The LLCC Office of the Vice President of Student Services is currently seeking student speaker nominations for Commencement 2018. Please take a few minutes to consider students you would recommend as a potential speaker. If you would like to nominate a student, instructions along with an application and graduate listing are attached below for your convenience.
All nominations should be returned to Menard Hall, room 1255, no later than noon on Friday, April 6. Nominees must have completed graduation requirements at the end of the summer 2017 or fall semester 2017, or be candidates for graduation at the end of spring semester 2018 or summer term 2018. All nominated students need to have their speech ready to audition on Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2207.
The LLCC Office of the Vice President of Student Services is seeking outstanding graduate nominations for Commencement 2018. The recognition of a student as an outstanding graduate is an important part of the Commencement tradition at LLCC.
If you would like to nominate a graduate, instructions, application and graduate listings are attached below for your convenience. Please complete and return to Gailyn Draper, Menard Hall, room 1255, no later than noon on Friday, April 6. Nominees must have completed graduation requirements at the end of the summer term of 2017 or fall semester 2017, or be candidates for graduation at the end of spring semester 2018 or summer term 2018.
The line of march Line-of-March 2017Rev 050817 is an APPROXIMATION of where you will be seated during the 2017 commencement ceremony. The faculty marshals this year are Michael Ramm and Jason Dockter, and they will direct you to the appropriate location during the seating process. There are 10 seats in a row, so, if there are last-minute no-shows or people line up a bit differently than what is listed (which is fine), you may be in a different row than what is designated in the line of march document.
The line of march will be posted in several locations on the ramp to refer to upon your arrival. Please line up according to that list. If you believe you should be somewhere else in the line or want to sit by someone specific, feel free to move there. No one monitors or checks the order of the lineup for faculty and administrators. Our goal is to have two equal lines. The only exception is faculty emeriti who will be lined up at the head of the line.
Commencement is a time when the focus is on our graduating students and their accomplishments. We appreciate your attendance at the ceremony and look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our students together.
PLEASE NOTE!!! Parking will be a challenge. Leave earlier than you had planned. Springfield is expecting several thousand people downtown the same evening as commencement for the Fat Ass 5K street party.
LLCC will conduct commencement exercises on Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
Olatayo Ajenifuja of Springfield and Alex Portwood of Sheldon have been selected as this year’s commencement speakers. Ajenifuja is graduating with an Associate in Science in pre-clinical laboratory science with a 3.57 GPA. He is a mathematics and sciences departmental honors graduate and plans to study neuroscience and neurobiology at a four-year university. Portwood is an LLCC basketball athlete graduating with an Associate in Arts degree in business with a 4.0 GPA. He plans to transfer to a four-year university to major in business economics and continue playing basketball.
Regina Suszko of Springfield and Catherine Wittler of Williamsville are serving as marshals. Suszko is graduating with an Associate in Arts degree in philosophy with a 4.0 GPA. After graduation, she plans to take a gap year before pursuing a degree in sign language interpretation for the deaf. Suszko is vice president of the PTK Illinois Region Central District, public relations officer of LLCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, captain of LLCC’s Quiz Bowl team, treasurer of LLCC’s Honors Program Student Organization and ranks 12th in the nation as a quiz bowl player.
Wittler is graduating with an Associate in Arts degree in business administration with a 4.0 GPA. Following graduation, she plans to study marketing and environmental sustainability at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Wittler serves as president of LLCC’s Honors Program Student Organization, vice president of scholarship of LLCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and vice president of LLCC’s Student Government Association. In addition, she works as a student recruiter at LLCC and participated in a biological field studies research trip to Belize in January 2017.
William “Bill” D. McCarty II, is being recognized with the 2017 Honored Alumni Award. McCarty received an Associate in Science degree in liberal arts from LLCC in May 1995. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, double majoring in finance and computer applications, from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Following college, McCarty opened a restaurant in Lincoln, ran a small vending business and spent three years as village trustee in Williamsville. He was elected as Williamsville mayor before the age of 30 and served as mayor for four years. After working for the State of Illinois Bureau of Property Management as the chief financial officer, he was appointed in May of 2011 to serve the City of Springfield as director of budget and management where he is responsible for overseeing accounting, budgeting, payroll, purchasing, facilities maintenance and fleet services. Two years ago McCarty started a technology company called GOV311. In his spare time, he develops 311 smartphone apps that help local governmental entities better engage their constituents. McCarty is active in the community serving as The Parent Place board president and as a volunteer for a number of other organizations.
To remind students that registration is now open for fall classes, please wear the “Register for classes today!” buttons handed out last semester. Buttons are also available at the Information Desk in A. Lincoln Commons. Please help us get the word out to students about the advantages of registering early! (More choice of classes, more options for payment, peace of mind!)
Am I considered a “Responsible Employee” under Title IX? The answer is probably “yes” Facilitators: Leslie Johnson, assistant vice president, student success and Nicole Ralph, director, employment and benefits
Did you know that most faculty and staff are considered “responsible employees” under Title IX? Attend this session to learn more about who is considered a responsible employee under Title IX, and what their obligations are. This session will discuss what to do and what not to do when a student informs you of an alleged incident of sexual violence. Resources and best practices will also be shared.
Outstanding Graduate nominations are due by noon today! Nominees must have completed graduation requirements at the end of the summer term of 2016, fall semester 2016, or be candidates for graduation at the end of spring semester 2017 or summer term 2017. If you would like to nominate a graduate, instructions and an application for nomination is attached (below) along with a listing of students who have applied for graduation. Complete and return to Gailyn Draper, Menard Hall, room 1255.