Waubonsee graduation moving back to main campus

 
 
Updated 5/2/2016 3:46 PM
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  • Students wait in line as they begin the processional for Waubonsee Community College's graduation ceremony at the Paramount Theater in Aurora in May 2014. The graduation ceremony is returning to the main campus in Sugar Grove.

      Students wait in line as they begin the processional for Waubonsee Community College's graduation ceremony at the Paramount Theater in Aurora in May 2014. The graduation ceremony is returning to the main campus in Sugar Grove. Rick West | Staff Photographer

To accommodate more students, and the friends and relatives who support them, Waubonsee Community College will conduct two graduation ceremonies May 14.

And it is moving the rite back to the main campus in Sugar Grove, now that it has a relatively new, larger, air-conditioned field house in which to hold it.

The ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. They will be broadcast live on the college's website, waubonsee.edu.

The college expects 352 students to participate in the ceremonies, and the college will award 1,083 degrees this spring.

New Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, a Waubonsee graduate, will deliver the commencement address. Ziman earned an associate degree from Waubonsee in 1994, followed by a bachelor's degree from Aurora University and a master's degree from Boston University. She joined the Aurora force in 1994.

Graduation used to be held on a weeknight, in Erickson Hall on the Sugar Grove campus. During the construction of the new field house, the ceremony was moved to the Paramount Theater in Aurora.

College officials said in November that student participation in graduation has increased 10 to 15 percent a year in recent years.

Waubonsee has two campuses in Aurora, one in Sugar Grove and another in Plano.

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