The College has been asked to confer 1,852 associate degrees and
certificates of completion at the graduation ceremony,
making it the second-largest fall commencement class in Tri-C’s
The total reflects the success of College programs and
initiatives designed to keep students on the path to graduation.
“Every degree and certificate
reflect a determination to build a better future,” said
Alex Johnson, president of the College. “From what they have
shown, I know that our newest graduates will be
successful as they venture out
into careers or to continue their education.”
The College will also award Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
degrees to Jules Belkin, Paul Clark, and John E. Skory
during the ceremony to recognize their commitment to the
community and College.
Belkin co-founded Belkin Productions in 1966 and staged
thousands of concerts over the decades while connecting
communities through music. The College recently renamed a
theater after Belkin and his wife, Fran, in recognition of their
strong support of the arts at Tri-C.
Clark has been involved in the financial services industry for
43 years and now serves as regional president of PNC Bank,
Cleveland. He is active in a number of civic and business
organizations, including the Cuyahoga Community College
Skory, a Tri-C grad, ascended to president of The Illuminating
Company after beginning his career with the utility as a meter
reader. He serves on the boards of a number of community service
organizations, including the Tri-C Foundation.
The student commencement speaker will be Charulatha
Vijayakumar, who turned two years of online classes and
overnight study sessions into an Associate of Applied Business
degree with a focus on international business. She is graduating
with a flawless 4.0 GPA.
The 28-year-old said the flexibility of e-learning allowed her
to pursue a degree from Tri-C even after her husband’s job took
the family to Fort Wayne, Indiana, earlier this year.
to serve as student speaker at the ceremony and share her story.
To read other graduate success stories from the College’s 2018
Fall Commencement class, visit www.tri-c.edu/commencement/graduate-stories.html.
This year’s commencement ceremony will be held at Cleveland
State University’s Wolstein Center, located at 2000 Prospect
Ave. in Cleveland.