Commencement

Commencement Details

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, in KCC's George H. Ryan Gymnasium. In-person ceremonies are planned by academic division. Attendance is limited to those with a ticket. The ceremonies will be live streamed from this page for family and friends to view this milestone moment.

  • 9 a.m. – Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Noon – Health Careers
  • 3 p.m. – Business Technology and Human Services

Commencement Live Stream

  • Nurses Pinning Ceremony - Friday, May 14 at 4 p.m.
  • Commencement Ceremony - Saturday, May 15
  • 9 a.m. - Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Noon – Health Careers
  • 3 p.m. – Business Technology and Human Services

Commencement Speaker

Robert “Bob” de Oliveira

Since graduating from KCC in 1993, Robert de Oliveira has made a major impact on the Hispanic community in and out of the classroom. He was raised in Brazil and moved to the United States to receive a higher education. As a former migrant, de Oliveira understands how challenging it can be to live in a country without knowing the language. He says he couldn't have succeeded without the help of his friends. He now speaks three languages: Portuguese, Spanish and English. One of de Oliveira's missions is to help new migrants adjust to living in the United States.

Robert de Oliveria
Program Speakers
Dr. Michael Boyd
Dr. Michael Boyd
KCC President
Brad Hove
Chairperson for the KCC Board of Trustees
Brad Hove
Steve DePasquale
Steve DePasquale
KCC Faculty Association President
Dr. Kiana Battle
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Kiana Battle
Ariana Ramirez
Ariana Ramirez
Student Representative to the Board of Trustees
Degree Candidates
Associate in Arts
  • Lorenzo CJ Acevedo
  • Madison Rose Allen
  • McKenna Grace Allen
  • Dioselin Andrade
  • Karah Beth Anker
  • Jillian Amy Baker
  • Alexis Renee Ballard
  • Elizabeth Barajas
  • Mallory E. Bass
  • Tabitha Nicole Behnke
  • Amanda Marie Blanchette
  • Sara Rebecca Rose Bowman 
  • Alijah Jawaun Boyd
  • Jada Monet Butler
  • Oscar Alfonso Camargo Barbosa
  • Matthew Steven Canady
  • Anna Mary Carlson
  • Quinlan C. Carrell
  • Leoneel Cervantes
  • Taelar Rae Chiattello
  • Heather Lynn Coffey
  • Chandler Josheph Cox
  • Sierra Alexis Cureton
  • Haley Rose Daniel
  • DeAngela Symone Davis
  • Ana Rosa DeHaro Suarez
  • Benjamin Eric Demack
  • Anthony Denault
  • David Wesley Denson
  • Danielle Irene Denton
  • Noah Pombert Dietchweiler
  • Emily Rose Dluzak
  • Aiden Charles Ellexson
  • Kole Laith El-Talabani
  • Jocelyn Joanna Flores
  • Kyzhe’ M. Foy
  • JaQueena Freeman
  • Zitlali Garcia
  • Caitlin Marie Gerdes
  • Samantha Jayne Giffen
  • Jared Gigl
  • A’kieon B. Gill
  • Paige E. Glass
  • Tyler Roger Goselin
  • Alysha Chevonnne Gould
  • Dylan Scott Graham
  • ShyAnne Lorrai Griffiths
  • Natalie Jade Heagle
  • Brian M. Hernandez
  • Lessly Hernandez
  • Adam Christopher Hertz
  • Emily Ann Hourihan
  • De’Andria Eugenia Lori’Anna Hunter
  • Joseph Michael Jaskula
  • Faith Belle Keller
  • Charles Michael Kiger
  • James Robert LaCoste
  • HaMim Lillard
  • Kristin Marie Lowman
  • Cierra Tatianna Macon
  • Lanie Donyelle Malone
  • Koria Ann Manning
  • Joe Martin, III
  • Dave John McManus
  • Grace Elizabeth Mendell
  • Agnes Laura Menz
  • Marissa Michaels
  • Brenda Millan
  • Ariana Marie Miller
  • Neyda Yadira Molina
  • Emma Carlon Morts
  • Bode Warren Nelson
  • Damari Lemier Nixon
  • Jesenia Clavel Ochoa
  • Ella Shay Orvis
  • James Joseph Paglin
  • Jack Caesar Palicki
  • Daniel Fredrick Penny
  • Alexis Rae Perzee
  • Jessica Marie Phelps
  • Debra Sue Masters Powell
  • Jenna Marie Raines
  • Hannah June Rath
  • Trevor Jacob Reaman
  • Dalton Michael Reed
  • Joseph W. Reichert
  • Rosa A. Rios
  • Lo’Ryelle Chanal Robinson
  • Brandon Patrick Rock
  • Jason Elliott Rodriguez Jr.
  • Luisa Carina Rodriguez
  • Anyia Veneica Rogers
  • Elaina Rose Sais
  • Kassandra Salinas
  • Thomas William Sandeno
  • Ian Alexander Sanders
  • Hallie Jo Sippel 
  • Rayona Beyonce Smith
  • Jaime Richelle Starkey
  • Layla Alexia Studzinski
  • Keionica Quantisha Tanzie
  • McKenzey JoLee Testerman 
  • Kelden Levi Tyson
  • Madeline Kate Vana
  • Preston Allan VanSwol
  • Joshua Allen Varner
  • Jacob Charles Vera-Krypciak
  • Jolene Rae Wilkins
  • Katherin Jeanette Williams
  • Sierra Lenn Williamson Martin
  • Amy Elizabeth Winkle 
Associate in Engineering Science
  • Cuong Minh Luong
  • Ethan Ryan Morrical
  • Dominick Joseph Panozzo
Associate in Fine Arts
  • Dominick Joseph Panozzo
  • Vanessa Salazar
Associate in Science
  • Hannah DeeRenee Bailey
  • Alondra Barajas
  • Bryan Carmona
  • Pricila Carmona
  • Lauren Elizabeth Cox
  • Olivia F. Dexter
  • Cruz Elena Duran Montoya
  • Luis Jr. Galan
  • Ethan Drew Geisler
  • McKenna Leigh Goldtrap
  • Richard Austin Granger
  • Cory Hoggins
  • Jenna Renee Jackson
  • Matthew Kevin Januski
  • Karmyn Marie Jensen
  • Sara Elizabeth Justiz
  • Kylie Christine Keber
  • Kenna Marie Kleinert
  • Jakob Andrew Knox
  • Cheyenne Lee Kozuch
  • Samantha Nicole Krauchunas
  • Leanna Lee
  • Trevor Michael Meier
  • Brenden Matthew Minor
  • Peyton Madisen Mullin
  • Dylan Andrew Payne
  • Zachary Matthew Peeken
  • Nicole Marie Pierson
  • Alexys Nicole Ramirez
  • Alec Edward Robinson
  • Jacob Arthur Rodriguez
  • Kevin Stephen Roedl
  • Maci Kae Romero
  • Elizabeth Ellen Sanstrom
  • Olzea Kaylynn Smolinski
  • Christian Werner Stadeli
  • Julian Robin Stadeli
  • Caden Kenneth Peter Talbot 
  • Riley Michelle Thompson
  • Dayanaira Latrice Thurman
  • Hailey Marie Ullman
  • Yenikza Villagomez
  • Jacob Dale Wilken
  • Peyton Alan Williams
Associate in General Studies
  • Rhonda Lyshon Addison
  • Alexis Gabrielle Britton
  • Alfha Calderon
  • Amber Marie Chase
  • Annie Jean Clatterbuck
  • Crystal Anne Coffey
  • Becky Ann Courtney
  • Hannah M. Galen
  • Jesus Enrique Garcia
  • Amanda Grace Gaytan
  • ShyAnne Lorrai Griffiths
  • David A. Guzman Gramajo
  • Nathan Zachery Jacobs
  • Cheyenne Lucinda Jones
  • Caitlyn Nicole Lease
  • Kimberly M. Licht
  • Tondra L. Mann-Niswander
  • Mikayla Sky Martinez
  • Catherine Gwen Mau
  • Basil Zayed Mohammad
  • Shaylee Noel Montgomery
  • Robin Marie Palinski
  • Mitzi Perez
  • Mitzi Guadalupe Rosales
  • Natalie St. Myers
  • Veronica Eugenica Tanzie
  • Jaqulyn D. Thomas
  • Alex Tsirikos
  • Julian Uriostegui
  • Yorelly Villagomez
  • Stephanie Wilson
Associate in Applied Science
  • Agri-Hort Technology
  • Tylar Richard Swanson
  • Analee Villagomez
  • Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  • Herman Servando Martinez
  • Business
  • LoRetta Monique Cousins
  • Kimberly Dawn Gaddis
  • Rochella Glover
  • Taylor Marie Grimes
  • Elizabeth Christie James
  • Samantha Renee Nelson
  • Cecilia Ortiz-Carmean
  • Jillian S. Rojas
  • Alan Patrick Rzyski
  • Computer Graphic Technology
  • Brianne Elizabeth Settle
  • Jacob Alan Bramer
  • Early Childhood Education - Director
  • Dajah Joanne Bibbs
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Holly Marie Brown
  • Jennifer Gail Soyer
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Brayden Timothy Bailey
  • Isaac Brazel Brown
  • Cade A. Harrison
  • Zakary Michael Jackson
  • Zachary Thomas Jensen
  • Daniel Clay McDonald
  • Wayne Joseph Simpson
  • Michael Donn Thompson
  • Jacob George Yuhasz
  • Paraprofessional Educator
  • Logan L. Nesselrodt
  • Law Enforcement
  • Anicah Grace Bruner 
  • Daniel David Dralle
  • Yuliana Gaytan
  • Deicy Maria Gonzalez
  • Tyler Jordan Holmes
  • James Luis Johanek
  • Augustina Christina Rios
  • Joseph Patrick Ross
  • David Matthew Schultz
  • Kobe Michael Suprenant
  • Aiden Joseph White
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Peter F. Dato, II
  • Christopher Garrett Gottschall
  • Ronald J. Mantooth
  • Zachary Rian Miller
  • Nicholas James Mullins
  • Jammie N. Shell
  • Aiden Joseph White
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Jose Guadalupe Diaz
  • Denise Reone Gidlund
  • Delaney Ashlyn Laseman
  • Kelly Mancuso
  • Shareáe Unique McKinney
  • Michael J. Morgan
  • Chloee Ardell Schuldt
  • Rachel Kolleen Shride
  • Kaleigh Smith
  • Nursing-Registered
  • Sophie Renee Acquaviva
  • Evelyn Alexis Alvarez
  • Callie Beaupré
  • Jesse Bergmann
  • Stephanie Lynn Bishop
  • Stacy Elise Blake
  • Holly Elyse Brown
  • Krista Dawn Buza
  • Kala Michele Davis
  • Shanette M. Davis
  • Amy Louise Denault
  • Erica Elizabeth Dundas
  • Morgan Elizabeth Freitag
  • Joshua Ryan M. Fritz
  • Taylor Lee Frye
  • Alexandra Lucy Garcia
  • Leslie Maria Gaytan
  • Alanna Jessie Glogowski
  • Alysha Chevonnne Gould
  • Skylar Joan-Carolyn Hamblen
  • Zoey M. Harer
  • Latrisse Josephine Hayward
  • Kendreéa Marie Hodges
  • Joseph David Hudik
  • Jazzmyn Jean Johnson
  • Hannah Lynn Jonas
  • Jackelyn Marie Jones
  • Cody James Kelch
  • Carley Noelle Kuntzman
  • Mark Andrew Kurzejka
  • Brittany Marie LaFond
  • Ethan S. LeBeau
  • Amanda Marie Lopez
  • Macenzi Rae Maisonneuve
  • Haylie Ella-Louise Marrs
  • Lenore Latrice Mason
  • Grace Kathleen Masterson
  • Tierra Aminah Maxwell
  • Katlyn Marie Mayo
  • Courtney Lynn McMaster
  • Jordyn Michelle Mecklenburg
  • Judy Audelia Medina
  • Ivon Virginia Mercado
  • Magen Marie Meyer
  • Jennifer Marie Minor
  • Kristine Marie Neuby
  • Jessica O’May
  • Makenzie Jo Overacker
  • Marthe Ines Pene Djine Siewebe
  • Elizabeth Kay Rocha
  • Sarah Nicole Sarkozi
  • Ashley Nicole Silvey
  • Erin Justine Smith
  • Paul Anthony Staneart
  • Julie Szobar
  • Sarah Jean Tierney
  • Meara Margaret Tilstra
  • Jessica Catherine Torres
  • Christina Ann Tsiamas
  • Joshua Nathaniel Washington
  • Monique Webster
  • Katrina Paige Whitten
  • Brenda Sue Williams
  • McKenzie Lynn Yates
  • Gregory H.D. Zaleski
  • Malgorzata Zeglen
  • Lauren Taylor Zell
  • Office Professional
  • Jamie Leigh Bonds
  • Lizbeth Lopez
  • Olivia Melgoza
  • Katherine L. Morris
  • Katherine R. Sullivan
  • Aubrey Brianne Williams
  • Vasha Katrina Woods
  • Paralegal/Legal Assist Studies
  • Lisa Marie Trahan
  • Paramedic
  • Zachary Scott Bolda 
  • Andrew Jacob Douglas
  • Hayden Wyatt Peters 
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Carly Caitlin Bernardy
  • Nathan James Bowers
  • Elizabeth E. Daverin
  • Shannon Marie Ducat
  • Kelsey Lee Elam
  • Madison Noel Gayheart
  • Samantha Lynn Gustafson
  • Anna Leigh Hunte
  • Sierra Darlene Moyer
  • Kelly Kathleen Runyon
  • Jacquelyn Lorin Schopf
  • Respiratory Therapist Assistant
  • Danielle Desiree Arteaga
  • Viviana Baeza
  • Lindsay Nicole Eddy
  • Cesar Abraham Garcia
  • Jasmyn Michelle Garcia
  • Jacob Hutter
  • Scott Aaron Hutter
  • Samantha Ann Lippner
  • Itzel Guadalupe Lopez
  • Paige Leigh Medina
  • Erin Elizabeth Moran 
  • Tanya Eryka O’Connor
  • Jacquelin Villagomez
  • Lauren Brittany Ware
  • Radiography
  • Kelsey Rae Angeloni
  • Brooke L. Arseneau
  • Heather Marie Benson
  • Morgan Aretha Dorsey
  • Amanda Nickole Fremouw
  • Cassidy Marie Gerdes
  • Cheyenne Jade Koehne
  • Erin M. Reilly
  • Hannah Rose Selvey
  • Carley Rayann Shivers
  • Chalon Lashae Smith
  • Kristy Evelyn Smith
  • Haleigh A. Sutter
  • Tresa Marie Tibble
  • Kelsey Nicole Tolmer
  • Welding Technology
  • Matthew Lloyd Cato
  • Rolando Refugio Contreras
  • David James Haut II
  • Nathan Zachery Jacobs
  • Nicholas James Mullins
  • Jeffrey Evan Pestlin
  • Nathan Aaron Whitlock
Advanced Certificate Candidates
  • Agri-Hort Horticulture
  • Susan Marie Patrykus
  • Allison Leann Pree
  • Agri-Hort Production
  • Tylar Richard Swanson
  • Coding Specialist
  • Rebecca Nicole Apking 
  • Bailey Brianna Dorsch
  • Hayley Marie Edmonds
  • Jordan Louise Huddlestun
  • Shelina Lanette Jessup
  • Computer Graphic Technology
  • Jacob Alan Bramer
  • Fleur K. Breuker 
  • Brianne Elizabeth Settle
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Jennifer Gail Soyer
  • Electrical Technology
  • Michael Donn Thompson
  • HVAC/R Service
  • Grant Barber Sparenberg
  • Instrumentation & Process Control
  • Brayden Timothy Bailey
  • Isaac Brazel Brown
  • Kenny Carmona
  • Zachary Thomas Jensen
  • Wayne Joseph Simpson
  • Law Enforcement
  • Anicah Grace Bruner 
  • Daniel David Dralle
  • Yuliana Gaytan
  • Augustina Christina Rios
  • Joseph Patrick Ross
  • David Matthew Schultz
  • Kobe Michael Suprenant
  • Michael Steven Voechting
  • Aiden Joseph White
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Zachary Rian Miller
  • Nicholas James Mullins
  • Manufacturing Industrial Maintenance II
  • Peter F. Dato, II
  • Kyle James Haut
  • Ronald J. Mantooth
  • Jammie N. Shell
  • Manufacturing Machine Tool II
  • Zachary Rian Miller
  • Nicholas James Mullins
  • Manufacturing Welding II
  • Nicholas James Mullins
  • Isaac Brazel
  • Millwright
  • Drew Allen Hines
  • Office Assistant
  • Jamie Leigh Bonds
  • Lizbeth Lopez
  • Olivia Melgoza
  • Katherine L. Morris
  • Katherine R. Sullivan
  • Vasha Katrina Woods
  • Practical Nursing
  • Cierra Neicae Alexander
  • Crystal Arambula
  • Megan Elizabeth Conrad
  • Kaylee Rose Fahnestock
  • Darcy K. Gibson
  • Dianna Karina Gomez
  • Janet Marie Hasting
  • Christine Ann Kem
  • Bryana Alyce Nambo
  • Roxanne C. Neil
  • Iridian Alejandra Sandoval
  • Brandi Ann Sorensen
  • Kristy Marie Tomsich
  • Monique Webster
  • Theresa Antionette Woodle
  • Welding
  • Matthew Lloyd Cato
  • Rolando Refugio Contreras
  • Nathan Zachery Jacobs
  • Nicholas James Mullins
  • Jeffrey Evan Pestlin
  • Nathan Aaron Whitlock
Key:
4.0 GPA
Award Recipients
Walter 'Chip' Hasselbring
2020 John Fulton Distinguished Alumni Award – Walter “Chip” Hasselbring
Outstanding Faculty Award - Full time - Jennifer Pecora Kettley
Jennifer Pecora Kettley
Josh Riley
Outstanding Faculty Award - Part time - Josh Riley


All-Illinois Academic Team

Nominated for the All-USA Academic Team

These students are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. They have been selected for the All-Illinois Academic Team, a special recognition based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. Each two-year college in Illinois may nominate two students per campus. As members of the All-Illinois Academic Team, they also are nominated for the All-USA Academic Team.

Alexis Ballard
  • First generation college student
  • Blood donor
  • Included in Presidents list
  • Mental health technician at Riverside Medical Center
  • TRIO Student Support Services member
Alexis Ballard
Allen Pizano
Allen Pizano
  • First-generation college student
  • Plans to earn a bachelor's degree in Business
  • Interested in entrepreneurship, marketing and advertising
  • Frequently volunteers to help his neighbors

Academic Regalia

Academic dress is a colorful and impressive feature of a college commencement. A rich tradition reaching back to scholastic life in 14th century England has established the use of distinctive gowns and hoods in academic ceremonies. A person holding a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree wears academic dress appropriate to his/her highest degree.

Associate Degree—Gown is black with pointed sleeves, mortarboard cap is standard, tassel is in school colors.

  • Gold honor cord and tassel signify 4.0 (A) scholastic achievement.
  • Silver honor cord and tassel signify 3.80 to 3.99 scholastic achievement.
  • Purple honor cord signifies membership in Lambda Epsilon Chi National Honor Society in Paralegal/Legal Assistant Studies.
  • Gold stole and tassel signify membership in Phi Theta Kappa honor society.
  • Peach honor cord signifies membership in the Alpha Delta Nu-ETA Chapter of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing.
  • White stole with and American flag along with red, white and blue accents distinguishes graduates who have served in the Unites States military. This includes those currently serving on active duty, veterans, reservists, and National Guard members.
  • Red, white and blue cord signifies membership in SALUTE Veterans national Honor Society.

Bachelor's Degree—Gown is black with pointed sleeves, open wide at the end. Mortarboard cap is standard. Tassel is black or colors of major field of study. The hood is 3 feet in length and hood trim is 2 inches wide.

Master's Degree—Gown is black and has a closed sleeve with a tail that hangs down from the base of the sleeve. The rear part of the oblong tail is cut square while the front has an arc cut away. Mortarboard cap is standard. Tassel is black or colors of major field of study. The hood is 3½ feet in length and hood trim is 3 inches wide.

Doctoral Degree—Gown is black with bell-shaped sleeves with three velvet stripes. Instead of a mortarboard, the cap is a tam-o'-shanter. Tassel is black or gold. The hood is 4 feet in length and hood trim is 5 inches wide.

The hoods for bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are trimmed and lined with a satin fabric in the official color of the institution that granted the degree. The trim color on the hood, by contrast, is distinct to the subject of the degree, with associated colors listed here.

Agriculture Maize
Arts, Letters, Humanities White
Commerce, Accountancy, Business Drab
Dentistry Lilac
Economics Copper
Education Light blue
Engineering Orange
Fine Arts, including Architecture Brown
Forestry Russet
Journalism Crimson
Law Purple
Library Science Lemon
Medicine Green
Music Pink
Nursing Apricot
Oratory (speech) Silver gray
Pharmacy Olive green
Philosophy Dark Blue
Physical Education Sage green
Public Administration, including Foreign Service Peacock blue
Public Health Salmon pink
Science Golden yellow
Social Work Citron
Theology Scarlet
Veterinary Science Gray

Ceremonial Insignia

Mace

KCC's ceremonial mace is carried at the front of the academic procession at commencement. The mace demonstrates the official authority of the proceedings. Historically, the use of a mace dates back to the middle ages as a symbol of power and influence.

KCC's mace was hand-turned and took 20 hours to construct. It is made of black walnut, and stands at more than 3 feet long. The bronze laurel leaves encompass a medallion bearing the college's name and logo. The mace and its stand were custom-designed and handcrafted by artisan Richard Condon in 2015.

KCC's ceremonial mace
President's Medallion

The official President's Medallion is regarded as part of the permanent insignia of the college, along with the academic mace. The chain represents the trust and authority invested in the president by the board of trustees. The chain is placed on the neck of the new president when he or she is installed in office. It is worn by the president along with other academic regalia at official celebrations, such as inaugurations and commencement.

KCC's President's Medallion features the college name, seal and official shades of red and blue. It is cast in bronze and measures 3.5 inches in diameter. The medallion is anchored by an ornamental chain, with links separated by a plate with the word President. As a permanent insignia of office, the President's Medallion is passed to each succeeding president of the college.