Apr 26, 2012

Graduations May 9 and 10

A retired university president and retiring Brainerd college instructor are scheduled to give the 2012 commencement addresses for Central Lakes College. Kathy Blake, a mathematics instructor retiring after 21 years at CLC, will give the commencement address to Staples campus graduates in a ceremony that starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9 in the Staples-Motley High School gymnasium. A two-time Teacher of the Year at CLC, Blake is a first-generation graduate of Brainerd Community College who earned post-graduate degrees at St. Cloud State University and a doctorate from Wisdom University. Jon Wefald, former president of Kansas State University, will speak at the Brainerd ceremony that starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 in the Brainerd High School gymnasium. Wefald is also a former Minnesota state university chancellor, president of Southwest Minnesota State University, and state commissioner of agriculture. The Class of 2012 at CLC will receive degrees, diplomas, and certificates for program completion. Honor graduates will be recognized. Student speakers will be student senate presidents Latoya Ross-Sullivan at Staples and Steve Sabin at Brainerd.