May is a time of change and transition for many people. This is particularly true for high school and college graduates.
At Waubonsee Community College, 935 individuals have earned degrees during the 2020-2021 academic year. Of that number, 23 will graduate with two degrees. Fifty-three students earned Presidential Honors of a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) and 300 earned Academic Honors of a GPA between 3.5 and 3.9. Seven students graduated from Waubonsee’s Honors Program. The youngest graduate is 17 years old and the oldest is 62 years old. The average age of this year’s class is 26. The average GPA of this group of students is 3.24; a tremendous collective accomplishment.
This has been a remarkable year for all students. They have refined the practice of digital learning while, for many students, balancing the challenges of digital learning for their children. Many students have overcome the challenges of virtual work environments while continuing their education. And, many students faced unexpected financial obstacles.
I also want to recognize the accomplishments of this year’s high school graduates. Most have also adjusted to learning outside of classrooms in the middle of disruptions all around them. I look forward to seeing many of those students in college classrooms, and at Waubonsee, in the fall and adding their new experiences to the learning environment of higher education.
I congratulate all of the 2021 graduates on their remarkable accomplishments!