Happy graduation day, Ivy Tech Northeast! What are your summertime plans?

The feeling of the end of the semester is an awesome one, whether you’re a student or an employee, like me. There’s something in the air, an expectation, an excitement.

Today, May 9, more than 1,200 students will graduate from Ivy Tech Northeast–more than ever before. That’s pretty incredible. What an accomplishment, and what pride. If you’re reading this on Friday, my coworkers and I are probably at the Memorial Coliseum setting up for graduation. It’ll be hectic, but oh, how important. It’s the entire point of each one of us employed here, ya know?

I asked the campus–students, new graduates, and employees–to share their summertime plans with me and send over a selfie if they had a sec. Whether they’re graduating, taking more classes, going on a memorable vacation (or honeymoon, in at least one instance), or recovering from knee surgery (ouch!), we wish every one of you a summer to remember.

First, let’s start off with a graduate, shall we? (And please share your own summertime plans in the comments.)

Screeton

Screeton

“I feel excited and overwhelmed about my upcoming summer. I will be completing my externship at the VA Medical Center and also looking for my first home. After several great years at Ivy Tech, I will have my associate degree in Health Care Support with three concentrations: in phlebotomy,  emergency medical technician-basic,  and medical office administration by August 2014. I am looking forward to the years ahead of me.

“I will be walking on Friday I am overjoyed and happy this day is finally here. I will try and enjoy every minute and learn from these great opportunities that are placed in front of me.” ~ Amber Screeton, Health Care Support student graduate

“I’ll be traveling to St. Petersburg, Russia, to visit family members. I am looking forward to seeing famous masterpieces at the (State) Hermitage (Museum), exquisite architecture, and the midnight sun! En route back, my daughter and I will visit Dutch friends in Amsterdam. So far our plans there include the Anne Frank home and the Corrie ten Boom watch shop and home, both historical sites from World War II.” ~ Jeannie Johnson, instructor, English for Speakers of Other Languages

Salgado

“My summer plan is to continue educating and going to classes because I needed to complete all of my credits. I know I would need to rest from school, but I prefer to get my priority done and then play. Once I am done with my summer classes, then I am heading to my aunt’s wedding in Chicago! I am one of her bridesmaids!” ~ Cristina Salgado, Early Childhood Education student

“I am traveling to Fallon, Nev., to see my son, daughter-in-law, and 3-year-old grandson. While there, I will get to see Lake Tahoe for the first time in my life. We will also drive to Virginia City to see the ‘old west’ style of living.” ~ Debra Boyer, Office Administration student

Davis

“My summer vacation will be spent babysitting my younger cousins. I don’t see them often. So to have them everyday will be tons of fun!” ~ Mary Davis, General Studies student

“This summer I will be taking four automotive classes and working at Parkview Field as a cashier.” ~ Stephen Stuber, Automotive Technology student

Smith

“My summer plans are to continue along the path toward success by studying and getting my self prepped for the New Venture Competition. I have been looking at all of the posters through out the hallways ever since my first semester. Now that the time has finally arrived for me to take part of this great opportunity, I plan to be as ready as possible.” ~ Chad Smith, Business Administration student

“How I will spend my summer 2014: second knee replacement. Ugh! There is nothing more to say.” ~ Mary Musson, instructor, Early Childhood Education

Payne

“This summer I will be getting married and going on a cruise with my new husband. We’ll be going to the Bahamas for a week.” ~ Lauren Payne, Business Administration student

"My summer plans are to continuing on  in school,  so I can graduate next summer, and working 12-hour weekends at American Senior Communities." ~ Nikki Ellis, Health Care Support student

“My summer plans are to continuing on in school, so I can graduate next summer, and working 12-hour weekends at American Senior Communities.” ~ Nikki Ellis, Health Care Support student

I am going with my mother to Plymouth, England, and then touring Ireland for two weeks in July! My mother and I have been wanting to visit Ireland for many years because it is where a lot of our ancestry comes from. It'll be exciting to go and neither of us can wait!

I am going with my mother to Plymouth, England, and then touring Ireland for two weeks in July! My mother and I have been wanting to visit Ireland for many years because it is where a lot of our ancestry comes from. It’ll be exciting to go and neither of us can wait! ~ Sarah Knotts, General Studies student

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