees, 45 three degrees, nine four degrees, five will get five degrees and one will get six for a total of 1,872 degrees awarded. LCCC’s graduating class will receive two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year and short-term technical certificates will also be awarded.
An additional 321 students will be honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the 12 universities in the LCCC University Partnership program. Some of these include 63 graduates from Ashland University, 48 from Youngstown State University, 44 graduates from The University of Akron, 43 from Kent State University, 30 from Hiram College, and 25 from Cleveland State.
This year more than 500 LCCC and 50 University Partnership students are expected to participate in the May 13th commencement ceremony. They will be recognized individually by name as they cross the stage and receive their diplomas from LCCC President Dr. Marcia J. Ballinger.
Also, this year, 75 students from the ninth class of Early College High School will graduate. This group of students from Lorain County earned 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 an associate degree at the same time. They must be first-generation college students. Since 2007 Early College graduates have earned more than 28,000 college credits.
In addition, 21 College Credit Plus (CCP) students representing seven different school districts will graduate from LCCC with associate of arts degrees. The College Credit Plus program (previously called Post Secondary Enrollment Options) 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.
“My dream when I came to LCCC was to earn an associate degree before I graduated from high school through the College Credit Plus (CCP) program,” Riley Caldwell, 17, said. Caldwell, of Wellington, started taking courses at LCCC’s Wellington Center. She plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing from The University of Akron through the LCCC University Partnership program.
“I chose to attend LCCC because it provides quality education,” Caldwell said. The CCP program allowed her to attend college courses while in high school at no charge. “It would have been very difficult for me to achieve this degree financially otherwise,” she said.
LCCC’s 2017 Commencement ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 13 in the Ewing Activities Center. Guests must be in their seats by 9:15 a.m. or they will be asked to wait in the hall until after the processional has ended.
LCCC Commencement will be streamed live on LCCC’s YouTube channel.