LCSC handed out 560 degrees at graduation
Lewis-Clark State College handed out a total of 560 degrees and certificates to one of its largest graduating classes in the college’s 115-year history this spring's commencement ceremony in the LCSC Activity Center.
LCS awarded degrees and certificates to 539 graduates, which is its third-largest graduation class. Two years ago, LCSC had 567 graduates.
Eighteen graduates received at least two degrees and/or certificates, including Karen Hunter of Orofino, who earned four degrees and certificates. She received Bachelor of Applies Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees in both Paralegal and Legal Assistance. LCSC also had 112 graduate with honors this year.
The Border Highlanders Pipes and Drums led the commencement processional. Beth Asker, a student at LCSC, sang the “National Anthem.”
LCSC President Dene K. Thomas welcomed guests, including Mike Rush, the interim executive director of the Idaho State Board of Education. Thomas was the main speaker at commencement, while Susan Odom, chair of the LCSC Faculty Association, and Matt Smith, LCSC’s student body president, gave short greetings.
Awards were handed out during the commencement. Former Lewiston mayors and city council members Lovetta Eisele and Jeff Nesset received President’s Medallions, awarded to those who have significantly impacted the college by demonstrating high personal standards, commitment to life-long learning, and personal growth.
Eisele and her family have a strong connection to LCSC. She graduated in 1976 and her grandfather was Idaho. Lieutenant Governor William Drevlow, who cast the deciding vote in turning LCSC into a four-year institution in 1963. Nesset has been a strong supporter of the college throughout his years in Lewiston.
Kathy Grussing, Director of International Programs at LCSC, received the President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Cross-Cultural Understanding. The award honors someone who contributes to a heightened understanding of the value of diversity at LCSC and in area communities. Grussing, who plans to retire in December, has played an important role in helping LCSC’s minority population continue to grow. She also helps the international students put on the annual International Dinner each year.
Emeritus status was awarded to three retiring individuals – Humanities professor William Johnson, Business Technology & Services professor Julie Sages, and Technical & Industrial professor Lynn White.
Following commencement exercise, the LCSC Alumni Association held a reception for graduates, families, friends and alumni at the Student Union Building that was well attended. Cake and refreshments were served.