Lake Erie College to celebrate December commencement ceremony


Lake Erie College will celebrate its annual December commencement on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at 2 p.m. in the Helen Rockwell Morley Memorial Music Building.

Of the 73 students graduating this December, there are 34 graduate students and 39 undergraduates.

The graduates will be addressed by Dr. Stephen A. Yachanin, professor of psychology at Lake Erie College, who has been a faculty member since 1982.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Yachanin holds a Ph.D and an M.A. in psychology from Bowling Green State University and a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College. Over his career, he has served the College as director of institutional assessment, chair of major faculty committees and president of the first faculty senate, established in 2009. Notably, he taught as a visiting professor at Landsdowne College in London, England.

Yachanin has received numerous commendations, including the 2001 Excellence in Teaching award and the 2001 Advisor of the Year award. He has served as faculty advisor for the Psychology Club and, for 34 years, the Lake Erie College chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology. General psychology students enjoy his unusual teaching technique, magical illusion. Yachanin has published several such illusions, including “Thought Association Card" and "Triangulation."

He has expertise in scientific and logical reasoning, the history of psychology and academic assessment, having published numerous journal articles concerning these areas. His artistic inclinations led him to author Christmas Eve Sights, a companion poem to Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and to compose several traditional Christmas carols and a symphony.

No admission ticket is required to attend the Lake Erie College commencement ceremony. A free reception honoring the graduates will follow the ceremony in the Arthur S. Holden Center. Please contact for more information.

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