WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – On Sunday afternoon a record number of Ivy Tech graduates were awarded their diplomas during a commencement ceremony at Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music.
As graduates lined up to enter the building, Angela Golia said she was relieved to finally graduate.
“I’ve been going part time for several years now. I’m a mom of four. I’m married and have a full-time job. I’m pretty busy so it’s taken me a little bit longer, but I feel very relieved and very proud of myself,” said Golia.
Golia was one of 450 graduates participating in the commencement, but that’s only about one-third of the total students who will receive a degree, a record number for the Lafayette campus.
“That’s the most we’ve had participate in a long time, and also the highest percentage we’ve had in a long time,” said Ivy Tech Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Tom McCool. “We hope that we’ll continue to grow and know that people will see the value of an associate degree.”
In attendance at the afternoon ceremony were Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes and local teacher Mike Smith. All were given honorary degrees for their service to the community. Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz gave the keynote speech and encouraged the graduates to always be furthering their education.
“As you embark upon you’re career path, continued education will be needed to improve your skills. It will be needed to take you in new directions,” said Ritz.
Golia said she plans to further her education by earning her bachelor’s degree, and said her experience has taught her the value of a college education.
“I just recommend college in general. You need to get an education,” said Golia.