Record Number of DMACC Grads Set to Cross the Stage
Posted 4/26/2012

Honorary Degrees will be awarded to 101 year-old Lois Bright and the Father of Iowa Community Colleges - Senator Jack Kibbie 
Nearly 1,000 students from DMACC's three metro campuses (Ankeny, Urban Des Moines and West Des Moines) and the Newton Campus have signed up to participate in graduation ceremonies this year, making the class of 2012 the largest group in DMACC's history.

The graduation ceremonies include presentation of an Honorary Degree to Lois Bright.

The 101 year-old Des Moines resident has provided scholarships to DMACC students through The Bright Foundation, an organization she co-founded with her late husband Dale. Ms. Bright advises students to "study hard" because with a good education "you can go anywhere."

Another Honorary Degree will be presented to Senator Jack Kibbie, (D) Emmetsburg. Senator Kibbie is considered the father of Iowa's community college system for his work crafting the plan and legislation that brought Iowa's 15 community colleges into existence. Senator Kibbie started his legislative service in 1961 when he was elected to the Iowa House. He was elected to the Iowa Senate in 1965.

The Honorary Degrees will highlight two outstanding Iowans and recognize their lifelong contributions to the state of Iowa and to the students of DMACC.

WHEN:            7 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012
WHERE:         Wells Fargo Arena, 730 3rd Street, Downtown Des Moines

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