LLCC Commencement at BoS Center Has Local Students Leading Ceremonies

By Jeremy Coumbes on May 6, 2024 at 3:14pm

Divina Kluge stands next to one of her art projects. (LLCC provided)

Lincoln Land Community College has announced its 2024 Commencement Ceremony details.

Graduation will be held at 7:30PM Friday, May 17th at the Bank of Springfield Center, located at Convention Center Plaza in downtown Springfield.

Divina Shā Kluge of Springfield, a Pleasant Plains High School graduate, has been selected as commencement speaker. She is earning an associate in applied science degree in integrated media design. She returned to Central Illinois after receiving a bachelor’s degree and her music industry plans fell through due to the pandemic and a lack of jobs. She’ll speak about how LLCC gave her necessary job skills that her career path has required. You can read more here. Kluge is also the weekend news anchor for WTAX 93.9 FM. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in social media marketing.

Alexa Maher and Olivia Marchizza of Auburn are serving as student marshals.

Maher served as president of the Honors Program Student Club and Phi Theta Kappa treasurer. She has a 4.0 GPA and is earning an associate in arts degree with an emphasis in accounting and plans to transfer to University of Illinois-Springfield to continue her education, with the goal of earning a master’s degree and working in forensic accounting.

Marchizza was named a Phi Theta Kappa 2024 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar. She served as Phi Theta Kappa vice president of scholarship and vice president of the Honors Program Student Club. She was also a member of the women’s basketball team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is earning an associate in science degree and plans to continue her education to earn a master’s degree and become an\ occupational or speech therapist.

David Western, embedded software engineer for Lockheed Martin, is being recognized with the 2024 LLCC Honored Alumni Award. After graduating from LLCC, Western earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2019. During that time, he was a member of a spacecraft research team that supported a NASA-sponsored project to build and launch a CubeSat. He then earned a master’s degree in space resources in 2021 from Colorado School of Mines, where he served as a graduate research assistant on a NASA research project to optimize a hypothetical team of satellites collecting data from an asteroid. For the past three years, Western has been developing the flight software for the U.S. Space Force’s early warning missile detection and tracking satellite program. The software controls such functions as the collection of sensor data, firing of thrusters and transmission of data back to ground stations. The first satellite is expected to be launched in 2025.

More information about commencement ceremonies at LLCC can be found at

Ben Cox provided additional reporting.