Bluegrass Community & Technical College Commencement 2019
Published on May 9, 2019
Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) will confer 4300 credentials upon 2,215 candidates for graduation at the college's commencement ceremony May 12 at 4 p.m. at the Alumni Coliseum on the Eastern Kentucky University campus, 641 Eastern Bypass, Richmond, KY.
"We celebrate our graduates who are creating better lives for themselves and their families," said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, BCTC president. "I applaud their hard work, and the commitment of our faculty and staff who have empowered students to attain their goals. The Class of 2019, like thousands of BCTC alumni before them, will enter careers skilled and prepared to make contributions that will help the businesses and communities across our region thrive."
Katherine Delgado, a first generation college student, like many graduates Sunday is earning an Associate in Science degree. Unlike those sitting with her, she will receive her high school diploma in June.
"They told me it was possible to complete my high school and college degrees at the same time. I didn't really believe it," said Delgado, "but I did it!" Next month, Delgado will walk with her senior class at Dunbar High School, then continue her computer science studies at the University of Kentucky.
Through Opportunity Middle College (OMC), a partnership with Fayette County Public Schools at the BCTC Cooper Campus, she was able to take high school and college courses at the same time. Delgado's sister also attended OMC in the inaugural class of 2009. Tania Delgado earned her degree form BCTC and now works in radiology.
Another candidate for graduation, Aingaran Satchithanantham, took a different route to his goals. Satchithanantham came to the United States from Sri Lanka in 2016. While working on his language skills, he completed his GED® in only a month and began taking classes at BCTC.
Despite the challenges that came with relocating to a new country, he stayed at the top of his class and became an active member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. Satchithanantham will continue his education at University of Kentucky studying accounting and finance.
Satchithanantham encourages all students to "take advantage of the resources and opportunities at community colleges that can help you make your dreams come true."
BCTC will celebrate the success of these students and many more at commencement Sunday.
Susan Elkington, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky will be the commencement speaker at the ceremony that will award Associate in Arts Degrees, Associate in Applied Science Degrees, Associate in Science Degrees, diplomas and certificates.
BCTC is now enrolling for summer classes. For more information, call (855) 246-2477.