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LCCC Holds Commencement Ceremonies May 18, 2017 at PPL Center

published Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Lehigh Carbon Community College will hold its 50th annual Commencement at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 18, at the PPL Center in downtown Allentown. Commencement will recognize the more than 800 students who have earned associate degrees or certificates from August 2016, December 2016 and May 2017. LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber will preside over the ceremonies.
 
Chair of the LCCC Board of Trustees Roberta Marcus will offer the welcome. Class of 2017 graduates Alicia Durst, who is receiving her associate of arts degree in communication, and Nikoleta Kalahanis, who is receiving her associate of applied science degree in paralegal studies, will be the featured student speakers.
 
Durst, of Fogelsville, is a graduate of Parkland High School.  While at LCCC, she has worked as a journalist and editor for the student newspaper, The Paw Print. In addition to her journalistic ambitions, Durst aspires to write a novel. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students, and plans to attend Kutztown University, majoring in communications.
 
Kalahanis, from Center Valley, is originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, and moved to Stroudsburg, Pa., in 2004. Since arriving in the U.S., Kalahanis has worked as a secretary, a bilingual English-Greek legal secretary for a Bethlehem law firm handling Greek international legal assistance, and currently she is the dean’s assistant and office manager for the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University. Kalahanis lives in Center Valley with her husband and their two sons, one of whom will be starting at LCCC this fall.
 
Dr. Betsy Swope assistant professor of psychology, will serve as grand marshal, assisted by faculty members Dr. Christine Bowditch, Wendy M. Barron, Karen A. Fogle, Maureen M. Maikner and Dr. Eike Reichardt.
 
Beth E. Marquardt, assistant professor of reading/developmental English, will sing the national anthem, and graduating student Erin Kelly will sing the LCCC alma mater.
 
One of the highlights of the ceremony will be the announcement of the Student of the Year, which will be presented to an outstanding graduate of the year and is selected by the LCCC Faculty Association. In addition, the All-Pennsylvania Academic Team members Theresa Buckley of Allentown and Madison Marshall of Schnecksville will be recognized.
 
Dr. Thomas W. Meyer, vice president of academic services and student development, will present the candidates for graduation.