Gateway Confers Over 2,700 Credentials
Gateway Community & Technical College celebrated our first in-person Commencement ceremony since the Spring of 2019 on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Over 800 students graduated from Gateway’s general education and technical programs - most with multiple industry credentials - at this 21st Commencement instalment in the Truist Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.
Friends and family filled the arena to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. The college conferred Associate Degrees in Arts, Associate Degrees in Science, Applied Science, as well as Technical Diplomas and Certificates. A number of adult students earned their GEDs as well.
Gateway conferred over 2,700 total credentials upon over 800 candidates by the end of the Spring 2022 semester. Roughly 300 students chose to participate in the commencement ceremony.
This year’s graduates include 50 dual-credit high school students, a record-breaking total for the institution. This spring, ten of those 50 students earned both an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science Degree while also completing high school. Their Gateway credits transfer to any four-year school in Kentucky.
The ceremony also honored the 125 students who received their General Equivalency Diplomas (GED) from the Kentucky Department of Education this year.
“Every student who comes to Gateway has a unique path, but what they all have in common is that they wanted more for themselves– they wanted to create a better life for yourself and your families.” said President Dr. Fernando Figueroa. Over 80 percent of Gateway’s alums stay in the region post-graduation.
Elaine Chan was the featured student speaker at the ceremony. Chan, a dual credit student from the Ignite Institute was also a Peer Success Coach during her time at Gateway. Chan graduated with an Associate Degree in Science.