ECC’s Commencement is Friday, May 5

The public is invited to Ellsworth Community College’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 5, at 2 p.m. in the Martin Ellsworth Dittmer Gymnasium on the Ellsworth Community College campus, 1100 College Ave. The ECC Class of 2017 includes 214 applicants for graduation, some of whom completed their coursework in December 2016, most of whom are completing coursework this spring, and a few others who may complete their coursework this summer.

The commencement program begins with the presentation of colors by American Legion Hyman Peavey Post 188 Color Guard followed by the National Anthem sung by ECC Student Engagement and Athletic Coordinator, Maurie Tomke. Following a welcome by ECC Provost, Dr. Martin Reimer. The Commencement Address will be given by graduate Kelbey Barbadillo of Iowa Falls.

Representing the Ellsworth College Board of Trustees, Darwin Miller will present an Honorary Doctorate degree to Gary L. Hoffman. Awards will then be presented to Panther Service Award recipients Kelbey Barbadillo of Iowa Falls and Darshan Miller of Hampton, All-Iowa Academic Team Award recipients Autumn Bright of Crown Point, IN and Theron Ellis, Jr. of Dayton, OH, as well as other scholastic award honorees. Degrees and diplomas will then be conferred.

A reception honoring all graduates and honorees, relatives and friends will be held in the Dale Howard Family Activity Center immediately following the ceremony. The Dale Howard Family Activity Center will be closed for membership activities from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and the Gentle Student Center will be closed from noon to 3:30 on May 5.