May has arrived and we’re only one week away from Lewis-Clark State College’s main campus commencement ceremony. To say this is an exciting month is an understatement. Having the opportunity to watch another record number of LCSC students walk across the graduation stage, with the pride of having reached their goal after years of hard work, is the highlight of the year.
The Lewiston commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 13, at the LCSC Activity Center beginning at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m. We encourage all friends, family, alumni and supporters of the college to join us for this great celebration. Mr. Nathan Alford, editor and publisher of the Lewiston Tribune, will deliver the keynote address, and we’ll have a number of special guests on hand including Don Soltman, president of the Idaho State Board of Education, and Idaho State Senator Dan Johnson. After the ceremony, the LCSC Alumni Association will host its “Senior Send-Off” celebration, which is open to all. For more information visit www.lcsc.edu/graduation. Live streaming will be available at www.livestream.com/lcsc/LC2016.
LCSC Coeur d’Alene students had the opportunity to enjoy their graduation ceremony on Sunday. The weather couldn’t have been better and the turnout was great. I thank CDA Center Director Rocky Owens and his staff for hosting the event. It is our pleasure to provide educational opportunities to the Coeur d’Alene area, and we’re thrilled that so many students in northern Idaho are choosing LCSC.
This year we again expect to set records for graduates, 789, and degrees awarded, 901. Both numbers would surpass last year’s record-setting final totals of 759 and 777, respectively, and continue an upward trend, especially in degrees awarded. If the projections hold true, LCSC will have more than doubled its number of degrees and certificates awarded since 2000 (418). Each year, more and more students are taking advantage of the excellent programs at Lewis-Clark State, and we’re proud to be awarding so many degrees this year. Though more students are applying for the associate’s degree – something we have encouraged and will continue to promote – much of the increase is due to the tireless efforts of faculty and staff helping students reach their goals.
Speaking of goals, the Warrior baseball team will compete for its annual goal – another national championship title – at the Avista-NAIA World Series on May 27 - June 3. Over 880,000 fans have enjoyed Harris Field in the 25 years LCSC has hosted the Series and I hope you will plan adding to this number when the 10 teams arrive on Memorial Day weekend. Best of luck to the Warriors as they pursue their 18th national title.
Last month, LCSC opened its campus to host the 32nd Annual Art Under the Elms and the Alumni Association’s Family Weekend, and, despite a few April showers, both events were a great success. The exhibits, vendors, and attractions were excellent and all three days were well attended. I thank LCSC’s Continuing Education and Community Events and the Alumni Association for their hard work in making this one of the LC Valley’s premier weekends each year.
With another wonderful semester about to come to a close, I sincerely thank all of the hardworking faculty and staff at LCSC, our outstanding alumni and supporters, and the students themselves. Lewis-Clark State College is helping more students than ever achieve their educational goals and it is because of your efforts.
J. Anthony Fernandez