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Joseph Hernandez, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art/Ceramics/Drawing and Design at Waubonsee Community College, was recently inducted into the Illinois 2016 Senior Hall of Fame in the category of education.

Hernandez Recognized in Illinois Senior Hall of Fame for Education

Joseph Hernandez, Associate Professor Emeritus of Art/Ceramics/Drawing and Design at Waubonsee Community College, was recently inducted into the Illinois 2016 Senior Hall of Fame in the category of education.

In a letter from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Hernandez was recognized for his teaching career at Waubonsee and his exemplary service in the U.S. Army.

Hernandez is widely known for his mastery of Raku ware, a Japanese pottery traditionally used in ceremonies. He was inducted into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame last year. He also taught in East Aurora School District for 30 years, and volunteers throughout the community.

In the letter, Rauner wrote that he wanted to recognize Hernandez for his dedication to community and to his students through art education.

“Your understanding of the cultural significance of art in today’s society has impacted many students and makes you truly deserving of this award,” he wrote.