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LCC Commencement Set for Friday, May 16

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow to be Commencement Speaker

May 13, 2014

Lansing, MICH – Thousands of students and proud family members will gather for the 56th Annual Commencement of Lansing Community College at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16 at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center, Michigan State University.

Some 3,585 students will be recognized for their academic achievement (1,864 two-year associate degrees; 1,069 certificates of completion; and 652 certificates of achievement.)

After a musical prelude including the playing of Pomp & Circumstance as the students file into the Breslin Center, LCC President Brent Knight will greet the assemblage and deliver opening remarks.

"It's an event we always look forward to, not only to recognize the students for a job well done but to also give a nod to our faculty and staff for their critical role in helping our students succeed," said President Knight.

Edward Woods III, vice chairperson of the LCC Board of Trustees, will present the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.

LCC Board Chairperson Deborah Canja will introduce this year’s commencement speaker – the Honorable U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Senator Stabenow, who a resident of Lansing, became the first woman from Michigan to serve in the U.S. Senate when she was elected in 2000. She serves as Chair of the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee and as a senior member of the Finance, Energy and Budget Committees, giving her a powerful and unique role in shaping the policies critical to our nation’s future in areas including manufacturing, agriculture, health care, and energy. Senator Stabenow also serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Senate Manufacturing Caucus where she champions Michigan’s growing manufacturing sector. The Senator previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan State Legislature, and Ingham County Commission.

LCC chief academic officer, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Richard Prystowsky will present the candidates for degrees and certificates, and the members of the LCC Board of Trustees, along with President Brent Knight, will have the honor of handing the students their well-earned degrees and certificates.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 20,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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