Mayor Rick Kaysen, News Editor Ike Fredregill

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Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen lends words of wisdom to Wingspan News Editor Ike Fredregill.

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Posted on April 28, 2014

Mayor to speak
at spring graduation ceremony

More than 400 are expected
to earn degrees, certificates

Cheyenne Mayor Richard Kaysen will be the featured speaker for 2014 Laramie County Community College commencement ceremony.

Graduation festivities will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Storey Gymnasium, 2810 House Ave.

Ty Stockton, LCCC director of public relations, added: “One of the top five finalists, the mayor was chosen from a wish list of speakers that our Student Government Association selects from each year. He is a strong supporter of LCCC, and he is a very entertaining and engaging speaker. I look forward to hearing what he will say.” 

A Cheyenne resident since 1985, Kaysen has been the mayor of Cheyenne since January 2009, according to his biography. He has devoted his time and skills in helping build a better community during the last 28 years.

After graduating from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., with a bachelor of arts in education, Kaysen served in the Vietnam War, U.S. infantry, K-9 scout dog handler.

In 2007, Kaysen completed a 36-year career in the electric and natural gas industries. He held several positions from meter reader in 1971 to president and CEO of Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power in 2002. Customer service was a major focus in his career.

“We are very excited to have him. He has been a great friend to our college and students for many years,” said Judy Hay, LCCC vice president of student services.

Other speakers and special guests include executive director of the Wyoming Community College Commission, Dr. Jim Rose, as well as the LCCC Board of Trustees.

Currently, approximately 420 students are graduating. “That number could go up by a few as some straggler applications might still be out there,” Hay said.

Storey Gym was chosen because it has sufficient space, Hay said. “Our classes are too big now for the Civic Center to hold us without restricting grads to a small handful of guests. This has been a problem for a few years as I understand it, so the graduation committee was tasked last year with finding a place that would work better.”

But the biggest change will be the 10 a.m. start. “The change to a daytime ceremony similarly was made to be more family friendly than the evening one,” Hay said.

LCCC has three other ceremonies planned for the day:

Nursing Pinning is at 1 p.m. in the Laramie County School District No. 1 (LCSD1) auditorium (next door to Storey Gym);

PTAT pinning, 2 p.m. at Lions’ Park Community House;

DMS pinning, 4 p.m. in Health Science, Room 106.

“All of these are events we value greatly and help us celebrate our students’ achievements well,” Hay said.

The main reason for the change of venue is tickets will not be needed, Hay said. “This is a very positive thing for our students and their families,” she added.

Some faculty awards will be presented at the ceremonies as well, according to Dr. Jose Fierro, vice president of academic affairs.  

“This is the very biggest celebration we have all year and is a time the college looks forward to—certainly the reason we all are here!” Hay said.  

Information on preparing for the ceremony is on the commencement webpage.

Mayor Rich Kaysen biography