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KCKCC graduation slated for May 26

May 14, 2010

More than 600 of the 800-plus candidates qualified for degrees or certificates are expected for the graduation ceremonies at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Reggie Robinson, president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, will address the 2010 graduates in the air-conditioned Field House on the KCKCC campus at 7250 State Ave.

The ceremonies will be preceded by an hour-long jazz concert starting at 7 p.m. that will feature some of Kansas City’s top jazz artists, including vocalists Millie Edwards and Gabe Harris, Jim Mair on saxophone, Everett DeVan on the Hammond D3 organ, Monte Muza on guitar and Jurgen Welde on drums. The group will also play the traditional processional and recessional.

Degrees will be conferred by KCKCC president Thomas Burke and Ray Daniels, chairman of the college’s board of trustees.

Robinson is in his eighth year as president and CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents, which governs the state’s six universities along with Kansas’ 19 community colleges, 10 technical school and a municipal university. For four years prior to his appointment as CEO, he served jointly as chief of staff to Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway and a visiting associate professor in the KU School of Law.

Robinson also served as an associate professor of law at KU from 1988-93 and then returned to KU in 1998 after five years with the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Robinson to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, where he served for two years as the commission’s youngest member. While with the Department of Justice, he served as a special assistant to Attorney General Janet Reno.

Robinson also served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Justice Programs and deputy associate attorney general of the U.S., where he was a key adviser on environmental, civil rights and justice programs. Robinson earned his undergraduate and law degrees from KU, where he was student body vice president, president of the Kansas Union board of directors and editor in chief of the Kansas Law Review.

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