JCTC recognizes 1,760 students at annual commencement ceremony

A member of the class of 2016 takes a photoAbout 400 students crossed the stage Tuesday night during Jefferson Community and Technical College s annual commencement ceremony.

During the ceremony, the college recognized the 1,760 individuals earning a credential, including a record 1,518 associate degrees.

Graduates heard from new JCTC President Ty Handy, who listed a number of class accomplishments, including numerous local, state and national awards.

I am beginning to think there is nothing you can t do, he said to applause.

The student address was given by sophomore Abdul Hasib Abdul Rasool, a 4.0 student who plans to transfer to the University of Louisville with ambitions of a medical career.

I really appreciate the president, the deans, the talented teachers, the staff, the guests and the students of Jefferson Community and Technical College for being so special, he said. I was able to learn the way I wanted. I was able to share my opinions in classes. I was able to ask questions.

New this year, the college recognized two outstanding adjunct faculty members. The faculty members were nominated for a new award to honor exemplary efforts of part-time faculty. Georganna Flynn from the Physical Therapist Assistant Program was the Technical Education winner. Michael Shell, who teaches philosophy, was the general education honoree.

The graduating class included 20 students who completed associate degrees while still in high school. Students attended either the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science Middle College Program or the Western High Early College Program. The Class of 2016 also included graduates from 34 countries and those ranging in age from 17 to 72.