May 6, 2013
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FRCC-Larimer to confer degrees, certificates May 14 at Budweiser Center

Commencement: May 14

English as a Second Language (ESL) Recognition Ceremony: May 9

Center for Adult Learning in Fort Collins GED Graduation: May 10

High School Recognition Ceremony: May 13

Center for Adult Learning in Loveland GED Graduation: May 15

Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus will confer degrees and certificates during its 2013 Commencement at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at the Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland.

FRCC awards degrees and certificates in the semester they are earned, but conducts commencement exercises only once a year, in the spring. Graduates from the summer and fall 2012 semesters and spring 2013 semester may participate. More than 200 graduates are expected to walk across the stage.

Darren Pape_FRCC-Larimer Commencement Speaker

Darren Pape

Darren Pape, one of the principals for Wolf Robotics LLC, is the main speaker. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for FRCC’s Electro-Mechanical and Energy Technology Program.

Wolf Robotics is a robotic welding systems business focused on automating large structures. Pape joined Wolf Robotics, previously ABB Welding Systems Division, in 1998 as a project manager. He was one of the principals and helped formulate Wolf Robotics, which began as a spin-off venture with 23 employees and now employs more than 130 professionals. He is responsible for project management, application engineering, service and system assembly as well as quality and facilities.

Commencement is just one of several events to celebrate student success. Other events:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) student recognition ceremony, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Longs Peak Student Center, Harmony Road and Shields Street, Fort Collins.
  • Center for Adult Learning in Fort Collins GED graduation, 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Longs Peak Student Center on the Larimer Campus.
  • The 41th annual Recognition Ceremony for FRCC’s Career Pathways programs, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Thompson Valley High School Auditorium, 1669 Eagle Drive, Loveland. About 400 students from the Poudre and Thompson school districts are enrolled in career/technical programs at FRCC. The 5:30 ceremony recognizes the students who completed programs in Animal Technology and Research, Architecture and Landscape Design, Automotive Technology and Service, and the Culinary Arts-Chef Program. The ceremony at 7 recognizes students who completed programs in Law Enforcement Exploration, Medical Careers Exploration, Welding and Metal Fabrication, and Wildlife, Forestry and Natural Resources.
  • Center for Adult Learning in Loveland GED graduation and student achievement ceremony, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Bill Reed Middle School Auditorium, 370 W. 4th St., Loveland.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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