BC3 holds 47th Annual Commencement May 20

May 20, 2015

(Butler, PA) Butler County Community College will hold its 47th Annual Commencement on Wednesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Field House on main campus. The ceremony will be streamed live online at A reception will follow in Founders Hall to celebrate the 2014-2015 graduates.

Dr. Thomas Ten Hoeve, Past President of BC3 from 1970-1984, will give the keynote address. Chris Calhoun (’81), BC3 Professor and Coordinator of the Parks and Recreation Program, will give the Distinguished Alumni address.

BC3 student and Metrology major, Lee Thompson, will give the student address. BC3 student and Nursing major, Stephanie Brackbill, will be speaking as the new student alumni representative. BC3 student and Phi Theta Kappa member, Andrea Dean, will present the tassel to the College mace and BC3 Student and Social Work major, Hunter Green, will present the tassel to the 50th Anniversary time capsule.

Grand Marshal Dr. Francie P. Spigelmyer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, will lead the procession followed by Faculty Marshals Judy Wadding, Humanities and Social Sciences Professor, and Laura Wiest, Business Instructor. Student Marshals are Lindsay Herr and Deb Kruger, both Humanities and Social Sciences Instructors.

Graduates, family, and friends are invited to attend a reception catered by Fairground Market with entertainment by Winsor Brass immediately following the ceremony in Founders Hall.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, there are 525 graduates: 163 will receive an Associate in Arts Degree, 247 will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree, 64 will receive an Associate in Science degree, and 72 will receive a Certificate of Achievement. Around 225 students will march during the ceremony.

At this year's commencement, there are 24 students receiving two degrees, three students receiving three degrees, and 16 veterans graduating. The programs with the most graduates are General Studies, Business Administration, Nursing, and Medical Coding. BC3's youngest graduate is 20 years old and the oldest graduate is 63 years old.

The 50th Anniversary Time Capsule will be buried near the Student Success Center immediately following the ceremony tonight. Faculty, students, and staff contributed 81 items from BC3 and popular culture to the time capsule, which is a foot locker donated by a veteran. BC3 hopes that this time capsule will be opened for the 100th Anniversary in 2065.