College to conduct graduation on Friday
CORRECTION: The date for the Garden City Community College commencement ceremony was incorrect in a previous online version of this story. The graduation ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in the main gymnasium of the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex.
By The Telegram
Garden City Community College will conduct its 93rd commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday in the main gymnasium of the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex, honoring the accomplishments of more than 340 associate degree and certificate candidates.
The ceremony will include a keynote address by Bill Snyder, Kansas State University head football coach, and recognition of distinguished guest Dr. Nathan A. Strandmark, family physician at Plaza Medical Center and GCCC student from 1995 to 1997.
Each participating graduate will cross the stage individually, in a tradition dating back to the college's first commencement in 1920, when there was one degree recipient.
Graduates include approximately 20 men and women earning associate in arts degrees, 203 who have completed associate in science requirements, 50 receiving associate in applied science degrees and 14 who have met associate in general studies degree requirements.
In addition, approximately 55 are receiving certificates in automotive technology, cosmetology, industrial maintenance or practical nursing.
The ceremony is open to the public.
In addition to prelude selections and a processional featuring Edward Elgar's traditional "Pomp and Circumstance," the program includes presentation of colors by the Buffalo Battalion Junior ROTC Color Guard of Garden City High School; a welcome, introductions and conferring of degrees by Herbert J. Swender, president.
Recognition of Outstanding Student Award recipients will be given by Ryan Ruda, vice president of student services/athletic director.
The graduating class is to be recognized by Bruce Exstrom, vice president of instructional services, and Ruda. Dr. Merilyn Douglass, chair of the Board of Trustees, is planning to introduce Strandmark and Swender will introduce Snyder.
Musical features of the program include the GCCC Alma Mater and Ruth Elaine Schram's "By Your Side and in Your Heart," by the GCCC Concert Choir, conducted by J. Clayton Wright, choral music director.
Carolyn Klassen, piano-organ instructor, is serving as organist.