LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College expects to set records in graduates, with 792, and degrees awarded, 844, when it hosts its 2015 commencement at the LCSC Activity Center on Friday.
Both numbers top the all-time marks set in 2012 of 693 and 753, respectively, and continue the college’s upward trend in enrolling, retaining, and graduating students.
“LCSC has set records for the number of degrees and certificates awarded for six of the past seven years; a distinct reflection of the quality of our programs and student satisfaction with LCSC,” Lewis-Clark State President J. Anthony Fernandez said.
Friday’s commencement ceremony begins at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m. Seating is open and tickets are not required for admission.
“There is no prouder moment for an educator than to have played a part in helping people begin to realize their academic potential,” said Andy Hanson, LCSC Vice President for Student Affairs. “It’s impressive to note the quantity of graduates this year but what continues to be a hallmark of Lewis-Clark State College is the quality of the credentials they’ve earned.”
Fernandez will deliver the keynote address as well as welcome special guests Bill Goesling of the Idaho State Board of Education, Idaho State Senator Dan Johnson, LCSC Foundation Vice President Brad Cannon, Alumni President Stephen Stroschein, and Associated Student Body President Megan Weir.
The commencement program will feature special recognition for a number of individuals including Cannon, who will receive the President’s Medallion, and LCSC professor Eleanor Pepi Downey, recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Cross-Cultural Understanding. Emeritus honorees include Linda Lofaro Coursey, Shaomin Huang, Molly MacGregor-Cole, Carol Nelson, and Bill Perconti.
Immediately following the commencement ceremony, the LCSC Alumni Association will host a “Senior Send-Off” celebration in the parking lot just north of the Activity Center, adjacent to Reid Centennial Hall, for graduates, their families and friends, and alumni.
“This year’s graduates will join thousands of others who, through our nearly 120 years of offering classes, emerge from our college prepared to make a difference in our world,” Hanson said. “We look forward to watching them as they continue to grow and develop beyond the halls of Lewis-Clark State.”
The commencement ceremony will be streamed live online: 2015 LCSC Commencement. It will also be broadcasted live on Cable ONE Channel 13.
For more information visit www.lcsc.edu/graduation.