Tri-C Spring Commencement Celebrates
Success of Nearly 2,200 Graduates
Commencement returns in person for first time since pandemic
Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C®) will celebrate the academic achievements of
nearly 2,200 petitioning graduates during its Spring
Commencement on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.
After holding all commencement ceremonies virtually in 2020 due
to the COVID-19 pandemic, this spring’s ceremonies will be held
in person at Byers Field at Robert M. Boulton Stadium in Parma.
Graduates were honored at a pair of ceremonies scheduled for
noon and 4 p.m.
A virtual recognition ceremony took place at 7 p.m. It will be
available for viewing at
tri-c.edu/commencement and on the College’s Facebook page.
The College has been asked
to confer more than 2,500 associate degrees and certificates of
completion this spring.
The total reflects the College’s commitment to student success
and building a stronger community through education.
The pool of graduates includes more than 200 Phi Theta Kappa
Honor Society members, eight Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
Scholars, 68 from the College Credit Plus program and 21 members
of the first Tri-C Say Yes Scholars program cohort. Say Yes
provides scholarships and wraparound services for eligible
students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
“This year’s class is a testament to the spirit of perseverance
that exists at Tri-C,” said Alex Johnson, president of
the College. “Through all of the challenges they’ve faced in the
past year, our graduates never lost sight of their goals and
dreams, and we are proud to finally be able to recognize them in
person once again.”
The College will also award honorary degrees to Beth E.
Mooney and Timothy L. Tramble Sr.
Mooney served as chairman and CEO of KeyCorp from 2011 until her
retirement in 2020. She has been recognized by Forbes as one of
“The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” and by Fortune as one of
the Top 50 “Most Powerful Women in Business.” She is a past
president of the Federal Advisory Council and serves on the
boards of directors at major organizations including AT&T, Ford
Motor Company and the Cleveland Clinic, where she is board
Tramble has been president and CEO of the Saint Luke’s
Foundation since 2020, overseeing the organization’s work in
advancing health equity throughout Cleveland and Cuyahoga
County. He previously served as a community development at
Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc., where he oversaw
multimillion-dollar real estate development projects in
Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods. Prior to that, he spent five
years in various roles at the Cleveland Department of Public
The student speaker at commencement was Julie Marie Wetzel
of Westfield Township, who is graduating with an Associate of
Arts degree with a focus in art therapy.
Wetzel was involved in many campus organizations and activities
during her time at Tri-C, serving as a Phi Theta Kappa officer,
participating in the Tri-C Art Club and InterVarsity Christian
Fellowship, and serving as president of Tri-C chapter of Circle
K International, a collegiate program of Kiwanis International.
Wetzel is one of many high-achieving students receiving Tri-C
degrees Wednesday. To read more about Wetzel, in addition to
selected other classmates, visit
Due to the College’s ongoing commitment to the health and safety
of students, their families, faculty and staff, each in-person
ceremony will be limited to 300 students and 1,200 guests.
Byers Field at Robert M. Boulton Stadium is located at 7600 Day
Drive in Parma.