The 56th Commencement at Wabash Valley College will be Friday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Spencer Sports Center.

There will be 265 Associate degrees and certificates awarded for 2018.

A Prelude of music by Marcia Woodcock, pianist, will be provided prior to the Processional. Marcia Woodcock, pianist, and Bill Hudson, trumpeter, will provide the music for the Processional and Recessional. Performing the National Anthem will be Otis Jeffries. The Invocation will be delivered by Brenda K. Culver.

Presenting the degree and certificate candidates to Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Board of Trustees Member Al Henager, will be Dr. Matt Fowler, President of Wabash Valley College. Trustee Henager will confer the degrees and certificates to the graduates. Kyle Peach, Radio-TV Broadcasting instructor, will announce the graduates.

The Charge to the Class will be given by Dr. G. Andrew Fischer, IECC Community Colleges Board of Trustees Chairman, with the Response by Rachel Lee Byrns, Student Senate President.

Byrns is receiving an Associate in Science and Arts degree and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Social Services Specialist. She is the daughter of Lee and Wendy Byrns of Owensville, IN and is a graduate of Gibson Southern High School. In addition to serving as Student Senate President, her activities at WVC have included Phi Theta Kappa, Social Services Club, Cheerleader, WVC Community Garden, and Homecoming Queen 2016.

Included on the program will be recognition of Outstanding Transfer (Jill N. Winter) and Outstanding Career and Technical (Dr. John L. Day) faculty members by Robert Conn, Dean of Instruction, and presentation of the Outstanding Transfer Student Scholarship recipient Abygail R. Hicks (Pre-Med), and the Outstanding Career and Technical Student Scholarship recipient Joseph J. Molstad (Marketing Business Management). These scholarship recipients will serve as Honor Marshals who will lead the graduates in the Processional.

Karin Hodgson, President of the Wabash Valley College Foundation, and Brenda K. Culver, IECC Board of Trustees Vice-Chairman, will present the Foundation Scholarships.

A Reception, hosted by the Wabash Valley College Foundation, will be held in honor of the graduates in the Red Café in the David L. Hart Student Center immediately following the Commencement. All parents and friends are invited to attend the Commencement and Reception.