~ Press release issued by Lord Fairfax Community College
MIDDLETOWN — LFCC’s Class of 2022 will celebrate commencement this weekend. It comes 50 years after the college’s first commencement in 1972.
This year’s commencement marks the first return to in-person ceremonies since 2019. There were virtual graduations in 2020 and 2021, with last year adding a popular diploma walk. And, this year, commencement is taking place outdoors on the Middletown Campus for the first time in more than a decade.
There are nearly 1,000 members of the Class of 2022. By jurisdiction, they include:
- Frederick County – 228
- Fauquier County – 166
- City of Winchester – 114
- Shenandoah County – 106
- Warren County – 87
- Clarke County – 40
- Page County – 37
- Rappahannock County – 17
To make the event more manageable, a commencement ceremony dedicated to graduates in the health professions is being held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13, with the other graduates having their ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14.
Included among this year’s graduates are 314 dual-enrollment students — those students who were enrolled in LFCC while still in high school. Of those, 241 are Governor’s Scholars who have earned either an associate degree or a certificate in general education. The remaining 73 are receiving career studies certificates.
There will be various celebrations focusing on different groups of graduates throughout the week, including a dual-enrollment ceremony on Thursday, May 12, and a TRIO graduation dinner and reception, also on Thursday. The TRIO program provides wraparound services for students who are first-generation college students, low-income or have a disability.
Following Friday’s commencement for health professions graduates, there will be pinning ceremonies for students graduating from the registered nursing, surgical technology and medical laboratory technology programs.
For more commencement information, visit lfcc.edu/commencement.
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