Ivy Tech to award honorary degrees at May 17 commencement

By Mike Leonard
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May 6, 2013

Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has announced its honorary degree recipients for this spring’s commencement ceremonies.

The four recipients of honorary associate’s degrees will be: former state Sen. Vi Simpson, former Indiana first lady Judy O’Bannon, Indiana University football great George Taliaferro and Judge Viola Taliaferro.

“Ivy Tech Community College, systemwide, plans to award honorary associate degrees to 50 individuals around the state who have made significant contributions to community service,” Chancellor John Whikehart said in a prepared statement.

Ivy Tech’s commencement ceremonies will take place at 6 p.m. on May 17 at the IU Auditorium. This year’s student speaker is Daniel Stec.

The campus also will present a distinguished alumni award to Elizabeth Dryer, CPA, CGMA, class of 1982. She is vice president, controller and chief accounting officer for Hillenbrand Inc.

Bloomington’s Gospel Gurlz will be the featured musical ensemble.

Judy O’Bannon
Vi Simpson
Vi Simpson

Vi Taliaferro
Vi Taliaferro

George Taliaferro
George Taliaferro

Copyright: HeraldTimesOnline.com 2013

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.