ANDERSON — Jaymee Little admits that graduating tonight from Ivy Tech Community Community College will be a bittersweet experience.
“I’ve been looking forward to it, but I’m sad it’s coming to an end,” the Anderson woman said of her experiences at Ivy Tech. She will be awarded an associate of science degree in social and behavioral science.
In addition, Little has been named the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences outstanding student achievement winner.
Little was nominated for the honor by Latishia Smith, her psychology professor and mentor.
“I didn’t know she had nominated me,” said Little who enrolled at Ivy Tech’s Anderson campus in 2011 with the goal of becoming a child and adolescent psychologist. “I didn’t even know there was such an award and I was truly honored by that.”
Little said Smith “never stopped supporting and believing in me.”
In the fall, Little will attend Ball State University, and later plans to earn master’s and doctorate degrees and open a private practice in Washington state.
“I decided I really wanted to make a difference in life. If you want to create a better society you need to start with the children of tomorrow,” she added.
Ivy Tech’s East Central region will award 1,466 degrees and certificates at 46th graduation ceremony at Muncie’s Emens Auditorium tonight. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
In addition, the college will award three associate of science degrees in college and community service. Robert and Linda Loose, Anderson residents and the owners of Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, will be recognized for their contributions to education and economic development.
Leland Boren, an Anderson High School graduate, philanthropist, and chairman, president and CEO of Avis Industrial in Upland, will also be honored for contributions to education and economic development.
The commencement address will be given by Lola Olaosebikan, a best-selling author, consultant and advocate for orphan care initiatives in India, Uganda, Congo, Haiti, United Arab emirates, Nigeria and Mexico.
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