Harper celebrates student success at Graduation

Toni PreckwinkleThe largest number of students to date planning to walk the stage, a new venue and a beautiful day brought people out in droves to the Harper's 48th Commencement Ceremony.

More than 650 graduates from the Class of 2015-2016 receiving transfer degrees, career and technical degrees and certificates crossed the stage of the new outdoor Pavilion, which offered a picturesque campus backdrop for the highly anticipated event.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who served as the commencement speaker, credited the graduates for the challenges they've overcome. She discussed her own failures and setbacks, and the perseverance she needed to get where she wanted to go.

"Very few things worth achieving are ever easy," she said.

Preckwinkle also encouraged graduates to think big, be engaged citizens and work to improve their communities.

"As you continue to move forward, I hope you'll remember all the good people who helped you along the way, and I hope to see you in leadership positions in the future," Preckwinkle said.

In addition to lauding staff, faculty and administrators for the role they played in each student's journey, Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender acknowledged the hard work each graduate put in.

"At the end of the day, you've done what you had to do, and you finished," he said.

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Last Updated: 11/3/21