Lewis & Clark Community College's 41st Commencement Ceremony will be held tonight at the Hatheway Cultural Center's Ann Whitney Olin Theater. Nearly 200 of the nearly 1,100 graduates will participate in the ceremony that begins at 8:00. The doors at Hatheway will open at 7. The college is expecting an overflow crowd, so additional seating will be available in The Commons, where the ceremony will be broadcast live on two large screens.
Kent Scheffel, Vice President of Enrollment Services, says enrollment and graduation rates at the college continue to climb.
This year’s commencement address will be delivered by Jane Saale, Lewis and Clark Community College Foundation Vice President and President and CEO of Cope Plastics. Scheffel points to her as an example of what students can achieve. A lifelong resident of this region, Saale graduated from Alton High School in 1983 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Eastern Illinois University in 1987. She began her career at Cope Plastics in sales that same year and became the chief financial officer in 1996. She has served as president and CEO of the company since October 2004.