Lamar Community College to Hold 75th Commencement Ceremony

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Lamar Community College to Hold 75th Commencement Ceremony

(Lamar, Colorado; April 18, 2014) Lamar Community College will host its seventy‐fifth annual Commencement on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the LCC Wellness Center. 270 degree or certificate‐seeking students are eligible to walk in this year’s commencement. This includes fall 2013 graduates as well as spring and summer 2014 candidates for graduation. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. No tickets will be required for admittance.

Student Government has selected “Now is the time for us to shine. The time when our dreams are within reach and possibilities vast. Now is the time for all of us to become the people we have always dreamed of being. This is your world. You’re here. You matter. The world is waiting.” by Haley James Scott off of the TV show One Tree Hill as this graduation year’s quote.

The college has invited the Director of the American Association of Community Colleges Center for Workforce and Economic Development, Jen Worth, as the Commencement speaker. The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is the membership organization that community colleges join to learn the latest innovations.

She focuses on empowering community colleges to effectively collaborate with industry, workforce boards, economic development entities and other community organizations to improve the prosperity of individual workers, businesses, and communities. Jen and her colleagues focus on industry connections for community colleges as well as employment strategies and solutions for people to get jobs.

Worth has managed national foundation and industry sponsored initiatives as well as an annual event called the Workforce Development Institute that draws approximately 700 colleges from around the country each year. She spends half her time in Washington DC in heels and the other half in steel toe boots on plant floors. She has two loud dogs, a firefighter husband, a 3 year old boy and a 3 month old boy.

Outside of this speech, Worth has been to Lamar Community College twice in her life and has been touting Lamar as a center of innovation in just about every speech she gives to other colleges and industry partners.  She managed the Wal-Mart grant that supported the Horse Training & Management program arena, and stands ready to support the college, the faculty, and every student who comes out of Lamar, as best she can, for as long as she is standing.

As customary, students will have a significant role in commencement activities. Clint Buringa and Shaelynn McCracken have been selected as the class student speakers. Mikaila Martinez and Sarah Carillo will give the invocation and benediction.

To reduce congestion on the floor, family members are encouraged to take photos from their seats. Additionally, graduates’ families may choose to take photos with their graduates before entering the building or after the ceremonies have concluded.

Family members may choose to view Commencement via live web streaming. A link will be available from the LCC homepage at www.lamarcc.edu.

A cake and punch reception for graduates and families will follow Commencement.

Additionally, the College will also host its annual Nursing Pinning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd at the LCC Wellness Center.

Parking will be available in the Wellness Center parking lot. Overflow parking is available in the large student parking lots north of Todd‐Burch Residence Hall and the Betz Technology Center, and staff parking lot. No parking will be allowed in the borrow ditches west of the Wellness Center.

For more information about Commencement, contact Lamar Community College at 336.1590 or information@lamarcc.edu. More details regarding the Nursing Pinning can be obtained at 336.1597 or nursing@lamarcc.edu.

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