LCSC to graduate 627 on Friday
Lewis-Clark State College will hand out a record 660 degrees and certificates to 627 students during its commencement ceremony on Friday night at the LCSC Activity Center.
LCSC's commencement program will begin at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and seating is open except for a small area reserved for special guests. There also is an area set up for wheelchairs next to the gymnasium floor. Overflow seating is not available.
The program also is being webcast live on LCSC's web site at http://www.lcsc.edu/graduation/stream.htm
The 660 degrees and certificates are an all-time record in the 118-year history of the college and marks the third straight year LCSC has topped 600. The previous record was 638 degrees set last year.
It’s also the second time LCSC has graduated more than 600 students. The 627 tops the previous all-time mark of 609 set in 2009.
Six students will earn three degrees/certificates during Friday’s ceremony, while 21 others will earn two degrees/certificates.
The Border Highlanders Pipes and Drums along with the Lewiston Firefighters Pipes and Drums will lead the commencement processional. Tiffany Heckathorn, a student at LCSC, will sing the "National Anthem."
LCSC President J. Anthony (Tony) Fernandez will welcome guests, including Don Soltman of the Idaho State Board of Education. Fernandez will be the main speaker at commencement, while Harold Crook, chair of the LCSC Faculty Association, Jonelle McCoy, LCSC's student body president, and Don Montgomery, president of the LCSC Alumni Association, will give short greetings.
Awards will be handed out during the commencement. Clarkston’s Don Poe, a longtime member of the LCSC Foundation Board, will receive the President’s Medallion for his contributions to the LCSC campus.
Ray Esparsen, an art professor at LCSC, will receive 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.
Emeritus status will be awarded to three retiring faculty members – Education professor Wayne Carroll, Social Work professor J.R. Seaman, and Natural Sciences professor Tom Urquhart, who until his retirement had the longest tenure at LCSC at 35 years.
Following the commencement exercise, the LCSC Alumni Association will hold a free reception for graduates, families, friends and alumni at the Student Union Building. Brownies, cookies, and refreshments will be served.