SCHERERVILLE | Anticipating Trine University’s commencement ceremony, one group of students began celebrating a little early. Students enrolled in Trine’s School of Professional Studies in Schererville held a senior celebration April 19.
R. Keith Howard, vice chancellor of Student Affairs for Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Northwest region, addressed the students with a speech about momentum in education and the U.S. ranking on the international education front. Ivy Tech is a partner institution of Trine.
Graduates and their guests dined on a meal provided by area business sponsors. Appetizers of burger bites, assorted pickles and fresh fruit were served before a meal of chicken, pasta, sides dishes, salad and pies and cakes.
“The community and businesses here have been very supportive of this campus and our students,” said Rebekah Morin, campus director. “This celebration would not be possible without the many contributions from our sponsors.”
In addition to providing the meal, event sponsors also provided gifts for the graduates. Each senior student received a bag emblazoned with the Trine logo that was filled with gift cards and presents, along with information about graduate programs.
School of Professional Studies graduates include: Mary Cripe, Schererville, bachelor of business administration in management; Carlis Dawson-Smith, Merrillville, bachelor of applied management; Bryant Johnson, Merrillville, bachelor of science in criminal justice; Jennifer Kasza, Cedar Lake, bachelor of business administration in accounting; Rebekah Morin, Hobart, master of science in leadership; Laura Perez, East Chicago, bachelor of applied management; LaDonna Ricard, Merrillville, bachelor of applied management; Robin Surber, Michigan City, bachelor of science in criminal justice; Tammy Taylor, Hammond, bachelor of applied management; Christopher Vincent, Gary, bachelor of business administration in accounting; Steven White, Hobart, bachelor of applied management; and Akisha Williams, Gary, bachelor of business administration in accounting.