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Barton to honor graduates Friday
A faculty member and student share a celebratory embrace following the commencement ceremony in 2019.

Barton Community College’s 51st commencement is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 14, in the Barton Gymnasium. The ceremony will be following a shorter format this year, with no official guest speaker. Due to COVID-19, students are only allowed two guests, who must have a ticket to enter the gymnasium. The ceremony will also be live-streamed via

After brief comments from Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman, Vice President of Student Services Angie Maddy will present the 2021 Outstanding Graduate awards to Elvia Alejandra Salazar Beck and Kaitlynn Dyke. 

Vice President of Instruction Elaine Simmons will then present four Distinguished Instructor Awards to Barton Instructors Paulia Bailey representing the College Advantage program and BARTonline, Melissa Hardwick of the Fort Riley Campus, Ann Ingala of the Fort Leavenworth Campus and Maggie Tracy of the Barton County Campus.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mike Johnson and Simmons will confer the degrees. Developmental Education Instructor Abby Howe will present the graduates as Dr. Heilman extends the college’s official congratulations on behalf of the Board of Trustees. 

John Hembree is set to lead both the invocation and benediction. 

For commencement live-stream video and photos, visit