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April 23, 2010

Harrison College graduates

TERRE HAUTE — In unison, graduates of Harrison College moved their tassels from the left to the right side of their caps signifying a move to a higher level of education.

Harrison College, formerly Indiana Business College, graduated 44 students in an hour-long commencement ceremony at Terre Haute North Vigo High School on Friday evening. The ceremony was for December 2009 and March 2010 graduates.

The college’s Terre Haute campus, located on Indiana 46 in Vigo County, currently has 305 students, however more than 5,000 students are enrolled at 13 campuses statewide and at its online division and culinary division, called The Chef’s Academy.

Rita VanArsdale of Carbon said Friday’s ceremony for her associate’s degree in human resources, graduating with distinction, marked a halfway point to her goal at Harrison College. “I’m still going to school. I am going for a bachelor’s degree,” she said.

Emily Worley was all smiles as she held her 7-month-old nephew, Tyler, in a hallway prior to the graduation ceremony. “I graduated back in December, but wanted to go through the ceremony,” said Worley, who graduated with an associate’s degree and currently works as a medical assistant at a family medical practice in Danville, Ill.

It’s the second year the college has awarded bachelor degrees, said Patricia Mozley, president of the Terre Haute campus. Chrystal Silvers was one of three people awarded a bachelor’s degree. Silvers, of Brazil, received her bachelor’s degree in accounting.

“I chose Harrison College because it was closer to home and would recommend it to anybody. They are a friendly staff, and now I am going to look for a job,” Silvers said.

Gene Crume, president of the Indiana State University Foundation, was guest speaker at the ceremony. Mozley is the 2010 president of Leadership Wabash Valley, a program that is now under the umbrella of the ISU Foundation.

Crume told graduates the commencement ceremony “is all about you, to celebrate your accomplishments and achievements.” Crume said students now have a diamond that is education “and only you can take this and make something of it.”

He also told graduates that family and friends, along with faculty, supported them during their education. “They gave themselves to you so you can have the gift. They gave you the diamond,” Crume said.

Degrees were awarded in fields such as medical assistant, medical reimbursement technology, accounting, business finance, business marketing, criminal justice and human resources.

Howard Greninger can be reached at (812) 231-4204 or howard.greninger@tribstar.com.

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