Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Both the Kenai River and Kachemak Bay campuses are busy planning their annual graduation exercises. After years of late night study sessions and cramming for exams, Kenai Peninsula College graduates will don gowns and mortar boards with tassels and proudly walk across stages in front of family and friends to receive degrees, certificates and GED diplomas conferred by the UA Board of Regents.


The Kenai River Campus will hold its 43rd commencement ceremony at 7 p.m., May 9, at Kenai Central High School’s Renée C. Henderson Auditorium.

The Kachemak Bay Campus will celebrate its 31st annual commencement ceremony at 7 p.m., May 8, at Homer High School’s Mariner Theater.

KPC summer semester offers wide variety of courses and programs

Kenai Peninsula College’s upcoming summer semester will offer more than 80 courses with more than 55 of those being offered online, in an E-learning format. Registration is open now and will be available until the first day of classes. A number of courses have already filled and the public is encouraged to not delay in securing remaining seats in popular classes, especially those that meet the general education requirements of most all degree programs. The schedule of classes is available at the KPC homepage at (Searchable Schedule).

In addition to the slate of course offerings, KPC will also be hosting its unique summer programs, the Kenai Fishing Academy and the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. Both programs are very popular, both in state and nationally, with devoted followers and supporters.

The Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference will be held June 14-18 at Lands End Resort in Homer. The keynote speaker this year is Guggenheim and Library of Congress Witter Bynner Fellow, Naomi Shihab Nye. There is a registration discount through May 4. For more information and to register for the conference, visit or call 907-235-7743.

The Kenai Fishing Academy, administered from KPC’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna, teaches fishermen to be better anglers. There are two courses offered each summer. One focuses on bait/spin casting and the other centers on fly fishing techniques. The 2013 bait casting course runs from June 23 through 28 and the fly fishing session is scheduled from Aug. 4-9. Visit the KFA website at for more information or call KFA Coordinator Dave Atcheson at 907-262-0346.

Kenai River Campus preparing for major, historic event in the fall

Although it is still four months away, plans are underway to organize what KPC Director Gary J. Turner is calling the biggest event in the history of KPC’s Kenai River Campus. The milestone that will be marked from 4-7 p.m. on Aug. 15 has been a long time coming.

“That’s the date we have set for ribbon cuttings for the two new buildings, the Career and Technical Education Center and KRC’s Residence Hall, and the annual KRC Fall BBQ. We estimate that more than 600 people will join us to celebrate this historic event. We will cut the ribbon at CTEC at 4 p.m. and snip another ribbon at student housing at 4:30 p.m. After that, tours of both facilities will be available, the BBQ will be served, and musical entertainment will begin,” said Turner.


This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.


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