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More than 15,000 graduating from KCTCS

VERSAILLES, Ky. — The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will honor more than 15,000 candidates, potentially receiving more than 30,000* credentials, at graduation this spring. In addition to the spring graduates, several commencement exercises also will recognize students who have graduated since the May 2018 commencement. Many will earn more than one degree, diploma or certificate; some are high school students who have earned a high school diploma and an associate degree simultaneously.

Here is a list of commencement plans, which begin May 9.

Ashland Community and Technical College

May 13, 6 p.m.

Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland

700+ students, 1800 credentials

Speaker: Dr. Jay K. Box, KCTCS President

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

May 12, 4 p.m.

Alumni Coliseum, Eastern Kentucky University, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Richmond

2215 graduates, 4300 credentials

Speaker: Susan Elkington, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

May 10, 7 p.m. for Allied Heath

May 11, 9 a.m. and noon for all others

Mountain Arts Center, 50 Hal Rogers Drive, Prestonsburg

375 students, 909 credentials awarded

Speaker: Prestonsburg Mayor Leslie Stapleton 

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College

May 13, 7 p.m.

Central Hardin High School, 3040 Leitchfield Rd. Cecilia

1422 students, 1900 credentials

Speaker: Dr. Juston Pate, President/CEO, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College 

Gateway Community and Technical College

May 16, 7 p.m.

BB&T Arena at Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Dr., Newport

1633 students, 2450 credentials

Speaker: Lewis Diaz, partner, Dinsmore

Hazard Community and Technical College

May 11, 10 a.m.

John C. Combs Arena, 305 Park Avenue, Hazard

717 graduates, 1703 credentials

Speaker: Leslie Maschino, graduating student 

Henderson Community College

May 10, 7 p.m.

Preston Art Center, 2660 South Green Street, Henderson

168 graduates, 244 credentials

Speaker: Bob Berry, President/CEO, Big Rivers Electric Corporation 

Hopkinsville Community College

May 10, 7 p.m.

James E. Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Drive, Hopkinsville

835 students, 1446 credentials

Speaker: Colonel Joseph P. Kuchan, Garrison Commander at Fort Campbell

Jefferson Community and Technical College

May 14, 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. 4th St., Louisville

2500 graduates, 4300 credentials 

Madisonville Community College

May 10, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville

250 graduates, 650 credentials

Speaker: Dr. Aaron Thompson, President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Maysville Community and Technical College

Maysville Campus

May 11, 10:30 a.m.

Mason County Field House

Student Speaker – Terrell Clarke


Montgomery and Rowan Campus (combined)

May 13, 6 p.m.,

Montgomery County High School Arena

Speakers: Montgomery Student – Kaylee McFarland, Rowan Student – Jonathan Mosley


Licking Valley Campus Graduation

May 15, 6 p.m.

Harrison County High School

Student Speaker – Michael McKinney  

758 graduates, 2234 credentials

Owensboro Community and Technical College

May 15 and May 16 at 6:30 p.m.

RiverPark Center, 101 Daviess Street, Owensboro

433 Graduates, 1246 Credentials

Speaker: The Honorable Mr. Joe Bowen, Former Kentucky State Senator 

Somerset Community College

May 10, 7:30 pm

The Center for Rural Development, 2292 S Hwy 27, Somerset

1011 graduates, 2131 credentials

Speaker: Dr. Carey Castle, President/CEO, Somerset Community College

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

May 10, 4 p.m. Arts and Humanities and Business Divisions

7:00 Mathematics and Sciences, Allied Health and Nursing and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Divisions

Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC), 601 College St., Bowling Green

Approximately 800 graduates, 2481 credentials

Southeast Community and Technical College

May 9, 6 p.m.

Harlan County High School, 4000 US-119, Baxter

Approximately 400 students, 600+ credentials

Speaker: Video of current students and graduates. 

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

May 11, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center, 100 Kentucky Ave., Paducah

1100 candidates for graduation, 1644 credentials

Speaker: Bob Wilson, Director of Pupil Personnel, Ballard County School District

*Final numbers of graduates and credentials could be slightly different.