By CATHY McKINLEY
May is a very exciting month at the college. Students, faculty and staff are busily preparing for the conclusion of the hard work that has taken place over the past academic year. The culmination, of course, is commencement. This year is GCCC's 93rd consecutive commencement. Graduation will be 7 p.m. May 17 in the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex.
A highlight of this year's commencement is that Bill Snyder, the legendary Kansas State University head football coach, will deliver the commencement address. Snyder is known as the architect of the "greatest turnaround in the history of college football." After leading K-State to 17 successful seasons as the head coach from 1989 through 2005, coach Snyder returned to the K-State sidelines in 2008 in hopes of revitalizing a program that he once built into a national force.
After four seasons back in charge, coach Snyder has done just that. Please join the Broncbusters on May 17 to celebrate the graduating class of 2013.
Although graduation is the finale, end-of-the year celebrations began this week.
The Broncbuster athletic awards banquet is at 6 tonight. The banquet will honor all Broncbuster student athletes and GCCC's best male and female 2013 Athletes of the Year will be announced.
The Broncbuster student athletes will be addressed by former Major League Baseball star Ralph Terry, who currently lives in Larned. Terry played as a right-handed pitcher in the major leagues from 1956 to 1967.
He played for the New York Yankees, the Kansas City Athletics, the Cleveland Indians and the New York Mets.
Terry played in five World Series and, in 1962, he was named Most Valuable Player when his team, the Yankees, won the series over the San Francisco Giants. A natural athlete, Terry became a professional golfer after baseball and qualified for and played in four PGA Tour events in 1981 and 1982.
Tickets for the athletic awards banquet are $10, and the public is welcome to attend. Banquet serving will begin at 6 p.m., and the awards ceremony will begin at about 7 p.m. If you would like to join us, please call Ashley Rutti for ticket information at (620) 276-9606.
On Thursday, celebrate another side of higher education — fine arts. The annual Choral Pops Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Building.
The show will feature a collection of tunes from well-known Disney productions, including "A Whole New World," used in "Aladdin," "Fly/I Believe I Can Fly" from "Space Jam," and at least one selection from "Beauty and the Beast." There also will be arrangements from the Fox Television series "Glee."
Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.
On Friday, there is a reception in Mercer Gallery to showcase the annual GCCC Student Art Exhibition. The display features shapes and images completed by more than 30 GCCC art scholarship recipients and others.
The art show opened Friday and runs through May 23. If you can't make it to the reception, stop by Mercer Gallery 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.
Lastly, fall enrollment as well as summer school enrollment is open. It's a good idea to get in early and register because popular and required classes fill up quickly.
Go online to our website — gcccks.edu — to begin the admission process. Just click on the "Future Student" icon to get started.
Or, you can come by the college or call to enroll. Enrollment is conveniently located in the Student & Community Services Center on the east side of the campus.
Hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. For more information, call Admissions at (620) 276-7611 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.