Lincoln Land Community College will conduct commencement exercises on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
Andrew Dewey of Springfield has been selected as this year’s commencement speaker. Mr. Dewey is graduating with an associate in arts in liberal arts with a 4.0 GPA. Mr. Dewey is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Veterans Club. He plans to transfer to University of Illinois at Springfield to study psychology.
Clark Johnson of Farmersville and Mary Flesch of Springfield are serving as marshals at commencement. Mr. Johnson is graduating with an associate in arts in political science with a 4.0 GPA. He serves as treasurer of the LLCC Honors Program and the Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, is lieutenant captain of the Quiz Bowl Team and serves as a representative of Student Government Association. He plans to transfer to Blackburn College or Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville to study political science, followed by law school.
Ms. Flesch is graduating with an associate in arts degree in liberal arts with a 3.88 GPA. She serves as president of the Alpha Epsilon Kappa chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, vice president of the LLCC Honors Program Student Organization, and is the former public relations officer of the English Studies Club. She is transferring this fall to the Illinois State University actuarial sciences program.
Karla Carwile of Chicago (Sacred Heart Academy graduate) will be recognized with the 2014 LLCC Honored Alumni Award. Ms. Carwile earned her associate in science degree from LLCC in 1993. She went on to earn a psychology degree from University of Illinois at Springfield and is currently a doctoral candidate at Northcentral University. She has advanced degrees in both human development counseling and INO-disability studies and has completed post-graduate work in educational leadership. Ms. Carwile is currently a licensed clinic professional counselor where she delivers mental health services to underserved patients. In addition, she is president and co-founder of OnePatient Global Health Initiative, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide resources for accessible health care in underserved populations, without discrimination and regardless of the individual’s ability to pay.
Following the commencement ceremony, the LLCC Alumni Association is hosting a reception for graduates, their families and guests.