DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College officials are set to confer a record number of degrees and certificates during commencement exercises Friday (May 18).
More than 450 degrees and certificates will be conferred this year, while more than 200 graduates will participate in the ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Mary Miller Center gymnasium, 2000 E. Main St.
For the third year, the ceremony will include graduates from both the Level I and Level II nursing programs. Nursing graduates will receive their nursing pins as well as their certificates and diplomas.
The ceremony also will include a baccalaureate graduate from Franklin University.
Dwight A. Lucas — East Central Illinois Community Action Agency's executive director, who co-founded the Dustbowl Basketball Tournament in 1972 — will deliver the commencement address. Lucas is a member of the DACC Foundation Board of Directors and serves on two board committees.
A Danville native and Air Force veteran, Lucas is a graduate of Danville High School, DACC and Eastern Illinois University. In 2001, he was recognized as the DACC Distinguished Alumnus.
He also was inducted into Danville High's Wall of Fame in 2005.
In addition, Lucas is vice president of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA), a statewide membership association for 40 community action agencies; a board member of the Mid-America Community Action Association, a six-state regional association of community action agencies; and a committee steering co-chairman of the Commission for the Elimination of Poverty in Illinois.
The class response will be delivered by summa cum laude candidates Hayley M. Lockwood, of Catlin, who is receiving an associate degree in broadcasting/public relations, and Amanda Rose Frazier, of Collison, who is receiving an associate degree in radiologic technology.
The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Paul W. Groth, of Danville, a summa cum laude candidate who is receiving an associate degree in mechanical engineering. And the tassel ceremony will be led by Cynthia Louise Maro, of Milford, a summa cum laude candidate who is receiving an associate degree in marketing.
The recessional will be led by summa cum laude candidates Laurie K. Danzl, of Catlin, who is receiving an associate degree in accounting office personnel, and Matthew T. Lemon, of Catlin, receiving an associate degree in radiologic technology.
Graduates of distinction will be recognized during the program. Students who have a 4-point cumulative grade-point average will graduate summa cum laude and wear a gold tassel, gold cord and a medallion.
Students with a 3.75 to 3.999 cumulative grade-point average will graduate magna cum laude and wear a gold tassel and a gold cord. And those with a 3.50 to 3.749 cumulative grade-point average will graduate cum laude and wear a gold tassel. The cumulative grade-point average is calculated at the end of the fall semester.