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Celebrate spring 2023 graduates

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 17, 2023

As the 2023 College of Lake County (CLC) spring graduates finish their time at the college and continue their journey, Juliana Zarinana is excited about what lies ahead. 

2023 spring graduates

“It’s bittersweet, getting ready to walk the stage,” Zarinana, who is pursuing a career in cybersecurity, said. “But it's a great feeling to end it in a nice way.” 

Family and friends packed the gym Saturday, May 13 to celebrate the 2023 spring graduating class at CLC. Nearly 400 students participated in the ceremony, and over 1,000 credentials will be awarded. 

Graduate shaking Dr. Suddick's hand

“On behalf of the entire college community, I congratulate you,” CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick said. “With this 2023 spring commencement, CLC has graduated more than 61,000 students.” 

Kaitlin Hart also addressed her fellow graduates before they walked the stage and entered the next chapter of their lives. 

Happy graduate being hugged

“Change is scary, but change is necessary, especially for us at this stage,” Hart said. “We not only have to allow this, but welcome and embrace it fully.” 

Other graduates joined Zarinana in reflecting on their time at CLC. 

Kyle Martinez, who is continuing his education at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, said, “It feels good. I’m going to look back fondly on the community and my time in the classroom.” 

Valeria Peskator, who graduated with an associate in nursing, said, “It’s been a long two years. I love everybody I’ve met in the nursing program, and I’m excited to continue these friendships.” 

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 in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.