April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Ivy Tech Columbus graduations set for Saturday

By From Chris Schilling-

Press release

Ivy Tech Community College Columbus will hold its 46th Commencement Ceremony on May 7 to honor and celebrate the graduation of 584 students and the increasing number of completed degrees at its Columbus campus.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Columbus North High School Gymnasium.

More than 800 credentials will be awarded this year from the Columbus campus, including 372 associate degrees, 346 technical certificates, and 105 certificates. The programs with the highest number of graduates are business administration, early childhood education, general studies, health care support, human services, medical assisting, and nursing.

Of the credentials that will be awarded Saturday, more than half were earned during the Spring 2016 term and represent a 5 percent increase in completions over last year's spring term at Ivy Tech Columbus. The 423 Spring 2016 credentials also represent a 12 percent increase over the spring term five years ago.

Graduating student Erin Rockwell, who is the first to complete the Cyber Security/Information Services program at Ivy Tech Columbus, will give the Charge to the Class. Rockwell, a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, has already gained employment in her field of study as an Information Systems Tech 2 at Columbus Regional Health. She is earning an Associate of Applied Science and is the Outstanding Graduate in her program.

An Honorary Associate of Science degree will be presented to Gary Meyer, retired President and CEO of Schneck Medical Center, for his pivotal efforts to increase educational opportunities and attainment in Jackson County. Debbie Beaver-Helton, a 2011 graduate of Ivy Tech and a Registered Nurse at Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center, will be recognized as the recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award.

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