Versailles, Ky. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) will honor nearly 11,800 candidates, potentially receiving more than 28,800* credentials at graduation this spring. In addition to the spring graduates, many commencement exercises also will recognize students who have graduated since the May 2016 commencement. Many will earn more than one degree, diploma or certificate.

Here is a list of commencement plans, which begin Friday, May 5, all across the state.

Ashland Community and Technical College
May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Paramount Arts Center
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Larry Ferguson, vice president for Resource Development for KCTCS
Graduating Student Speaker: Jonathan "Wes" Hughes
Distinguished Alumni Awards: Dr. Larry Ferguson and Frank Salisbury, retired ACTC director of advancement
753 students (record number), more than 2,000 credentials

Big Sandy Community and Technical College
May 5, 10 a.m., 2 p.m.
7 p.m. Allied Health
Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg
250 students, 750 credentials

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
May 7, 4 p.m.
Frankfort Convention Center
Speaker: Pearse Lyons, president and founder, Alltech, Inc.
1,985 students, 3,679 credentials
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
May 8, 7 p.m.
Central Hardin High School
150 students, 3,285 credentials

Gateway Community and Technical College
May 11, 7 p.m.
BBamp;T Arena, Northern Kentucky University
Speaker: The Honorable Paul E. Patton, former Kentucky governor and University of Pikeville chancellor
1,216 students, 2,326 credentials

Hazard Community and Technical College
May 6, 10 a.m.
Perry County Central High School, John C. Combs Arena
Student speaker: Sarah Callihan
No tickets required
628 students, 1,528 credentials

Henderson Community College
May 5, 7 p.m.
Preston Arts Center
Graduation Speaker: Scott Davis, chairman amp; CEO, Field and Main Bank
Student Speakers: Jami Carlson Allied Health, Samuel Herdegen LAPS, Alice Sweeney STEM
Nursing pinning: Pennae Fuchs
97 students, 353 credentials

Hopkinsville Community College
May 5, 7 p.m.
James E. Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Drive, Hopkinsville
Speaker: James G. Adams, Jr., vice chief regional judge third judicial district, division I and HCC alumnus, class of 1974
811 students, 1,328 credentials

Jefferson Community and Technical College
May 9, 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Northeast Christian Church, 9900 Brownsboro Road, Louisville
Speakers: 5:30 p.m. ceremony: Lisa Felton; 8 p.m. ceremony: Deidra Adams
1,629 students, 3,465 credentials.

Madisonville Community College
May 5, 5:30 p.m., associate in arts, associate in science and Nursing program; 7:30 p.m., associate in applied science and diploma
Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville
Speaker: Dave Jones, head coach at Eternal Endurance (
469 students, 1,300 credentials

Maysville Community and Technical College
Maysville Campus-May 5, 6:30 p.m., Mason County High School
Licking Valley Campus-May 8, 6:30 p.m., Harrison County High School
Rowan/Montgomery Campuses-May 9, 6:30, Morehead Conference Center
865 students, 2,090 credentials

Owensboro Community and Technical College
May 9, 7 p.m.
RiverPark Center, 101 Daviess Street, Owensboro
Speaker: Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson, Watson's Prosthetic amp; Orthotic Lab
834 students, 1,079 credentials

Somerset Community College
May 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Center for Rural Development
Speaker: Martin Hatfield, Pulaski County Attorney and SCC Alum
310 students, 2,112 credentials

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
May 5, 4 p.m., Arts and Humanities and Business; 6:30 p.m. Advanced Manufacturing, Allied Health and Nursing and Mathematics and Sciences
Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC)
601 College Street, Bowling Green
600 students, 1,706 credentials

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
May 5, 6 p.m.
Harlan County High School
Speaker: Dr. Edsel T. Godbey, founding president of former UK Center in Cumberland and the namesake for the Godbey Appalachian Center
Nearly 500 students, 635 credentials

West Kentucky Community and Technical College
May 6, 2 and 5 p.m.
Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center
Keynote speaker: Mayor Brandi Harless, City of Paducah
Over 700 students, 1,234 credentials

*Final numbers could be slightly different.