Gov. Mark Gordon will address Laramie County Community College graduates at the annual commencement ceremony, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at Storey Gym.
Gordon was elected as the 33rd governor of Wyoming in November and was sworn into office in January. He hails from Johnson County.
In order for a speaker to be chosen for this event, a list of names are generated before they are sent to LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer, according to LCCC Registrar Stacy Maestas. Schaffer will then make the final decision on who he wants the speaker to be and then reach out to that person.
According to Maestas, this year’s speaker is a little more unique than usual.
“This year, we had the great opportunity of having the governor, and that kind of came about out of mutual respect and interest and there were conversations between the governor and Dr. Schaffer,” Maestas said. “We were fortunate enough to get him to be our commencement speaker in his first year as governor.”
Maestas said Gordon is highly supportive of community colleges throughout the state of Wyoming, as well as education as a whole.
At this time last year, LCCC decided to go in a different route in that they chose to have a student speaker for commencement
“Last year, we did a little experiment in having a student speaker as our commencement speaker, and we had students try out and compete for it and it was really well received,” Maestas said.
The goal for this speech is to reach out to students about utilizing their education to the maximum potential.
“Governor Gordon is hoping that they will recognize individually the importance of their education and collectively their future and how they can contribute to the state and the region,” Maestas said.
College officials are encouraging students and faculty, as well as friends and family, to show up early for the event.