JJC Annual Commencement Ceremony at Lewis University May 18

Joliet Junior College will hold its 96th spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the Lewis University Fieldhouse, One University parkway in Romeoville.
This is the third JJC graduation ceremony to be held at Lewis University. Due to overcrowding in the gym and increasing numbers of graduates, the college approved the venue change to Lewis University at its November 2010 Board of Trustees meeting.
Nearly 500 graduates are expected to participate in this year’s ceremony.
The featured student speaker this year will be Kayla Randolph-Clark, student trustee for the 2011-2012 school year. Students Timothy Kugelman and Robert Gualandi will both receive the Student Service Recognition Award.
Randolph-Clark, of Chicago, plans to transfer to Governor’s State University this fall and study public administration. Her long-term goal is to attend law school and study intellectual property.
Randolph-Clark was appointed to the position of student trustee in April 2010. In this role, she had the responsibility of representing JJC’s student population. In addition to attending regional, state and national meetings, she has been involved in a number of projects and committees including one she is particularly proud of, the college’s Presidential Search Committee.
In addition to maintaining a 3.9 GPA, she is an active member of JJC’s Student Conduct Board, a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and has written for both the college’s newspaper, “The Blazer,” and its literary magazine, “Wordeater.”
She currently serves on the Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Advisory Committee and the Illinois Community College Board Student Advisory Committee (ICCB-SAC). Randolph-Clark was also the Legislative Sub-Committee Chair and the Advocacy Sub-Committee Chair for ICCB-SAC. She held a leadership position in the planning for the April 2012 Student Advocacy Day trip to Springfield, and helped coordinate the event between community colleges and public and private universities.
Outside of JJC, she enjoys writing short stories, poetry and dancing.

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