Commencement is our Super Bowl

Clichés by definition are phrases overused, and I tend to overuse those about football.

Chuck Noll’s “Whatever it takes” has served as a good framework regardless of the circumstance. As has my high school football team’s motto, “Big team, little me.”

Well, add another: “It’s our Super Bowl.” Yes, Commencement at BC3 is our Super Bowl. It’s the culmination of an academic year with all of the pomp, circumstance and pageantry.

Our operations staff is hard at work preparing our main campus for our unique walk-thru Commencement on Wednesday. I can smell the freshly cut grass and hear the lawnmowers through my office window as I write.

A class of 461 graduates will have the opportunity to participate in a series of mini-ceremonies. Among the graduates are:

  • a 64-year-old;
  • a student receiving one associate degree and two certificates;
  • 23 students receiving two degrees and/or certificates;
  • 8 student-veterans;
  • 7 students receiving reverse-transfer degrees; and
  • 30 percent who are 25 or older.

Like true Pioneers, these graduates have persevered under the most unique circumstances. I pass on my sincere congratulations on behalf of the entire BC3 family.

And a peek at the weather looks promising.

As former Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy once said, “Where else would you rather be than right here, right now?”

See you Wednesday!

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