Commencement celebrates academic success of nearly 2,900
Cuyahoga Community College
celebrated the academic achievements of nearly 2,900 petitioning
graduates during its Spring Commencement on May 16, 2019 at
Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center.
The College has been asked to confer 2,897 associate degrees and
certificates of completion at the graduation ceremony. The total
reflects the College’s commitment to student success and
building a stronger community through education.
Among the graduates will be a record 45 teens who attended Tri-C
through the state’s College Credit Plus program and
earned a degree or certificate before their high school diploma.
“Commencement is always an inspiring time at Tri-C,” said
Alex Johnson, president of the College. “The ceremony
celebrates the life-changing power of education and the bright
future for those who worked so hard to learn, grow and achieve.”
The College also awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
degrees to Dr. Toby Cosgrove and George L. Forbes
during the ceremony to recognize their commitment to the
Cosgrove served as CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic
from 2004 to 2017, leading the organization to new heights of
achievement and efficiency. Three successive U.S. presidents
have consulted the renowned surgeon and administrator on health
Forbes built a professional career characterized by a deep
commitment to community. His lengthy resume includes decades of
elected service on Cleveland City Council and leadership of the
city’s NAACP chapter. In 1971, he co-founded Cleveland’s first
black-owned law firm.
The student speaker was 63-year-old Susan Barlow of
Broadview Heights, a longtime diabetes educator and advocate who
followed her passion for cooking to Tri-C’s culinary program.
Ms. Barlow graduated from Tri-C with an Associate of Applied
Business degree in culinary arts and three professional
certificates. She said the College’s Women in Transition program
inspired her to return to school and pursue a second career.
Classmates selected Ms. Barlow to serve as student speaker at
the ceremony and share her inspirational story. Visit
www.tri-c.edu/commencement/graduate-stories.html to read
other graduate stories from the Class of 2019.