Gillette College Commencement to Include Honorary Degree
Photo courtesy of Gillette College. Dr. Paul Young speaks to graduates at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony.
As students from around the country gather for commencement at Gillette College Friday, May 10, at the Pronghorn Center, an honorary degree will be presented to longtime Gillette resident Patricia Litton.
The Honorary Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture was recommended by President Dr. Paul Young and Vice President of Gillette College Janell Oberlander. The Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees approved it right away.
Litton is a former teacher, rancher, and advocate for education. A 50-year member of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association, she served as the group’s first female president. She’s also a 50-year member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and a 30-year member of the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association. Litton has served on the UW Advisory Board, as director of the Key Bank Corporation Board, and is also a longtime member of the Thunder Basin Homemakers Club. In 2006, Litton was inducted into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame.
“Patricia’s vision and leadership have been invaluable to this institution, our community and Wyoming agriculture,” said Oberlander, in a press release. “Her work will have a lasting positive impact on generations of Gillette College students and on our state.”
Also an ardent supporter of Gillette College, Litton contributed to the Rodeo/Ag complex and was a lead contributor to the recent Gillette College Power Your Future Campaign.
The full commencement ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, and will be streamed live online here.