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Completion ceremony season celebrates Sylvania students

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More than 80 students from the Sylvania Campus were honored on Saturday, June 4, at the GED Graduation. Led by the classes 16-year-old valedictorian Brice Medinger, 28 percent of the class earned honors and two scored perfect scores on a section of the GED test. PCC’s Sylvania Campus completion ceremony season was in full swing during May and June. The campus celebrated students as young as 1 to students who returned to college for a second career who were in their 70s.

The end of the year is a time to celebrate the culmination of efforts that the PCC students, faculty and staff work towards all year long.

Congrats to all of the students who earned degrees and certificates and those who are transferring!

  • The Sylvania Women’s Resource Center, Queer Resource Center and Transitions Program honored its student advocates and faculty and staff who supported the programs at a completion ceremony on June 2. This year, the Women’s Resource Center recognized seven student advocates and the Queer Resource Center honored four student advocates. The 2015-16 school year was the first year that the Queer Resource Center was operating at full force and they planned its first full week of PRIDE Week events.
  • The Veterans Resource Center celebrated 13 veterans who were transferring or graduating on May 27. The Sylvania Veterans Resource Center also announced a new partnership with PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education) and the six student leaders who will lead the new program. PAVE is a national program promoting intentional peer advising for student veterans on 43 campuses across the country.
  • The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducted 22 new students to its organization on Thursday, May 26. Phi Theta Kappa serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than three million members.
  • The youngest honorees at PCC received their recognition on May 27 at the Infant Graduation. Eight infants who were 1 years old participated in their first graduation ceremony. Parents and loved ones sang and played with the babies as each student was recognized.
  • The Multicultural Center Student Leadership Cohort and the Men of Color Leadership Cohort (MOCLP) was recognized for its leadership during the 2015-16 school year on June 8. Six students were honored for their work as a Multicultural Center Student Leader Cohort, who helped host 35 events on campus. The 11-member MOCLP presented their findings on how male students of color at the Sylvania campus perceive the Men of Color Leadership Program, along with the accomplishments of the 2015-2016 MOCLP cohort the previous day.
  • Sixty-two nursing students were pinned on Saturday, June 11, at the annual Nursing Program’s Pinning Ceremony. Nurse pinning has been a welcoming ceremony for new nurses since the 12th century when nurses were given badges for nursing injured soldiers. It later evolved into giving pins to new nurses.
  • The Illumination Project Student Educator Completion Ceremony on June 1, recognized 14 students who participated in the 15-year-old program. This year, the group focused on racism, homophobia and transphobia. The Illumination Project uses interactive social justice theater as a venue for Student Educators and audience members to join together to rehearse ways of solving problems.
  • Twenty-eight Gerontology students were honored at the program’s annual spring graduation ceremony at the Sylvania Campus. In a very festive get together, the program celebrated the graduates who earned 20 AAS degrees and 70 certificates.
  • More than 80 students from the Sylvania Campus were honored on Saturday, June 4, at the GED Graduation. Led by the classes 16-year-old valedictorian Brice Medinger, 28 percent of the class earned honors and two scored perfect scores on a section of the GED test.
  • The Asian Studies Focus Celebration honored 12 students who qualified for the Asian Studies Focus Awards and two students who earned Global Studies Focus Awards, on May 10 in the Sylvania PAC Lobby. Along with the awards, guests were entertained by a group of students who performed a dance and music show.
  • The Dental Assisting program had 38 graduates who walked in its completion ceremony on June 6. At the time of graduation, more than 60 percent of the students had already secured jobs after the nine-month program.
  • The Fitness Technology program honored 42 graduates who earned 49 certificates and degrees on June 2. The Fitness Technology program also celebrated its 20th anniversary and awarded its first certificate in Group Fitness Leadership, which will be offered in the fall.

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