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Westmoreland College dropping graduation application fee

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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Westmoreland County Community College students will no longer have to pay a commencement fee to apply for graduation.

The school's trustees approved eliminating the fee of $20 for associate degree graduates and $15 for certificate graduates at their monthly meeting Wednesday.

Officials said some students who meet the requirements for graduation don't apply because they cannot pay the fee.

Trustees raised the admission application fee from $15 to $25 effective July 1. The fee will help the college cover the cost of eliminating the graduation fee and the cost of expanded online recruitment, placement testing and orientation for new students.

WCCC President Daniel Obara said commencement will be held 6 p.m. May 9 in Founders Hall on the Youngwood campus. Mary Catherine Motchar, president of Arbor Industrial Supplies and a member of the WCCC Educational Foundation board of directors, will deliver the keynote address.

In other business, trustees approved the purchase of a 2013 Honda Accord Sedan EX for $25,515 from Smail Honda Village as the new vehicle for the college. The Accord will replace the college's 2006 Ford Taurus.

Trustees also signed off on an emergency alert system that will enable college officials to send emails, text messages and voice alerts to the college community and to digital signs and emergency alert boxes.

The $15,660 three-year agreement with Dell Computer will be effective April 1.

Kari Andren is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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