PUTNAMVILLE -- The Putnamville Correctional Facility conducted commencement ceremonies for 240 offender graduates of Deer Creek School, Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana State University.
Graduates at the Putnamville Correctional Facility were recognized for successful completion of and excellence in academics and vocational training.
The ceremony commenced with Supt. Stanley Knight giving opening remarks. "This occasion marks an important step in the process of self- rehabilitation and preparedness for re-entry to our communities."
Keynote speaker IDOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon then congratulated offenders on their accomplishments and offered words of encouragement.
"I encourage you not to become complacent with today's accomplishment, but to continue to strive for self improvement," said Lemmon, who concluded his address by thanking staff for their commitment and dedication to education.
Motivational remarks were given by Benjamin F. Young, vice president of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College.
"I know the importance of re-entry and how it can help you find a career after your release. I hope that you take advantage of this opportunity."
Also in attendance were guests Ken Brauchle, dean of extended learning, and Charles Hawkins, assistant director of the College Education Program at Indiana State University, and Kelsey Kaufman, part-time assistant professor of University Studies at DePauw University.