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CLC celebrates 2022 graduates

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 20, 2022

Student smiling after graduating

Graduation day is one of the biggest moments in many people’s lives, including Carmen Munoz-Aboytes, a first-generation graduate and one of nearly 300 to participate in College of Lake County’s (CLC) 2022 graduation ceremony. Over 3,000 CLC students graduated with a degree or certificate.

“I was really excited because I’m the first one in my family to graduate from college,” Munoz-Aboytes said. “It was an emotional day for my parents and me.”

Photo of a graduate after walking the stage and leaving the gym

Munoz-Aboytes graduated with an associate in applied science in medical imaging, and she plans on continuing her education. 

Students celebrating graduation dayCLC graduates and their family and friends parked their cars in rows, drive-in movie theater style to watch speeches by college administrators, faculty, staff and fellow graduates on a big screen for the second year in a row. The celebration continued to the gym where students walked the stage and received their diplomas.

Photo of a graduate“Commencement is one of the most important days we celebrate as an educational institution,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick to the graduates. “We not only recognize your academic achievements and your personal victories, we also recognize the resilience, flexibility and grace you displayed in order to reach your academic goals.”

Student at graduationKimberly Williams, who graduated with a legal studies degree, said, “CLC held an amazing graduation. Everyone at the college was really engaged and very proud of the students. It made me excited to continue my education."

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.