May 9, 2014
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FRCC to confer degrees, certificates for Larimer Campus Graduates May 13 at Budweiser Center

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

Center for Adult Learning in Loveland GED Graduation: May 10, Loveland

High School Recognition Ceremony: May 12, Fort Collins High School

Center for Adult Learning in Fort Collins GED Graduation: May 12, Larimer Campus

Front Range Community College-Larimer Campus will confer degrees and certificates during its 2014 Commencement at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Budweiser Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland.

FRCC awards degrees and certificates in the semester they are earned but conducts Commencement once a year, in the spring. Graduates from the summer and fall 2013 semesters and spring 2014 semester may participate. More than 200 graduates are expected to walk across the stage.

FRCC Commencement_Eric Reno

Dr. Eric Reno

Dr. Eric Reno, founding president of Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio, Texas, and a former vice president of FRCC’s Larimer Campus, is the keynote speaker.

In 2005, Reno was given 250 acres of Texas farmland and $135 million to build the newest comprehensive community college in the nation. He led the effort to build community involvement, design and build facilities, develop programs and services, and hire faculty and staff.

His passion for the role community colleges play in the fabric of a democratic society comes from having been a non-traditional student, being the first in his family to graduate from college, and realizing the potential he never knew existed – all due to having access to his local community college. His frustration comes from knowing there are untold numbers of citizens who have “unrealized potential,” with no one to recognize and foster their possibilities.

FRCC-Tizita Tadesse

Tizita Tadesse

Tizita Tadesse, the Outstanding Graduate, will give the student address. Tadesse, born in Ethiopia, spent time in a refugee camp in Kenya before her family settled in Sioux Falls, S.D. She came to Fort Collins after a year of college elsewhere. She plans to transfer to Colorado State University.

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. Friday, May 9, in the Longs Peak Student Center, Harmony Road and Shields Street, Fort Collins.
  • Center for Adult Learning in Loveland GED graduation and student achievement ceremony, 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Grace Community Church Auditorium, 240 Barberry Place, Loveland.
  • The 42nd annual Recognition Ceremony for FRCC’s College Now Career Pathways programs, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Fort Collins High School Auditorium, 3400 Lambkin Way. 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, Culinary Arts, Medical Careers Exploration, and Wildlife, Forestry, and Natural Resources The ceremony at 7:30 recognizes students who completed programs in Architecture and Landscape Design, Automotive Technology, Welding, and Law Enforcement Exploration.
  • Center for Adult Learning in Fort Collins GED graduation, 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Longs Peak Student Center on the Larimer Campus.

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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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