By Kevin Urbansky
ENGL 162

LCCC will honor 1,245 graduates and 245 University Partnership graduates during its 48th annual commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5 in the Ewing Activities Center. The event will be held at 9:30 a.m. and will feature Gary Cates, senior vice chancellor for Innovation and Enterprise Development at the Ohio Board of Regents giving the anticipated commencement address. The theme this year for the address will be a “Higher Degree of Innovation.”
Of the graduates to be honored, 99 students will receive two degrees, 14 will receive three degrees, one student will receive four, and one student will receive five degrees.  The total amount of degrees to be awarded is 1,380.  The graduating class will receive two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, science, applied science, individualized studies and technical studies.  Also, one-year technical certificates will be awarded.

There are more than 500 students registered to participate in the ceremony including 30 University Partnership students.  Students will be recognized by name as LCCC President Dr. Roy Church hands them their diplomas. The commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on the LCCC cable channel. It can also be seen live from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Streaming live is a convenience offered to those who can’t make it to the ceremony to see their loved one walk across the stage.

The fifth class of Early College High School students will graduate this year.  The group of 56 students from Lorain and Elyria will earn their high school diplomas and their associate of arts degrees. Separate from the Early College High School students are Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students, 18 of whom will be awarded associate of arts degrees. These students, representing nine different school districts, were able to earn college credits while still in high school.

Christine Turnick of Elyria is one of the students about to graduate. She is one of eight people in her diagnostic sonography program receiving a degree. Turnick graduated from Elyria High School in2007 and started pursuing her degree immediately. She overcame many obstacles in the five years she spent at LCCC. She said the hardest thing she dealt with was “juggling school, work, and five-year old daughter.” Turnick completed her clinicals at numerous hospitals, one as far away as Sandusky. She has eight classes left for a bachelor degree, which she is going to obtain from Youngstown State University. Turnick hopes to get a full-time job with the Cleveland Clinic.