More than 1,700 Degrees and Certificates to be Awarded Tonight at Ivy Tech Southwest Commencement May 12


More than 1,700 Degrees and Certificates to be Awarded at Tonights Ivy Tech Southwest Commencement 

Commencement Speaker is U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly

EVANSVILLE, IN- Ivy Tech Community College Southwest will award its graduates credentials at its 2017 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 12, at 7 p.m. at the Ford Center. A total of more than 1,700 certificates, technical certificates, associate of science and associate of applied science degrees will be awarded to more than 1,000 students. Approximately 365 individuals will take part in the ceremony on Friday.

Where:                                                The Ford Center, Evansville, IN

When:                                                  Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7 p.m. (CST)

Commencement Speaker:           U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly

Honorary Degree:                           Glen Muehlbauer, Vice President of Human Resources, Koch Enterprises

Special Guests:                                 Dr. Russell Baker, Vice President of Academic Affairs and University Transfer Division, Ivy Tech Community College

The public is encouraged to attend the free event and no tickets are required.

Ivy Tech Community College estimates that nearly 19,375 credentials will be awarded at commencement ceremonies throughout the state taking place from May 6 to May 20. In addition to earning credentials, Ivy Tech students have earned thousands of credits to transfer to four-year institutions throughout the state, saving those students more than $38 million dollars in tuition costs.

FOOTNOTE:-Student with wheelchair lift built by other students will receive diploma in standing position

  • -Local industry leader to receive honorary degree for assisting Ivy Tech with business partnerships to develop Skill Up Program
  • -Two student speakers – one a student graduating at age 18 from Associate Accelerated Program (ASAP); and one a student who already has bachelor’s degree and was in med school, then came to Ivy Tech — give their unique perspectives


  1. 1700 students . Too late for these students to go to the new IU medical school. How many more will miss the chance to attend because Ivy Tech decided the new school wasn’t important to them. Ivy Tech made the state senators and governor mad and they paid with no funding for the school now they are doing it again inviting a leading Democrat to speak at graduation- a leading US Senator, one of 10 targeted by Republicans to take down. If you don’t think this has made state Republicans mad, you haven’t been paying attention.


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