More than 300 Central Lakes College students were honored Wed., May 12 at the spring commencement for 2010 graduates of the Brainerd campus. A record of more than 1,000 students were eligible to graduate. Ceremonies at the gymnasium in Brainerd High School again packed the house with families and friends. Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson (left) provided the commencement address. CLC President Dr. Larry Lundblad addressed the graduates, and Vice President Dr. Suresh Tiwari recognized the honors graduates as well as the families and friends of the graduates. Deans at the college assisted with the conferring of degrees, diplomas, and certificates. Charles Albrecht, Class of 1977, provided alumni remarks, and Adam Bybee, student senate president, gave the student perspective. The CLC Community Concert band provided the music.
On Thurs., May 13 in the gymnasium at Staples-Motley High School about 125 graduating students from the Staples campus received their recognition for completing educational programs. The commencement speaker was Dan McElroy (left), commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development and a member of the MnSCU board of trustees. Gordon Vierkant, a 1977 graduate now teaching in the Heavy equipment program provided the alumni remarks. Jordan Zwart, student senate president, gave the student perspective. The CLC Brass Ensemble provided music and the Staples VFW Post 1910 was the color guard.