Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette announced today that Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz will give the keynote address at the college’s commencement ceremony to be held Sunday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the Purdue University’s Elliott Hall of Music in West Lafayette.
Ritz was born in Lafayette, Indiana and graduated from Jefferson High School. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in library science from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has been an educator since 1978 and previously served as a library media specialist at Crooked Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis. She is a National Board Certified Teacher with licenses to teach K-12 in the areas of special education, general education and library science. She was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana in 2012.
Her accomplishments include Teacher of the Year honors at two different schools in Indianapolis, and is a Golden Apple Award recipient. She guided her school to develop a strong literacy program that led to recognition as a Blue Ribbon School and Indiana 4-Star School. She also helped establish teacher exchanges between schools in China and Crooked Creek Elementary. She was President of the Washington Township Education Association for fifteen years prior to her election.
About Ivy Tech
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities. In addition, its courses and programs transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.