Independence, Kansas, May 2, 2018 – Independence Community College (ICC) has announced that Kansas Governor, Jeff Colyer, M.D. will be the featured speaker at the college’s 93rd commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 5 at Memorial Hall in Independence, Kansas.
Colyer was sworn in as the 47th Governor of Kansas on January 31, 2018. Dr. Colyer is a fifth generation Kansan from Hays, who also served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush in international affairs.
“We’re honored to have the Governor address our graduates and the Independence community. Commencement is always an important ceremony, and the Governor’s presence will make it even more impactful for the attendees,” said Dan Barwick, college president.
According to the Governor’s website, Dr. Colyer earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in international relations from Cambridge University, and a medical doctorate from University of Kansas, School of Medicine. As a craniofacial/plastic surgeon he is passionate about reconstructing complex skull and facial deformities in children.
Elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006 and the Kansas Senate in 2008, Dr. Colyer has been a leader on fiscally responsible budgeting, healthcare policy, and protecting the sanctity of life.
The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will also recognize Julia Terenjuk as the Outstanding Alumna. Terenjuk is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Creative Capsule, a software development company with offices in Overland Park, Kansas and Goa, India.
ICC Commencement ceremony is free and open to the public. Seating at the ceremony will be limited.