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Mt. Carmel, IL – The 54th Commencement at Wabash Valley College will be Friday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Spencer Sports Center.

There will be 241 Associate degrees and certificates conferred in this year’s event which climaxes the academic year.

A Prelude of music by Marcia Woodcock, pianist, will be provided prior to the Processional. Marcia Woodcock, pianist, and Bill Hudson, trumpeter, will provide the music for the Processional and Recessional. Abbi Cook will perform the National Anthem.

Presenting the degree and certificate candidates to Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees Member Al Henager, will be Dr. Matt Fowler, President of Wabash Valley College. Mr. Henager will confer the degrees and certificates to the graduates. Kyle Peach, Radio-TV Broadcasting Instructor, will announce the graduates.

The Charge to the Class will be given by Dr. Andrew Fischer, IECC Board of Trustees Chairman, with the Response by Triston Dillard, Student Senate President. Triston will be receiving an Associate in Science & Arts Degree and is graduating with High Honors. He will be transferring to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to major in Aviation Management and Aviation Flight. Triston has served as Vice-President of Student Senate in 2015 and President in 2016. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and was a WVC Cheerleader. He has been named to the CEO’s Honors List. Triston is the son of Scott and Megan Dillard and Lisa Dillard of Mt. Carmel.

Tiffany Cowger, Assistant Dean of Student Services, serves as Coordinator for Commencement.

Included on the program will be recognition of Outstanding Transfer (Drew McMurray) and Outstanding Career and Technical (Dave Wilderman) faculty members by Robert Conn, Dean of Instruction, and presentation of the Outstanding Transfer Student Scholarship (Morgan Inyart), and the Outstanding Career and Technical Student Scholarship (Hunter Lewis). Hunter is in the Radio/Television Broadcasting Program. These Scholarship recipients will serve as Honor Marshals who will lead the graduates in the Processional.

Jackie Summers, President of the Wabash Valley College Foundation, and Robert Bethards, Foundation Scholarship Chairman and a Past President, will present the Foundation Scholarships.

A Reception, hosted by the Wabash Valley College Foundation, will be held in honor of the graduates in the Red Café in the David L. Hart Student Center immediately following the Commencement. All parents and friends are invited to attend the Commencement and Reception.