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  • Maria Rice of Des Plaines chats with classmates before the Oakton Community College graduation ceremony Tuesday in Des Plaines

       Maria Rice of Des Plaines chats with classmates before the Oakton Community College graduation ceremony Tuesday in Des Plaines
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Kevin Beyer of Des Plaines, left, and Emil Vulic of Skokie don bow ties for their graduation ceremony Tuesday at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.

       Kevin Beyer of Des Plaines, left, and Emil Vulic of Skokie don bow ties for their graduation ceremony Tuesday at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Veronica Castellanos of Bensenville gets ready for the Oakton Community College graduation with the help of adviser Laura Pristera before Tuesday's ceremony in Des Plaines.

       Veronica Castellanos of Bensenville gets ready for the Oakton Community College graduation with the help of adviser Laura Pristera before Tuesday's ceremony in Des Plaines.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
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Oakton Community College held its 43rd annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday night in Des Plaines.

More than 1,000 students received degrees and certificates from the college. Oakton alumna Kristina Alcozer Garcia, the coordinator of student leadership at Northeastern Illinois University, was slated to give the commencement address.

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The college conferred its Distinguished Alumnus Award on Timothy J. Panfil, a resident of Des Plaines who earned associate's degrees in pre-engineering and electronics and computer technology in 1988 and 1989, respectively. Panfil is director of enrollment management at Elmhurst College's School for Professional Studies.

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