Ivy Tech Community College graduated 1,305 students in the class of 2021 in its ceremonies at noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, at the Ford Center. These students earned more than 1800 degrees and credentials. The ceremonies will also include students who graduated in 2021, earning 1,116 credentials and degrees, but no program was conducted.
Speakers for the event include:
- Daniela Vidal, chancellor
- Chris Lowery, senior vice president, Workforce and Careers
- Danny Lopez, vice president for external affairs and corporate communications for Pacers Sports & Entertainment.
- Patrick Berryhill, outstanding graduate, Paramedic Science
- Nakebi Swanigan, outstanding graduate, Early Childhood Education
- Luke Harris, outstanding graduate, Automotive Technology
Berryhill, Swanigan, and Harris are among 30 other Outstanding Graduates who have earned a 3.5 GPA or greater and were selected by their dean. 35 percent of Ivy Tech graduates will be recognized for earning Latin Honors of cum laude (3.5 GPA) summa cum laude (3.75 GPA) and magna cum laude (4.0 GPA).
“We are so proud of our graduates from both 2020 and 2021!” said Vidal. “To our Ivy Tech graduates, continue to make us proud. Take the Ivy Tech name wherever you go. We are a family now, wear our name like a badge of honor. But most importantly, take the Ivy Tech spirit to the next phase of your career, whatever that may be. Through your own example, show others what a great place this is.”
Ivy Tech prepares students to either transfer as a junior to a four-year college of their choice, or to enter the workforce in skilled positions. Among those students are 98 who earned the “Transfer as a Junior” degree. There are also nearly 240 students who have earned the Indiana College Core, allowing them to “Start as a Sophomore” at a four-year college.
Through a combination of Ivy Tech dual credit offered in high school at no cost; and dual enrollment credits, students have earned their degree or credential at no or low cost to them or their families. There are more than 150 students who are earning more than 200 degrees or credentials before graduating from their high school this year, which includes EVSC’s Early College Program at the Evansville campus; as well as at Tell City High School, and Perry Central High School.
Ivy Tech Evansville also has 57 graduates who earned their degree through a partnership with their workplace and Ivy Tech’s Achieve your Degree Program. Students in this program benefit from deferred tuition reimbursement from their employer. There were also 175 apprentices earning nearly 190 degrees and credentials.
The Commencement Ceremonies are as follows:
Noon Ceremony – Barbara J. Hilton, RN School of Nursing and Frank L. Hilton, MD School of Health Sciences
3 p.m. Ceremony – School of Business, Logistics and Supply Chain; School of Information Technology; and School of Public Affairs and Social Services, and Early Childhood Education
6 p.m. Ceremony – School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Science, Apprentices, and School of Arts, Sciences & Education
Each of the ceremonies will be live streamed at www.ivytech.edu/evansville/graduation
Awards to be presented during the ceremonies
- 2020 Honorary Degree recipient, Lu Porter, Foundation Board Member for more than 20 years
- 2021 Honorary Degree recipient, David Gunn, former Board of Trustees Member, and Managing Partner of the Accounting Group LLC
- 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Lynda Gamroth, owner Patton Photography
- 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, DeAndre Wilson, serial entrepreneur.
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.