Commencement Memories :: Dr. Tracy Morris

People who know me have heard me brag about my mom’s path to education: a single mom in her late 20’s with 3 young kids coming back to school after her divorce. This story is very common to many of our students and it is a story of perseverance, sacrifice, and dedication. I have heard her tell stories of hiding in the closet with a flashlight to study or how the only way she was able to go to school was because of the Pell Grant. I still remember my mom’s graduation and her nurse pinning—although I had no idea at the time what sacrifices she had made to get there. I just remember being proud (and I got to have a fancy dress and a glass of punch!) As we are getting closer to commencement, I have been thinking a lot about stories like hers and how they make what we do here at ICC so remarkable as lives are changed every day!

It is always amazing to see students celebrating their accomplishments with their professors and with their families cheering them on.

Next month is Commencement here at ICC. The commencement ceremony recognizes graduates from all three academic terms and is a spectacular way to celebrate your academic accomplishments. In recent years, participation has grown to the point that we are moving to the Peoria Civic Center to better enable friends and family to celebrate with our graduates! It is always amazing to see students celebrating their accomplishments with their professors and with their families cheering them on. The annual Grad Finale is next week—so those who signed up to walk in Commencement need to remember to come pick up your gown and get ready for the great fun to come!

Take time today to celebrate your accomplishments and we look forward to another year of milestones and celebrations as you reach your goals. For those of you attending the ceremony, I can’t wait to cheer for you as you cross the stage!

Dr. Tracy Morris
Vice President of Student Services

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