SHERIDAN — Sheridan College will hold its 64th Commencement Ceremony tomorrow at the Bruce Hoffman Golden Dome at 1 p.m.
More than 310 students will receive associate degrees or certificates of completion and prepare to enter the workforce or continue their higher education at another college or university.
“The achievement of a college diploma or certificate is a milestone in the life of a college student,” said Dr. Paul Young, president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District. “Graduation is an example or our long tradition of academic excellence in Sheridan County. Congratulations to the class of 2013.”
Highlights of the ceremony include guest speaker former Gov. Jim Geringer, who will deliver the commencement address and the presentation of the 2013 Distinguished Alum Award to Sheridan resident Ryan Mulholland. Also, the annual President’s Award will be given to an outstanding student.
“One student every year is selected by the president to receive the honor,” explained Wendy Smith, director of marketing and public relations for the college . “It is for a student who goes above and beyond, not just academically, but it includes service to the community. It is a great honor and it is always a surprise. They do a great job of keeping it confidential until the president announces it.”
Several students will also receive bachelor’s degrees through the University of Wyoming. Through partnerships with four-year colleges or universities, some Sheridan College students can complete their bachelor’s or even master’s degrees though Sheridan College. This year’s bachelor’s degree recipients are primarily in the dental hygiene program, but there are several areas of study that offer a bachelor’s degree option.
“Our nursing program has a similar kind of thing,” Smith said. “It is not uncommon. It is just a mix of how they complete those additional requirements. For some of them, the classes are videos, they video into a live class in Laramie. Some are online. Or there are adjunct instructors here.”
In addition, more than two dozen students will receive General Education Diplomas during the ceremony. Though the GED program is not offered through college, the college invites graduates to participate in the formal graduation ceremony.
“We are happy to share our stage with those that have earned their GED,” Smith said. “It is great.”
The event will also feature performances by the Sheridan College Chamber Choir and Collegiate Choral. The event is free and open to the public.
Past Distinguished Alum
- Frank and Phyllis Rotellini 1998
- Michael N. Wells 1999
- Shirley Jackson Heckman 2000
- Joyce Barlow Reedy 2001
- Dave Hofmeier 2002
- Paula L. Wagoner 2003
- Frankie Gillen Gibbs 2004
- Judi Harbel Adams 2005
- Patricia V. Mahon 2006
- Charlene Bodine 2007
- Maurice Campbell 2008
- Val Burgess 2009
- Ryan Wright 2010
- Robin Duncan 2011
- Fred Dollison 2012
- Ryan Mulholland 2013