DACC to Confer Degrees at 2021 Commencement Exercises
Ceremony Will Be Live and Live-Streamed
Danville Area Community College is pleased to confer degrees and certificates on more than 340 graduates during Commencement exercises on Friday, May 21, 2019 at 7PM in Mary Miller Gymnasium. While the COVID -19 pandemic has made a significant impact on the last 14 months of these graduates’ lives, the College is pleased to be able to offer an in-person ceremony with limited guest seating. The 165+ graduates participating in the live ceremony are limited to two guests each, and the College is limiting representation to members of the Board of Trustees, Academic Deans, and personnel essential to a successful ceremony. The event will be live streamed on YouTube for friends and family who aren’t able to attend in person.
Students who have a cumulative grade-point average of 4.000 will graduate with the designation summa cum laude and will wear a gold tassel, gold cord, and a medallion. There are six such graduates in the class of 2021 who will represent their class during the ceremony. Delivering the Class Response will be Sidney Spires, Georgetown, summa cum laude candidate receiving an AA in Elementary Education. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Nick Pinter, Westville, summa cum laude candidate receiving an AS in Engineering. The Tassel Ceremony will be led by Alexis Darby, Bismarck, summa cum laude candidate receiving an AA in Nursing. Class Marshalls will be summa cum laude candidates Matthew Cress, Bismarck, receiving an AAS in Advanced Manufacturing, Alec Schaumburg, Wesfville, receiving an AES in Engineering, and Tinlee Shepherd, a “dual” graduate from Westville receiving an AGS in General Studies.
In addition to Tinlee Shepherd, this year’s class includes six additional “dual” graduates who have earned their College degree or certificate while being full-time high school students. They will have high school graduation ceremonies as well as DACC Commencement to attend. Dual graduates walking in the Commencement ceremony are Adrienne Arlington, Georgetown Ridge Farm High School, a cum laude graduate receiving an AA in Graphic Design; Makynzie Miller, Salt Fork High School, receving an AA in Elementary Education; Fiona Pelszynski, Westville High School, a magna cum laude graduate receiving an AA in Fine Arts; and Hayven Torres, Salt Fork High School, a cum laude graduate receiving an AA in Criminology. Not walking are Anna Kedas, Salt Fork High School, a cum laude graduate receiving an AA in Biology; and Kamden Knight, Georgetown Ridge Farm High School, receiving an Advanced Welding Certificate.
Tinlee Shepherd is only the third “dual” graduate to attain summa cum laude status. The first was her older sister, Baylee Shepherd in 2016.
Magna cum laude graduates have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.750-3.999 and will wear a gold tassel and a gold cord; cum laude grades have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50-3.749 and will wear a gold tassel. Students’ ability to be recognized at the graduation ceremony is based on the cumulative grade-point average calculated at the end of the fall semester prior to the spring ceremony.