Ivy Tech Community College to Celebrate Record Number of Graduates
Press release from Ivy Tech Community College
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Ivy Tech Community College will recognize this year’s graduating class at 14 different sites across Indiana. The Community College estimates that nearly 20,400 credentials will be awarded at commencement ceremonies throughout the state taking place from May 8 to May 16.
This year’s credentials awarded pushes Ivy Tech over the 20,000 mark for the first time in school history and represents an estimated increase of 22 percent over last year. Over the last four years Ivy Tech’s total number of credentials awarded has increased by 67 percent. In addition to earning credentials, Ivy Tech students have earned thousands of credits to transfer to four-year institutions throughout the state, saving those students more than $32.6 million dollars in tuition costs.
“Commencement ceremonies are a wonderful culmination of all the students’ hard work toward earning their credentials,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. “It is the chance we get to come together and celebrate what these students have achieved. As an institution, we are focused on increasing the number of annual credentials to 50,000 by 2025, as the state needs Ivy Tech to be successful in order for us to continue to build our middle class here in Indiana.”
Ivy Tech Southeast commencement for Spring 2014 graduates: May 11 at 1 p.m., Horner Center at Hanover College, Hanover. Featured speaker is State Rep. Randy Frye. Honorary degree recipient is James F. Helms.
Over its 51-year history, the college has served over one million Hoosiers. Nearly 97 percent of all Ivy Tech graduates stay in Indiana after graduation and directly and positively impact the state’s economy. The Community College’s most recent economic impact study shows that Ivy Tech’s cumulative economic impact is $8.2 billion in total annual benefits. Former Ivy Tech students had a cumulative impact of $1.6 billion in Indiana, due to higher earnings and the increased output of their employers.
The college will also present honorary degrees to 29 individuals this year. The recipients are people who have played significant roles in their communities and in their contributions to Ivy Tech. Each of this year’s honorary degree recipients will receive an Associate of Science in College and Community Service in recognition of their commitment to education and Ivy Tech Community College.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association