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45th HCC Commencement Ceremony to be Held May 6

Hopkinsville Community Colleges 45th Commencement Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday evening, May 6 at the James E. Bruce Conference and Convention Center located at 303 Conference Center Drive in Hopkinsville.

According to HCC Registrar Ruth Ann Rettie, 584 HCC students have applied for 1,276 credentials, 448 two-year degrees, 770 certificates, and 58 diplomas.

Presiding at the ceremony will be HCC President James Selbe, who will also present graduation credentials to the class of 2011. Dean of Student Affairs Jason Warren will serve as master of ceremonies and Acting Chief Academic Officer Randal Wilson will present the candidates for graduation.

Hopkinsville Community College alumnus Mike Hancock will be the commencement speaker for the ceremony. Mr. Hancock is Secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and a career cabinet engineer. He was State Highway Engineer at the time that Governor Beshear designated him as Secretary. Mikes experience with the Cabinet includes 10 years in rural and urban transportation planning, 10 years leading the Cabinets program management function, eight years as Deputy State Highway Engineer for program planning and management, one year as the Cabinets Chief of Staff, and one year as State Highway Engineer. He currently serves as president of the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) and also serves on the Executive Committees of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He is a native of Princeton, in Caldwell County, and a graduate of Hopkinsville Community College and the University of Kentucky. Mike and his wife, Marla, have three adult children.

The colleges faculty, staff, and administration invite the community to celebrate the educational achievements of the Hopkinsville Community College Class of 2011 at our commencement ceremonies, said HCC President James Selbe. We recognize the hard work that a student must put forth to achieve their educational goals. Many times their family and friends must also sacrifice to ensure the student is successful.

HCC will stream the ceremony live online so that those who live out of town or are serving overseas can share in the commencement event.