Tri-C Honors Graduates at Spring Commencement

Nearly 2,900 Students in Line to Receive Degrees and Certificates

Tri-C Logo_RGBCuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will celebrate the academic achievements of nearly 2,900 petitioning graduates during its Spring Commencement at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19.

The College has been asked to confer 2,892 associate degrees and certificates of completion at the graduation ceremony, making this one of the largest classes in Tri-C history. The total reflects the College’s commitment to student success.

“These newest graduates are poised to achieve in the workforce or continue their education on a solid footing, having saved thousands of dollars by starting at Tri-C,” said Alex Johnson, president of Cuyahoga Community College. “They truly have chosen the smart path forward.”

The College will also award an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Jerry Sue Thornton during the ceremony to recognize her commitment to Tri-C, its students and the community.

Thornton served as Tri-C’s president from 1992 to 2013, a period marked by unprecedented institutional growth and development. She continues to serve Greater Cleveland and its residents through her work on numerous boards.

The student speaker at commencement will be Nicole Kobak of Medina. The teen took advantage of the state’s College Credit Plus program and earned two degrees from Tri-C — an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science — before graduating from high school.

Kobak intends to transfer to Baldwin Wallace University in the fall to continue her studies. Her goal is to earn a master’s degree in medical science and become a physician’s assistant in the field of dermatology.

Tri-C’s Spring Commencement will be held at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center, located at 2000 Prospect Ave. in Cleveland.