PIQUA — Edison State Community College will hold its 42nd annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the North Hall on the Piqua Campus.
Nearly 400 students will be earning a total of 440 degrees or certificates in business, computer information technology, engineering technology, health science, industrial management and technology, and social and legal services at this year’s graduation.
Miami County Commissioner Gregory A. Simmons will deliver the ceremony’s keynote address.
When the college opened its doors, Simmons was the first student to earn a diploma. He now holds a bachelors and masters degree in education from Wright State University and Parkersburg Bible College and has since encouraged his family to follow in his footsteps.
“Four of my children have graduated from Edison State. I also have a stepson who will graduate from Edison State in December with a degree in computer information technology. My first wife, who has passed away, was also one of the first nursing graduates,” said Simmons. “Edison State has been really good to my family and me.”
Before college, Simmons served four years in the United States Navy being deployed overseas three times during the Vietnam conflict.
“I was able to attend Edison State on the G.I. Bill. My counselor informed me that I had enough credits to transfer to Wright State, so I did. At the time, they were both located in Piqua, and I lived in Piqua, so it made it nice for me.”
Simmons also taught juvenile justice and delinquency in addition to the first several police academies offered at Edison State. He also directed government agencies for over 25 years, retiring from his 14-year role as the director of West Central Juvenile Facility.
Commencement will also include a welcome and introduction from Thomas Milligan, Edison State Board of Trustees Chairman; greetings from Stan Evans, chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors; presentation of candidates for degree by Chris Spradlin, provost; and special acknowledgments from Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson.
A reception for the graduates and those attending to celebrate this milestone with them will be held immediately following the ceremony.