Delaware Tech Confers 1,647 Awards Across the State
Delaware Technical Community College held its 44th annual commencement ceremonies on Monday, May 14, Tuesday, May 15, and Wednesday, May 16. Including this year’s graduates, the College has awarded degrees, diplomas, and certificates to more than 39,428 individuals in its 45-year history. The size of Delaware Tech’s first graduating class was 200; this year’s graduating class totals 1,647. Over 95% of these individuals are Delawareans who live in the state and will work for hundreds of local businesses. The graduating class is diverse, consisting of 61.8% female and 29.5% minority.
The largest number of 2012 associate degrees were awarded in nursing, followed by criminal justice, human services, and general business. A survey of 2011 graduates found that the median starting salary for a Delaware Tech graduate was $40,089. Nursing graduates reported the highest average salary ($49,614) followed by graduates in allied health ($45,287).
The College is proud to have provided access, opportunity, excellence, and hope for this year’s graduates who include:
- A student who put himself through high school using a home school program, enrolled at Delaware Tech at the age of 16, and graduated at 18 with a 3.9 GPA
- A single mother of three children who graduated from the paralegal program as a 2012 All-Delaware Academic Team member, has served as a tutor, and plans to continue her education and become a U.S. federal prosecutor
- A mother and her three children who all graduated together
- An environmental water quality graduate who came from Belarus in 2007, learned the English language, and will continue his studies to achieve a bachelor’s degree in an environmental sciences field
- A human services graduate who has not let his wheelchair hold him back from being extremely active in student government and other activities on campus
- Four members of the Vanguard Society, a student organization that provides members with the opportunity to support each other in their academic and personal goals
- A husband and wife who received degrees in architectural engineering and chemistry with a math concentration respectively
- A graduate of the College’s connected degree program in engineering technology, who was awarded the Bernard Luterancik Engineering Award and will spend the summer as a NASA intern at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and enter the civil engineering program at the University of Delaware in the fall to study structural design