The 55th Commencement at Wabash Valley College will be Friday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Spencer Sports Center.
There will be 240 Associate degrees and certificates awarded for 2017, with 165 conferred in this year’s event.
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. The Invocation will be delivered by Jackie Summers.
Presenting the degree and certificate candidates to Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. G. Andrew Fischer, will be Dr. Matt Fowler, President of Wabash Valley College. Trustee Fischer 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 Al Henager, IECC Community Colleges Board of Trustees Member, with the Response by Alexis Carwile, Student Senate Member.
Carwile is receiving an Associate in Applied Science degree in Agricultural Technology (Business). She is the daughter of MaeBeth Carwile and Dwayne Carwile of West Salem, IL, and is a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School. Alexis is a member of the Ag Tech Club, Student Senate, and Red Pin Bowling Club.
Tiffany Cowger, Assistant Dean for Student Services, serves as Coordinator for Commencement.
Included on the program will be recognition of Outstanding Transfer (Todd Gill) and Outstanding Career and Technical (Eric Scheller) faculty members by Robert Conn, Dean of Instruction, and presentation of the Outstanding Transfer Student Scholarship recipient Lauren Goodson and the Outstanding Career and Technical Student Scholarship recipient Brookelyn Hocking in the Nursing Program. These Scholarship recipients will serve as Honor Marshals who will lead the graduates in the Processional.
Rod Rodriguez, President of the Wabash Valley College Foundation, and Jackie Summers, Foundation Scholarship Committee Chairman, 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.