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Bluegrass Community and Technical College to graduate nearly 1900 in spring commencement

Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) will confer 3,695 credentials upon 1,898 candidates for graduation at the college’s commencement ceremony May 6 at 4 p.m. at the Alumni Coliseum on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, 641 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY.

“We celebrate our graduates who have imagined more for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Augusta Julian, BCTC president. “I applaud their hard work, and the commitment of our staff and faculty to help students attain their goals. The Class of 2018, like thousands of BCTC alumni before them, will enter jobs with top-quality skills which will help the businesses and communities across our region thrive and grow.”

Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson, one of those graduates, decided at 5-years-old that she would be a surgeon. When her father, Mark, was diagnosed with cancer, she wanted to speed up her timeline so he could see her in college working toward a degree that would lead to medical school.

Through Opportunity Middle College (OMC), a partnership with Fayette County Public Schools at the BCTC Cooper Campus, she was able to take high school and college courses at the same time. “I wanted my dad to see me achieving my dream before he passed,” Wilson said.

Mark Wilson saw his daughter well on her way to completing a college degree when he died Nov. 2017.

At the end of May, Wilson will walk with her senior class at Dunbar High School. At the end of June, she will be a graduate of BCTC and headed to UK, as an 18-year-old junior. Her plans are to complete a bachelor’s in biology and apply to medical school.

Another candidate for graduation, Tim Leshney, took a different route to his goals. Leshney joined the military after high school and served for six years, with two tours in Iraq. Leshney served in the Multi-National Forces in Iraq doing counter-intelligence for a multi-branch task force. 

“Returning to college wasn’t easy, but the hands-on instruction in class and discipline I learned in the military ensured my success,” Leshney said.

Leshney was selected to participate in the KYFAME program at the BCTC campus in Georgetown where he has enjoyed much success. After graduation, he will begin his career at Toyota and complete a bachelor’s degree in business.

Caleb Kinmon

On Sunday, Caleb Kinmon will receive an Associate of Science degree in computer science. As a returning college student, Kinmon spent five years in the workforce before attending BCTC. He found BCTC offered, at an affordable rate, all the courses he needed to become a competitive transfer prospect for an Ivy League university.

Kinmon has been accepted to the esteemed Columbia University in New York City where he will focus on the field of artificial intelligence and hopes to earn an analyst internship in the engineering or investment banking divisions of Goldman Sachs next summer.

“Caleb’s acceptance to Columbia University attests to the high quality of BCTC curriculum,” said Robert Chirwa, BCTC computer science professor. “His hard work and dedication created the success he’s experiencing now and will experience in the future.”
BCTC will celebrate the success of these students and many more at commencement Sunday.

Renee Shaw, managing producer and host of Kentucky Educational Television (KET) Public Affairs, will be the commencement speaker at the ceremony that will award Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Applied Science Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees, diplomas and certificates.

BCTC is now enrolling for summer classes. For more information, call 855-246-2477.

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