LCSC to graduate 539 on Friday
Lewis-Clark State College will hand out a total of 560 degrees and certificates to one of its largest graduating classes in the college’s 115-year history at Friday’s commencement ceremony in the LCSC Activity Center.
LCSC will award degrees and certificates to 539 graduates, which is its third-largest graduation class. Two years ago, LCSC had 567 graduates.
Eighteen graduates on Friday will receive at least two degrees and/or certificates, including Karen Hunter of Orofino, will earn four degrees and certificates. She will receive Bachelor of Applies Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees in both Paralegal and Legal Assistance. LCSC also has 112 graduating with honors this year.
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 program also is being webcast live on www.lcsc.edu/
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 Mike Rush, the interim executive director of the Idaho State Board of Education. Thomas will be the main speaker at commencement, while Susan Odom, chair of the LCSC Faculty Association, and Matt Smith, LCSC’s student body president, will give short greetings.
Awards will be handed out during the commencement. Former Lewiston mayors and city council members Lovetta Eisele and Jeff Nesset 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.
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, 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. 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 will be awarded to three retiring individuals – Humanities professor William Johnson, Business Technology & Services professor Julie Sages, and Technical & Industrial professor Lynn White.
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.