by Josh Sandin
Posted on 5/15/2013
FORT DODGE – Iowa Central Community College held its 46th annual commencement Saturday morning in Fort Dodge. A crowded John E. Hodges Fieldhouse watched as 500 students turned into alumni with a handshake and a walk across the stage.
The ceremony began with welcomes from Iowa Central President Dr. Dan Kinney and Board of Trustees Vice President Larry Hecht. The ceremony featured two speakers, Student Senate President Amanda Becker and First American Bank CEO Tom Schnurr.
Becker spoke about her amazing experiences at Iowa Central, namely sharing classrooms with students from all over the world. Schnurr, a 1972 graduate, shared his secrets for success in life after college.
The Iowa Central Performing Arts students also performed. The concert band performed the traditional commencement pieces Prelude and Pomp and Circumstance along with Recessional. The vocal jazz choir sang the National Anthem and What a Wonderful World.
Iowa Central celebrated one of its largest classes at the 2013 commencement. A final tally of 500 students attended the ceremony while 978 total students declared to graduate. 371 students declared to graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree for the for the spring or summer 2013 and 607 students declared to graduate for a Diploma, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Associate of Science Degree, or Associate of General Studies Degree for spring or summer 2013.
Additionally, Iowa Central had 82 students graduate after the fall semester with an Associate of Arts Degree and another 113 graduate after the fall semester with a Diploma, Associate of Applied Science Degree, Associate of Science Degree or Associate of General Studies Degree.