JJC to Host 101st Graduation Ceremony at Event Center May 12


Graduation 2016, Lewis University Fieldhouse

With more than 530 students eager to walk across the stage, Joliet Junior College will host its first graduation ceremony on campus since 2010 on Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m.

Previously held at the Lewis University Fieldhouse due to overcrowding, JJC’s commencement will take place in the new Event Center on Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. The ceremony marks the first major event held in the building, which will officially open this fall.

This year’s student speaker is Tiffany Votta, a construction management major who began taking classes at JJC in the late 1990s, came back again to earn a certificate, and now she will receive her associate degree. Votta hopes her speech will inspire students to persevere and never stop following their dreams.

“Don’t let somebody else be the pilot of your direction,” she said. “Be the pilot of your own direction.”

JJC’s new Event Center

Along with Votta, criminal justice professor Kim Karlberg will address students as JJC’s faculty speaker. Kathleen Duong, JJC’s former student trustee, will also be recognized at the ceremony with JJC’s Student Service Recognition Award.

In addition to the participating graduates, more than 1,800 total students will receive degrees and certificates from JJC this year.

Commencement tickets for friends and families of participating graduates will be available beginning Wednesday, May 3 in JJC’s Enrollment Center in the Registration and Records Office. To learn more about JJC’s commencement, please visit http://www.jjc.edu/graduation.

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