ROCK SPRINGS – Approximately 360 students will be recognized for degree and certificate completion at Western Wyoming Community College during this year’s Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13. In total, Western will confer approximately 450 degrees and certificates.
The campus has awarded more than 8,000 associate’s degrees and 2,000 certificates since its very first Commencement exercises in 1962.
This year’s Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. in Rushmore Gymnasium with Edward Elgar and Holcombe’s Processional “Pomp and Circumstance” Op. 39, No. 1, played by the WWCC Brass Ensemble. The welcome will be given by Master of Ceremonies and Western Vice President for Student Learning Kim Farley.
The two recipients of this year’s Outstanding Graduate Award are Melia Dayley, of Sugar City, Idaho, and Edison Elder, of Rock Springs. Both will deliver an address to their fellow graduates.
Dayley is a member of the Honors Program, a Mustang soccer player and team captain, president of the Latter-day Saints Single Adult (LDSSA) Club, and a member of the Sweet Memories Historical Research Group. The history major was also one of two Western students to receive the Outstanding Legislative Aide Award for her service to state lawmakers during the Wyoming Legislative Session earlier this year.
Elder, an engineering major, is a member of the Mustang Radio Club and an on-air personality whose morning show, “First Cup,” airs live from 7 – 8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on KWWM 91.3 FM. He is also president of the Rink Rat Club, which sponsored a Turkey Curling contest and other fundraisers at the Rock Springs Recreation Center during the year, and he is one of the founders of Western’s Engineers Without Borders associated student chapter, which is an affiliate of the University of Wyoming chapter of that global organization.
The Outstanding Graduate addresses will be followed by a performance, “Rivers and Roads,” from Performing Arts students Brandon Radosevich, Kris Karns, Katherine Riedl, and Gabriela Cipili.
Troy Archuleta, academic coordinator for the University of Wyoming Outreach School, will recognize the UW Sweetwater County Outreach graduates. Western President Karla Leach will present the Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 graduates. Western Board of Trustees President George Eckman will give the response.
VP Farley, assisted by the Board of Trustees and academic division chairs, will confer the degrees, certificates and honors. Trustees in addition to Eckman include: Vice President Lynne Chadey; Secretary Richard Baxter, III; Treasurer Dr. Tom Spicer; and members Dick Boettcher, Jr., Shannon Honaker and James Roth.
Forty-five of this year’s degree recipients completed their studies through a Western Outreach location outside of Rock Springs and Green River. Western Outreach Centers include: Baggs; Big Piney; Bridger Valley; Cokeville; Elk Mountain; Evanston; Farson; Kemmerer; Pinedale; Rawlins; Saratoga; and Star Valley.
Of the degrees and certificates being conferred May 13, 46 were completed during Summer 2015 and 97 were completed during Fall 2015, with the remainder being completed during the semester now concluding. Final exams began at Western on May 6.
Earlier on May 13, the Department of Nursing will host its annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony for nursing students who are completing their Associate of Science in Nursing degrees this year. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the WWCC Theatre and will be followed by a reception in the Atrium.