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CCAC 2012 commencement exercises were held on a beautiful evening Tuesday, May 22 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. More than 4,500 people attended.
The event began with a call to order by Grand Marshal Melanie Yeschenko, associate professor, Child and Family Studies, CCAC–Boyce Campus and the national anthem sung by student Justin P. Sullivan of CCAC–Boyce Campus.
President Alex Johnson shared opening remarks, highlighting the stories of students Carla Young (’12), Kirk Thoma (’12) and Betty Lyons (’93, ’97 & ’12), president, CCAC Alumni Board. Read President Johnson’s remarks.
The Honorable William R. Robinson, chair, CCAC Board of Trustees recognized the CCAC Board of Trustees, then student reflections were shared by Michael Chessey (’12), AS Music, CCAC–Boyce Campus. The ceremony’s Faculty Greeting was delivered by Paul Gogniat, associate professor, Mathematics, CCAC–Boyce Campus.
The 2012 commencement address was shared by Alumna Charlene Petrelli (’85 & ’12), vice president and chief human resources officer, EQT Corporation and president, EQT Foundation. Petrelli received an honorary associate of arts degree in Humane Letters during the ceremony.
The presentation of graduations was completed by Mary Frances Archey, EdD, vice president, Learning and Student Development. Students were then introduced as they walked onto the stage to receive their diplomas by George Jaber, professor, Performing Arts, CCAC–South Campus and Imogene Hines, professor, Journalism, CCAC–Boyce Campus. Upon conferral of degrees by President Johnson, Betty Lyons (’93, ’97 & ’12) led the reading of the CCAC Alumni Pledge before President Johnson led the celebration of turning of the tassels to great cheers from the graduates and their families.