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Gregg Fore

The 2017 commencement ceremony for Ivy Tech Community College’s north central region will be at 6 p.m. May 11 at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center at the University of Notre Dame. Sue Ellspermann, Ivy Tech’s statewide president, will be the featured speaker.

As reported by the South Bend Tribune, the college will award more than 1,800 degrees and certificates to graduates of the South Bend, Elkhart County and Warsaw campuses while also honoring several individuals, including Gregg Fore, president of Dicor Corp., an Airxcel Co. based in Elkhart, who will receive an honorary degree. 

Fore has supported many Ivy Tech initiatives and has helped to connect the Elkhart County campus with the local workforce, according to the college. 

Other individuals being honored:

• Dan Tyree, who will retire in June as superintendent of Plymouth Community Schools, also will receive an honorary degree. Tyree has been in education for more than 40 years. He helped Ivy Tech create a precision machining program for high school students and adults.

• Harold Richardson will receive the Distinguished Graduate award. The Chicago native spent nearly 17 years in prison for a crime of which he was later exonerated by the Innocence Project, an organization that uses DNA testing to help prove the innocence of those wrongly convicted. While attending Ivy Tech, Richardson was involved with various student-based clubs and organizations and he volunteers with community outreach programs, according to the college. Richardson is graduating with honors with an associate degree in human services.
 
• John P. Warren, tribal council chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus award. Warren, who also is chairman and CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority Board, oversees three Four Winds casinos in Michigan. Prior to federal recognition of the tribe, he worked with the University of Notre Dame Law School to create the first draft application that led to the reaffirmation of the Pokagon Band’s sovereignty in 1994. He was appointed to chair Indiana’s Native American/Indian AffairsCommission in 2014.