Hazard Community & Technical College’s commencement exercises are set for Saturday, May 15, at The Forum in the Hal Rogers Center. The college will hold two ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Six hundred and sixteen students will receiving 1,202 credentials; associate in arts, associate in science, and associate in applied science degrees will be awarded along with diplomas and certificates. This is the highest number of credentials ever awarded in the history of the school.
An honorary degree will be presented to Bobby Osborne during the morning ceremony. Osborne is being recognized for his lifetime career in bluegrass music and for his work with the HCTC Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music in Hyden, where he is a faculty member.
The speaker for the morning ceremony will be leadership student Tracy Hamilton; Jamie Johnson, of HCTC’s new surgical technology program, will be the afternoon speaker.
A rose will be placed in honor and remembrance of two HCTC faculty members who died at the beginning of the fall semester — Jayne Carter, who taught mathematics, and Donna Sparkman, English faculty member.
The City of Hazard will provide free trolley service beginning at 8 a.m. from near the Hazard High School football. The public is invited to both events.