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Tom Izzo, One of the Nation's All-Time Greatest Basketball Coaches, to Address Lansing Community College Graduates

LCC commencement to be held on Thursday, May 11

May 5, 2017

LANSING, MICH. - Legendary Men's Basketball Coach, Tom Izzo, will speak to hundreds of graduates during Lansing Community College's 59th Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 11. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Jack Breslin Student Events Center on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU).

A 1977 graduate of Northern Michigan University, Izzo joined the Spartan program as an assistant coach in 1983. After 12 seasons as an assistant, the 1995-96 campaign marked his first season as Head Coach.

With a career record of 544-220, it is easy to see that Coach Izzo knows how to win, for his program and his student athletes. In his 22 years as head coach, 85 percent of his players who completed their eligibility also left with a degree.

"We are honored to have Coach Izzo as our commencement speaker this year," said LCC President, Dr. Brent Knight. "He embodies what a leader committed to student success should practice on a daily basis by ensuring his athletes are successful both on the court and in the classroom."

Tom Izzo was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 9, 2016, cementing his status as one of the game's all-time greats. In 22 seasons as head coach of the Michigan State men's basketball program, Izzo has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments, including the 2000 NCAA National Championship, seven regular-season Big Ten Championships, seven Final Four appearances, eight National Coach of the Year awards, and a Big Ten-record of 20 straight NCAA Tournament appearances. LCC's Commencement Ceremony, including parking, is free and open to the public. Questions concerning the ceremony can be directed to the LCC Registrar's Office at (517) 483-1200.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 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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