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Barton Community College honors graduates at Fort Riley
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Barton Fort Riley graduates mingle as excitement mounts prior to the Fort Riley commencement ceremony Thursday afternoon. - photo by Photos courtesy of BCC

Barton Community College at Fort Riley celebrated the graduation of more than 242 students on Thursday at Riley’s Conference Center. Of those graduating, more than 100 chose to walk. The ceremony was in conjunction with other schools who are members of the consortium in the Fort Riley Education Center.

Graduates and their friends and families gathered in the conference center and heard from commencement speaker Col. Andrew Cole Jr.

Cole said he was proud of what the graduates accomplished, asking a large crowd to give them a round of applause. He then turned the tables and asked the graduates to applaud their friends and family members who supported them through the process.

Earlier in the day, Barton also held an Honors Ceremony for students in the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Fraternity, which recognizes non-traditional students who maintain a 3.5 GPA and have completed at least 24 credit-hours.  They also honored members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which recognizes students that carry a 3.5 GPA and are enrolled in at least 12 credit-hours.