LCSC will graduate 549 on Friday
Lewis-Clark State College will graduate its second-largest class in the college’s 114-year history during Friday’s commencement ceremony in the Activity Center.
A total of 580 degrees and certificates will be awarded to 549 graduates, of which 10 have earned three or more degrees and/or certificates, including Michelle Fluckiger of Lewiston, who will earn a Bachelor’s of Science and an Associate of Applied Science in Hotel/Restaurant Management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science and an AAS in Paralegal.
Last year, LCSC graduated a record 567 students.
LCSC’s commencement program will begin at 6 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public. Doors 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.
The Border Highlanders Pipes and Drums will lead the commencement processional. Beth Asker, a student at LCSC, will sing the “National Anthem.”
LCSC President Dene K. Thomas will welcome guests, including Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter and State Board of Education member Paul Agidius of Moscow. Thomas will be the main speaker at commencement, while Leanne Parker, chair of the LCSC Faculty Association, and Cody Bloomsburg, LCSC’s student body president, will give short greetings.
Awards will be handed out during the exercise. Former LCSC President Jerold Dugger and his wife Evelyn will receive 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.
Dugger was named the ninth president at LCSC on July 15, 1968 and served in the office for nearly a decade. Dugger was instrumental in helping LCSC grow and was in office when the college’s name officially changed from Lewis-Clark Normal School to its current Lewis-Clark State College. He also brought accreditation to LCSC’s four-year programs. While in office, the Sam Glenn Complex, Meriwether Lewis Hall, and the Student Union Building were all built.
Evelyn taught school at Parkway Elementary in Clarkston. The couple make their home in Lewiston.
Bill Hayne, Director of Field Experience for the Education Division 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. Hayne has been active in promoting diversity on the campus. He played a vital role in bringing the “Pi’amkinwaas” American Indian Center for Educational Excellence to LCSC to give Native American students a place to study and socialize on campus, and to help their transition to higher education. He also established an annual trip for LCSC education students to visit various diverse schools in the Seattle area, including tribal, private, and inner city schools.
Following the commencement exercise, the LCSC Alumni Association will hold a free reception for graduates, families, friends and alumni at the Student Union Building. Cake and refreshments will be served.