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Graduates listen as honorary degrees are conferred during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Ivy Tech Trustee and PHM Schools Superintendent Jerry Thacker looks on as the Clay High School Junior Air Force ROTC presents the colors during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony took place Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered the commencement address, asking graduates to do their part in investing in the local community the way the community has invested in their education. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Ryder Brewer, 5, center, waits to give a rose to his mother Brittany alongside his siblings Mason, 6, and Emily, 2, during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Ivy Tech Chancellor Dr. Thomas Coley addresses graduates during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

A graduate shows off his diploma during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

A graduate waves to friends and family during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered the commencement address, asking graduates to do their part in investing in the local community the way the community has invested in their education. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Anthony Coleman, of Elkhart, looks to the audience during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. Coleman received a degree in criminal justice through Ivy Tech's School of Public and Social Services. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony took place Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered the commencement address, asking graduates to do their part in investing in the local community the way the community has invested in their education. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Violet Hawkins, Dean of Ivy Tech's School of Public and Social Services, prepares to take the stage before Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Stephan Pearson looks to the audience during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. Pearson received his degree in computer information technology through Ivy Tech's School of Business. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Sean Hall prepares to present the colors with members of the Clay High School Junior Air Force ROTC before Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Brittany Brewer is given roses by her two songs Mason, 6, and Ryder, 5, during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. Brewer received her degree in respiratory care through Ivy Tech's School of Health Sciences. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

A graduate looks to the audience during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered the commencement address, asking graduates to do their part in investing in the local community the way the community has invested in their education. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony took place Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered the commencement address, asking graduates to do their part in investing in the local community the way the community has invested in their education. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Ivy Tech Chancellor Dr. Thomas Coley addresses graduates during Ivy Tech North Central Region's commencement ceremony Friday, May 10, 2013, at Notre Dame's Joyce Center. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
846 students graduate from Ivy Tech
Posted on May 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

SOUTH BEND — As Ivy Tech Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary, the class of 2013 on Friday, May 10, celebrated graduation.

Eight-hundred and forty-six students from the college’s North Central Region received degrees and certificates in the ceremony at Notre Dame’s Joyce Center on Friday, May 10.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg delivered the commencement address and congratulated the graduates on their achievements and for making the decision to invest in themselves through education.

“You are here because you chose to invest in yourself,” he said. “There are other things you could have done with that time and money.”

“In a time of brain drain for our areas, you represent brain gain,” Buttigieg told the graduates. “I encourage you to invest as much energy and effort in your next venture as you have in this one.”

Michael Staszewski, president of Ivy Tech’s Student Government Association, said the evening of celebration was the result of his and his classmates’ perseverance.

“You never let your failures define you,” Staszewski said in his address. “You refused to fail and you became a success.”

“Each of you has a story,” said Regional Chancellor Thomas Coley. “Now I encourage you to go out and tell your story.”