CLEVELAND – Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will hold its 47th annual spring Commencement on Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Ave., Cleveland. The ceremony will recognize 2,354 graduates, 878 of whom plan to walk during the ceremony.
The College will award 902 Associate of Arts, 433 Associate of Applied Business, 809 Associate of Applied Science, 204 Associate of Science and six Associate of Technical Study degrees.
Rod A. Risley, Ph.D, executive director of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, will deliver the Commencement address. Founded in 1918, PTK is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious honor society serving two-year and community colleges in the United States and nine nations. More than 100,000 students are inducted annually into the society’s nearly 1,300 chapters.
Honor student Rick Westfall of Fairview Park will deliver the student address. When Westfall moved to Greater Cleveland in 2004, he promised himself he would go back to school “when the time was right.” Three years ago, he chose Tri-C because “it was very visible in the community.”
A fine-dining waiter for years, Westfall decided to switch career gears and enter the healthcare field so he could help people. He originally was studying to become an X-ray technician, but as he progressed in his studies, he discovered an aptitude for science. He decided that a career as a physician assistant would help him achieve his goal of helping people.
Westfall will graduate with honors with an Associate of Arts degree and transfer to Cleveland State University (CSU) in the fall. Accepted into the CSU honors program, Westfall plans to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 2015. He will then transition into CSU’s Master of Science in Health Sciences program with a track in physician assistant science.
He’s glad he chose to come to Tri-C. “I loved my experience,” Westfall said, “I’ve been to every campus taking classes and found the all the faculty to be top notch. The College does some remarkable things for the community and I’m glad to be a part of it.”