Photo: Karl Schneider
LCCC President Roy Church, Ph.D., presents diplomas at the Commencement Ceremony on May 17.

Karl Schneider

After his first semester in 1998, Peter Heston has finished up his associate of arts degree. Working as a freelance graphic designer, Heston realized he must finish his degree to land a full-time position with Marvel comics. Heston re-enrolled in 2008 and has reached his personal goal.

Heston graduated this spring with 1,366 other students at Lorain County Community College. Alison Bradley, another graduate, first enrolled at LCCC in 2005. She is hoping to transfer to Youngstown State University to pursue a degree in Public Health.

“This is a big moment for me because I have my two little kids watching me graduate,” Bradley said.

The graduating class of 2014 assembled in the Ewing center for their formal commencement ceremony. Dr. Roy Church, president of LCCC opened the ceremony with some details about the job futures of these graduates.

“In 2020 about 60 percent of jobs will require some form of advanced degree,” Church said.

President of the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education, Robert Briggs, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Briggs passed on the advice of Dale Carnegie, “Success is defined by helping others achieve their goals.” Briggs urged the graduates to remain in the Northeast Ohio area to experience the “greatest cultural renaissance in decades”.

As an added bonus to the graduates this year, a University Partnership Inspiration Award was neatly tucked into the degree binders for each graduate. The award includes $500 for any graduate who enrolls in the University Partnership program at LCCC. On top of the $500, if over 94 students enroll in the University Partnership program, an extra $100 will be given to each student, totaling a $600 award.

Student Senate President Crystal Morgan addressed the graduates during the ceremony. Morgan shared her delight in the graduating class and her admiration for all the hard work and determination put forth by the students of LCCC.

This year’s graduating class also saw the first group of 20 students graduating from LCCC’s Culinary Arts program.

In all 150 students received two degrees, 18 students received three degrees, two students received four degrees and one student, Jessica Brown, received five degrees.

The graduating class of 2014 was finally able to switch their tassels to the left side of their caps, marking their achievement and the new journey that lies before them.