Posted at 1 p.m. April 25, 2017

Griego retires with commencement speech

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Jeri Griego helped create the Pantry to feed LCCC students.

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This year’s commencement celebrates both LCCC graduates and the retirement of the alumna commencement speaker.

Jeri Griego, accounting and business instructor, will be giving the commencement speech at graduation on May 13.

Griego’s speech carries extra meaning as it coincides with her retirement. Griego said this is an amazing opportunity and a great way to end her career at LCCC. Griego has been at the college since she was an adjunct instructor in the fall of 1987 and a full-time instructor in 1996.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Judy Hay said the process for choosing a commencement speaker is mainly between the Student Government Association and the President’s cabinet. However, Hay said the final decision lies

with the president. Although Griego is retiring, Hay said that wasn’t why she was chosen.

“It’s really all the things she has done in service to the students in the college and community,” Hay said.

Griego was born and raised in Cheyenne, where she attended East High School. She received an associate degree in business administration at Laramie County Community College before moving on to get her bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Wyoming.

Griego worked for several years in banking and business administration, which she said helped her get the job at LCCC. She mainly teaches business administration, business communication, personal finances and introduction to business. On top of the classes Griego teaches, she gets involved on campus outside of the classroom.

Griego said she enjoyed the opportunity to connect with students outside of class. Griego was involved in a couple groups on campus, including the Pantry and the Rotaract club. Griego said the Pantry was started in 2011-2012. The Pantry was started after Trio took a survey and found that students on campus were hungry. She said she worked to start the Pantry because helping is her passion, especially helping hungry students.

Griego said she is still working on her speech, and that she wants to talk about her experience at LCCC and how she hopes the graduates’ experiences were as well. She also said it was a great honor to be trusted with this and be able to leave her career this way.


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The Pantry is open to help with students' food or hygiene needs