Ivy Tech Bloomington to award more than 1,000 degrees and certifications to graduates next week

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus will hold its annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. in the Indiana University Auditorium, where it will confer approximately 1,002 Associate degrees and certifications to graduates.

“Commencement is the culminating event for our graduates and their families, and our campus looks forward to this ceremony every year,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “My son will graduate with his Master’s degree on the same day this year, so I’ll be celebrating our students from a distance while also celebrating my son! I can relate to the excitement that families feel for the graduate in their lives. My hope is that all of our graduates take this day to celebrate their hard work and persistence before moving along to the opportunities they’ve created for themselves.”

The commencement address will be given by Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) graduate, Ivy Tosti, Associate of Science in Liberal Arts. Tosti chose Ivy Tech after one year out of high school because she could take classes close to home and it was affordable. She was a 21st Century Scholar and member of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Tosti will graduate with Magna Cum Laude honors.

An honorary degree will be presented to Ivy Tech Bloomington benefactor Joan Olcott, for her more than 11 years of steadfast support of the college. Olcott has served as an honorary chair for Ivy Tech Bloomington’s capital campaigns and established an endowed scholarship in healthcare for students pursuing degrees in nursing, radiation therapy and respiratory therapy. In appreciation of her service, friendship and sustained support, the campus named its library in her honor in 2006.

New this May, Ivy Tech Bloomington is conferring degrees to 16 graduates of the recently established Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP) in Liberal Arts. ASAP was designed to provide students (21 and under) with the opportunity to earn an associate degree in as little as 11 months. Beginning in summer 2016, two new ASAP programs will begin in Business Administration and Education.

Some of the graduates who will be celebrated at commencement are a husband and wife, honors students, international students, transfer students, employees, military veterans and those who have found employment because of their education and training at Ivy Tech.

The number of students graduating with honors is 199, with 17 graduating Summa Cum Laude for maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

The campus is graduating 13 international students representing the countries of China, Republic of Senegal, Kingdom of Bahrain, Ghana and Saudi Arabia, and will confer degrees to 17 military veterans.

Approximately 75 Associate of Science in Nursing degrees and 36 Practical Nursing degrees will be awarded.

There are 48 graduates who are members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society. Phi Theta Kappa honor society recognizes and encourages scholarship through leadership and academic excellence among two-year college students.

Each year, Ivy Tech Bloomington recognizes students for outstanding academic achievements. Academic program chairs have chosen 33 students to receive this award. Outstanding Student award recipients include:

Accounting Shauna Hanners

Biotechnology (Associate of Science) John Thomas

Biotechnology (Associate of Applied Science) Alexandra Schwab

Business Administration Adem Poturkovic,

Computer Information Technology John Pobalis

Criminal Justice Laura Lawson

Cyber Security/Information Assurance Joshua Chastain

Design Technology Robert Seger

Early Childhood Education Nouf Kurdi

Education Rebekah Rogers

Electrical Engineering Technology Corey Nikirk

Engineering Technology Logan Ray

Fine Arts Jeff Grounds

General Studies Taversia Borrelli

Healthcare Specialist Tina Simons

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Camella Owens

Homeland Security/Public Safety Kelley Blair

Hospitality Administration Sapphire Dickinson

Humans Services Safiyyah Abd’Llah

Industrial Maintenance Thomas Combs

Kinesiology Priscilla Laird

Liberal Arts Donna Brown

Network Infrastructure Thiam Cisse

Nursing (Associate of Science) Delver Sotomayor

Nursing (Associate of Science Transitional) Dana Spradlin

Office Administration Julie Hardy

Paralegal Studies Daisy Lamptey

Paramedic Science Kira Incollingo

Practical Nursing Jessica Patton

Radiation Therapy Oxana Ocran

Respiratory Care Amanda Worthington

Software Development Tiana Deckard

Supply Chain Management Logistics Bobby Jeanette

Ivy Tech Community College offers associate degrees and certifications that can lead directly to a job or provide students the option to transfer to a four-year institution to finish their bachelor’s degree.

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