For the first time in more than two years, Kishwaukee College held its commencement
ceremonies in person. Approximately 275 students attended two ceremonies held on Saturday,
May 21, to celebrate Spring 2022 Commencement.
“After two years of holding virtual ceremonies, it is so good to be here in person
celebrating with you all today,” said Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee
The first ceremony recognized 155 graduates who earned Associate in Applied Science
degrees, Certificates of Completion, and Illinois High School Equivalency credentials.
The second ceremony honored 120 graduates earning Associate in Arts, Associate in
Fine Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Engineering Science and Associate in
General Studies degrees. Overall, 402 students completed a program or certificate
requirement this semester. Additionally, graduates from the Summer and Fall 2021 semesters
were invited to attend the in-person ceremonies.
Dennysha Kizer, a graduate of Kish’s Nursing program, served as the Student Speaker
during the first ceremony, emphasizing how the College served as a support system
through the pandemic.
“Even during COVID, when social isolation weighed over us, I always had someone within
reach, whether it was a phone call, FaceTime, email, or just socially distancing in
our cars. The community that this College has provided me with helped me achieve my
goals,” Kizer said. “Kish has provided us with the skills, and now it is our time
to put them to use. Go start the career you have always wanted. Earn that bachelor’s
or master’s degree. Continue chasing your dreams.”
Sierra Price, a graduate earning her Associate in Arts degree and the Student Speaker
for the second ceremony, also acknowledged the challenges of the pandemic and drew
on Benjamin Franklin’s advice, “Out of adversity comes opportunity.”
“Let your achievements these past two years remind you to prepare for inevitable changes
and embrace the opportunities that accompany them — even when they may not always
align with your desired vision,” Price said. “When feelings of uncertainty arise,
take them in stride and accept the option that scares you most. Then, perhaps, you
will find yourself in positions you’d never imagined possible.”
Both ceremonies were livestreamed on Kish’s social media channels and website. To
view either ceremony, visit www.kish.edu/commencement.