YC Class of 2011

Senator Greg Adams to deliver commencement address

by Sue Roush

Senator Greg AdamsYork College President Steve Eckman recently announced this year's commencement speaker will be Senator Greg Adams. Senator Adams was raised in York, graduating from York High School in 1970. He attended Wayne State College where he earned both his bachelor’s and his master’s degrees. He began his teaching career at YHS in 1976 where he taught American government and economics for thirty years and served as social studies department chairman for 21 of those years. During his career, he earned numerous awards for his teaching including the Outstanding High School Teacher Award from the University of Kansas in 1987; the Nebraska Outstanding Young Educator Award by the Nebraska Sertoma Club in 1988; and York News Times/York Public Schools Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003. In 2004, he was a finalist for the Teaching Excellence Award by the Nebraska State Education Association.

In 1986 Senator Adams was elected to the York City Council, beginning his political career. During his ten years on the council, he served as both vice president and president. In 1996 he was elected mayor of York, a position which he held until his election to the legislature in 2006. He has served on the executive board of the League of Nebraska Municipalities and in 1997 he was appointed by the governor to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission and completed his second term of service in April 2006.

Senator Adams is currently serving his second term in the legislature and serves as the Chairman of the Education Committee. He also serves on the Revenue Committee, and he represents the legislature on the Midwest Higher Education Commission.

York College will hold its spring commencement exercises at the York City Auditorium on Saturday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m. Sixty-two students are eligible for their diplomas including seniors who will be "hooded" with the appropriate colors for their major.

The Dean's Award will be announced at the conclusion of the commencement address, honoring an outstanding senior graduate. Also, the Dale R. Larsen Teacher of Achievement Award will be presented to an outstanding faculty member who has made significant contributions to York College.

The commencement ceremony is open to the public. The city auditorium is located at 612 Nebraska Avenue in downtown York.


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