Cornell College conferred degrees on 216 students during its annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13, 2018, including Caitlin Kruckenberg of Garrison.

After years of studying and lots of memories with classmates and faculty members, the Class of 2018 gathered in the Richard and Norma Small Multi-Sport Center for an indoor ceremony.

Caitlin Stieber, a graduating senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan, gave the student address. She focused on the power of the 18-day block plan.

“Many of us have had academic experiences and successes that we could not even have dreamed of in high school,” Stieber said. “We have learned subjects that have led us to our passions and what we plan to pursue in the future. Through our hard work and dedication, we have been able to accomplish things that most undergraduates can only dream about.”

Cornell College’s picturesque campus is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. One of the “Colleges That Change Lives,” Cornell College is a national liberal arts college with a distinctive One Course At A Time curriculum. Students take one class for 18 days, which provides students the chance to dive into their studies and focus more intensely on the classes of their choice. Cornellians learn with the unique freedom to shed the confines of the traditional classroom-studying off-campus, pursuing research, or accepting an internship-all without missing out on other classes.

With a student body from 42 states and 17 foreign countries, and renowned visiting speakers, faculty, and entertainers, Cornell offers the world from its hilltop campus.