I woke up at 9:33 am. I ate four chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. This is Day One of summer vacation.
The commencement ceremony was last night. Last year, I had a discussion with a friend about community college students. From his experience with friends who have attended community colleges, his perception of the typical student was, um, slackers who didn't really have a focus in life. Whereas that does represent some community college students (and more than a few university students, I might add), I thought it would be interesting to share some of the statistics of those graduating this semester at my institution. There is a bias here, as many students never file for graduation but rather just transfer, but the statistics are not atypical for the general population of students.
Youngest graduate = 17 years old
Oldest graduate = 61 years old
Percentage of associates degrees awarded to females = 60%
Age group with the most students graduating = 35+,
Average age of graduates = 29
Number of students who stand when asked who is the first in their family to be awarded a college degree = over 50%
Number of photos taken by a fellow faculty member of a young student who had no family members present because they do not believe that females need an education = as many as could fill up the memory card to document this amazing accomplishment
Plus one hug from a very happy student for this very content professor