South Central College Graduation Ceremony May 12


Keynote to be delivered by Dr. Heather Wathington


(April 12, 2016) - South Central College’s Spring Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. at Bresnan Arena in Taylor Center on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Complete information is available at

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Dr. Heather Wathington, chief executive officer of the Maya Angelou Schools and the See Forever Foundation and former assistant professor of education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Wathington’s academic work focuses on the achievement of low-income students and students of color in postsecondary education. 

“Overcoming the achievement gap in our schools and workplaces has become a major focus in our state and country,” says Dr. Annette Parker, president of South Central College. “As a community and technical college that serves a variety of individuals, South Central College plays a critical role in this effort, and Dr. Wathington’s expertise and insight in this area make her the ideal commencement speaker for our college this year.”  

Wathington’s research spans the areas of college access, matriculation and persistence into higher education as well as postgraduate study and research training.  Her research has been supported by more than $2.1 million in grants from the Institute for Education Sciences, the Houston Endowment, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.