May commencement ceremony; students say goodbye to IVCC

On Saturday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m., Illinois Valley Community College will host its 49th annual commencement for the graduates of spring 2015. The speaker will be former Illinois Lt. Governor (2011-2015), Sheila J. Simon.

The program will begin with a processional performed by the IVCC Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Gene Montgomery, followed by a welcome statement by President Jerry Corcoran.

The Illinois Valley Civil Air Patrol Cadets will present our national colors and anthem.

From there, invocation will be given by IVCC student Jessica Nelson and a musical interlude by the Wind Ensemble.

The IVCC Board of Trustees will be introduced, in addition to a speech by Amy Rogowski, student trustee for the 2014-2015 academic year, and Melissa Olivero, board chair.

Andrea Neff, IVCC student winner of the 2015 Paul Simon Essay Contest, will read her submission.

The final parts of the ceremony will be conducted by Deborah Anderson, vice president for academic affairs, including addressment of graduates, presentation of the class of 2015, and conferring of certificates and degrees.

There will be a reception following the ceremony.

After this day of well-deserved recognition, students will move onto the next chapter in their lives, whether that be transferring to a university to further their education, beginning their career with a newly earned degree or certificate, enlisting with the military, etc.

No matter what path the graduates intend to take after this day, one thing is sure: Illinois Valley Community College will forever be a part of their lives and will play a role in helping them achieve the lives they desire in the future.