Ivy Tech slates graduation

A total of 625 students will receive 884 degrees during the Ivy Tech Community College — Columbus commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. May 9 at Franklin Community Middle School, 625 Grizzly Cub Drive, Franklin.

The number of degrees to be awarded is as follows: associate of arts, three; associate of applied science, 245; associate of general studies, 44; associate of science, 94; certificates, 115; and technical certificates, 383.

The programs with the highest number of graduates are general education transfer core, business administration, medical assisting, nursing, general studies, criminal justice, health care support, accounting and industrial technology.

Chris Lowery, chancellor, will officiate, and Richard Beckort, president of the regional board of trustees, will give the formal recognition of graduates. An honorary associate of science degree will be given to Brian Payne, director of Columbus Municipal Airport, for his service to the Columbus campus. Delaram Moghaddam, recipient of The Distinguished Alumna Award, also will be recognized.

Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder will address the graduates and confer the degrees and certificates.

Abigail Thompson, a 2015 graduate, will give the Charge to the Class. Thompson, who is a home-schooled student, a graduate of the Associate Accelerated Program and was named outstanding graduate in her field, will receive an associate of science in liberal arts, cum laude.