The ceremony will honor approximately 2,125 students receiving degrees, diplomas or certificates for the 2011-12 academic school year.
BCTC President Dr. Augusta A. Julian will preside over the commencement of graduates. BCTC will also recognize graduates at two new events this year:
The Exceptional Black Graduates recognition program will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at BCTC’s Cooper campus, 470 Cooper Drive in Lexington. This program honors the academic achievements of African American students.
The Graduate Achievement Recognition reception will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the north exhibit hall at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena. At the reception, BCTC’s outstanding program graduates will be recognized for exhibiting strong leadership, exceeding criteria and expectations in their degree programs, and academic excellence.
Stu Silberman will deliver the commencement address at this year’s graduation. Silberman was the superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools from 2004 to 2011. He currently serves as the executive director of the Prichard Committee, a non-profit citizens group established in 1983 that advocates for excellence in education.
This is the first year BCTC will hold its graduation at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena, 4089 Iron Works Parkway in Lexington. Directions to the arena are located at http://bit.ly/gradlocation. Admission is free and open the public. Free parking is available.
Trail riding for fun in Mercer County
Trail riding for fun is available for riders ages 6 to 18 at Eagles Nest Trail Farm on Calvary Lane in Mercer County. Young riders may join their local 4-H horse club and ride 11 a.m. Saturday at Eagle’s Nest. For more information, call (859) 247-2010.
NRA event scheduled
Danville Friends of NRA will host its fifth annual Friends of NRA event May 19 at the American Legion Hall on Spears Lane. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and a catered dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12 and are available at Cooks Collectibles or online at www.friendsofnra.org.
Activities include live and silent auctions, games and a catered dinner. A Charlie Daniels fiddle will be raffled and tickets for the raffle are $20. For more information, call (859) 576-0144.
Danville City Commission — 3 p.m. Thursday for a special meeting to discuss the city manager hiring process and to interview a candidate in executive session.
Danville City Commission — 5:30 p.m. Thursday for a special meeting to allocate funds for fiscal year 2012-13 to community agencies.
Boyle County Board of Education — 7 p.m. Thursday at Boyle County High School for a working session originally scheduled for 6 p.m.
Danville-Boyle County Recreation Commission — 4 p.m. today at the Millennium Park Rotary-Kroger shelter. Items on the agenda include: treasurer’s report; Select Soccer public meeting; budget presentation with City Commission; quarterly meeting with county magistrates; playground program; maintenance department report of air conditioner at the fitness center and steps at the pool/ADA chair; director’s report concerning baseball, opening day, tournament and softball; petitions and requests; and new business concerning disc golf at Jackson Park.
Transportation Advisory Committee — 9 a.m. Thursday at Danville city hall. Items on the agenda include Main Street handicap parking, Bridgette Lester; engineer reports on Lexington and Fifth; traffic model update and other traffic issues, Josh Morgan; trails committe, Ernst Crown-Weber; and new business.
Church Women United — 9:30 a.m. Friday for May Friendship Day at Cumberland Presbyterian Church on West College Street in Harrodsburg. Joint meeting with the Danville and Harrodsburg CWU units. A “least coin” offering will benefit women and children in third-world countries. Everyone is welcome.