Monday , 27 September 2021

Lorain County Community College Unveils ‘Doors to Opportunity’ Celebrating Graduating Class of 2021

Lorain County Community College is celebrating graduation with a large-scale (450 foot long) interactive experience created for the class of 2021 and the community.

This project celebrates the struggles and challenges students faced throughout their educational journey.

Each door features a 2021 graduate through an augmented reality experience using the Zappar app or QR scanner on any smart phone. The installation officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m.

The May 15 commencement celebrates a host of highlights:

– U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona and Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Randy Gardner will deliver virtual keynote addresses.   The top education leaders in the nation and state have prepared highly personalized video keynote speeches for LCCC’s Class of 2021 that are part of the official commencement ceremony taking place on Saturday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m. at www.commencement.lorainccc.edu

– First Graduates of LCCC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Microelectronic Manufacturing (MEMS). In 2018, LCCC became the first community college in Ohio to deliver an applied bachelor’s degree and the first community college in the country to offer an applied bachelor’s degree in MEMS.  The first three students are graduating from the program and all have full-time jobs.  

– Largest University Partnership graduating class in its 25-year history with 365 graduates earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from 14 colleges and universities.

– 21 Doors to Opportunity Installation. A large-scale (450 foot long) interactive experience created for the class of 2021 and the community, this project celebrates the struggles and challenges students faced throughout their educational journey. Located near the Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, the installation officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 15 at 9 a.m. The college is also hosting more than 300 graduates in the Ewing Field House between 12:30 and 4:30 for a stage crossing and professional photograph. 

– With the Class of 2021, LCCC is 55.3% toward achieving its 10,000 degrees of impact by the year 2025.  LCCC’s Vision 2025, which set a bold goal to raise educational attainment in the community by graduating 10,000 more individuals with credentials and degrees by 2025 was established in 2018. To date, 5,526 individuals have earned credentials from Lorain County Community College and University Partnership.  Here is a look at the Class of 2021 by the numbers:

1,854 LCCC graduates earning 2,234 degrees or certificates

– 94 students are earning an associate degree during the same year they graduate high school

– 365 University Partnership Grads

– 46% are first in their families to graduate college

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