May 3, 2022
Applause, hugs and a sea of smiles filled the Pioneer Gymnasium April 29 as hundreds of graduates crossed the stage at Delta College’s commencement ceremonies.
Faculty, staff and loved ones cheered on the graduates during the special day, which marked the first traditional commencement since the onset of the pandemic. Ceremonies were held at 2pm and 7pm.
Delta College President Dr. Michael Gavin gave remarks, as well as two student speakers. He applauded the graduates for their commitment to their education during a global pandemic.
“This moment represents your perseverance and resilience, as well as your innovative spirit and drive to push forward during stressful and uncertain times,” said Gavin. “Whatever challenges you’ve experienced during your journey at Delta, each and every one of you found the motivation to succeed and continue on. That is something to be proud of.”
Caleb Buda, from Bullock Creek, spoke at the 2pm ceremony. He was on the Delta baseball team and served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He graduated with an associate of arts degree and plans to transfer to Cleary University this fall.
He said Delta became his second family.
“I’ve learned many good lessons during my time at Delta College, but the biggest lesson I learned is this: no one is better than anyone else,” Buda said. “Regardless of our achievements or defeats, regardless of the bragging list or lack of one, we are all equally working to live our best lives.”
Abigail Kolb, the evening ceremony speaker, graduated with high honors and an associate degree in welding technology. She became the first female student at Delta to earn a certification in 5G pipe welding – a challenging feat.
“The support, encouragement and instruction from all of the faculty I had at Delta College not only influenced me, but helped me realize my full potential,” Kolb said. “I have learned that remaining teachable, asking questions, and listening are key factors in my future success.”
Both ceremonies are available to watch on Delta’s Facebook page.
Written by Leah Twilley, communications specialist.
Photos by Matt Brown, multimedia content coordinator, and Luke Goodrow, graphic designer.