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Ivy Tech to feature three student speakers at graduation

The college will confer degrees to a Hurricane Katrina survivor and displaced workers

May 5, 2010

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus commencement ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 14 at the Indiana University Auditorium.

Approximately 469 students are completing their education at Ivy Tech by earning associate degrees, technical certificates, and certificates. The number of students graduating with honors is at 32 percent, with 15 students earning Summa Cum Laude honors for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

The commencement speakers are Monique Dallas, Business Administration graduate and president of the Indiana chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society; Christopher Reinhart, Design Technology graduate and this year’s winner of the Ivy Tech Jeanine C. Rae Humanitarian Award; and Rick Wagers, Business Administration graduate and member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Each student will talk about their experiences at Ivy Tech and how education has changed their lives.

Chancellor of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus, John Whikehart, says that each year commencement is a culminating event for students and for faculty and staff at Ivy Tech. “We are proud of our graduates who have made incredible sacrifices to complete their educational goals,” he said. “Ivy Tech takes great pride in its students and we are thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments and commitment to education on May 14.”

Some of the graduates who will be celebrated at the ceremony include transfer students, military veterans, midlife career changers, students seeking retraining, and a Hurricane Katrina survivor. Ivy Tech will graduate 46 TAA graduates – those who were laid off from local manufacturing facilities, as well as a total of 11 veterans.

Approximately 75 Associate of Science in Nursing degrees will be awarded, and those nurses will be pinned during the ceremony. In addition, Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus graduated 13 radiation therapists in January with a certificate in proton radiation therapy, and were the first in the nation to receive this specialized training.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled 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.