Kilgore College awarded 251 degrees and certificates to students at its annual summer graduation ceremony Aug. 11 in Dodson Auditorium on the Kilgore campus.
In lieu of a graduation speaker, KC presented the inaugural Blue Ribbon Medal of Excellence for Student Success. The recipient of the first award was Eastman Chemical Company.
The award is presented at graduation ceremonies to celebrate and honor the partnerships formed between the college and community members or businesses dedicated to the furtherance of KC’s mission.
Taking from pride in KC’s school colors, the award features a blue ribbon and a silver medallion to symbolize the important ties and generous contributions KC’s community partners provide to ensure student success.
Eastman was chosen for the award because of its distinguished 10-year partnership in the development and advancement of the Process Technology and Industrial Maintenance Technology programs at KC.
Additionally, Eastman’s partnership and generosity has enabled the creation of KC’s newest workforce development program in robotics, Instrumentation and Electrical Technology, which will begin this semester.