Watch the commencement ceremony on May 13 live online: 2016 LCSC Commencement
LEWISTON, Idaho – Lewis-Clark State College is once again expecting to set records for graduates, 818, and degrees awarded, 941. The majority of these students will be honored at the college’s 2016 commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, at the LCSC Activity Center.
Both graduation 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 increased its number of degrees and certificates awarded by 77 percent since 2008 (533) and by 125 percent since 2000 (418).
“Each year, more and more students are taking advantage of the excellent programs at Lewis-Clark State, and we’re tremendously excited to be awarding this many degrees this year,” LCSC President J. Anthony Fernandez said. “Though more students are applying for their associate degree – something we have encouraged and will continue to promote – much of the increase is a result of the tireless efforts of faculty and staff to help all students reach their goals.”
LCSC’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. Nathan Alford, editor and publisher of the Lewiston Tribune, will deliver the keynote address.
Fernandez will preside over the ceremony as well as welcome special guests Don Soltman, president of the Idaho State Board of Education, Idaho State Senator Dan Johnson, LCSC Foundation President Brad Cannon, Alumni Association President Natalie Holman, and Associated Student Body President Ryan Rehberg.
The commencement program will feature special recognition for a number of individuals including Steven Branting who will receive the President’s Medallion as well as LCSC professor Heather Van Mullem, recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Cross-Cultural Understanding. Emeritus honorees include Janice Raykovich, David McCullough, Sue Niewenhous, Stan Wilson, Rhonda Combs, and Craig Steenberg.
Immediately following the commencement ceremony, the LCSC Alumni Association will host a “Senior Send-Off” celebration for graduates, their families and friends, and alumni. It will be held in the parking lot just north of the Activity Center, adjacent to Reid Centennial Hall.