May 16, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – It was another packed house at the Donald L. Brewer Gymnasium and Convocation Center Thursday evening on the John A. Logan College campus as part of the 45th annual commencement ceremony.
 
More than 750 graduates received their associate’s degree from the college this school year. About a third of those students participated in the awarding of diplomas.
Dr. Tim Daugherty, Vice President for Administration, welcomed the gathering. Rev. Mark Buetow with the Bethel Lutheran Church in Du Quoin provided the invocation and then later the benediction.
 
JALC President, Dr. Mike Dreith, then spoke and served as master of ceremonies of the event. He introduced student speaker Carolyn Baker; Distinguished Faculty Award winner Tom Chandler (Assistant Professor of Sociology); Distinguished Term Faculty Award winner Monte Franklin (Instructor of Math); Distinguished Alumnus Award winner Ryan J. Presley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Paducah; and Staci Schafer, Executive Director of the JALC Foundation.
 
Dr. Deborah Payne, Vice President for Instruction, provided certification for the graduates to Dreith and proceeded to introduce each student as the diplomas were presented by board chair Jake Rendleman and fellow trustees Michael Hopkins and William Kilquist. Student trustee Kayla Malone was also in attendance.
 
Serving as marshals were Abdulrahman Alweh, Christian Robinson and Jacob Wiegand. Ushers were Ty Nance, Connor Porvaznik and Ryan Sanchez. Interpreters were Patty Erwin, Laura Gimmy and Kim Heibner.
 
The JALC choir, under the direction of Nathan Arnett, performed along with the college’s community band under the director of Michael Hanes.