AUGUSTA — A total of 427 students graduated from Kennebec Valley Community College May 16 during the College’s 45th Commencement Exercises at the Augusta Civic Center.

Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, was keynote speaker for the event, which was attended by hundreds of family, friends and fellow students, according to a news release from the college.

“The Kennebec Valley Community College graduating class of 2015 is proof positive that hard work really does pay off,” said King, according to the release. “These impressive students have dedicated themselves to advancing their education while always rising to meet the next challenge. In today’s changing world, there is nothing more valuable than a good education — and thanks to their tireless efforts and the unwavering support of their teachers, friends, and community, these KVCC graduates have the ability to make bright futures for themselves and for the state of Maine.”

Students graduated from programs including Advanced Emergency Care, Applied Electronics and Computer Technology, Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computer Applications Technology, Computer Information Systems, Education, Electrical Lineworker Technology, Electrical Technology, Energy Services and Technology, General Science, Health Information Technology, Liberal Studies, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Mental Health, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Precision Machining Technology, Pulp and Paper Technology, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Sonography and Sustainable Agriculture.

Other speakers at the event included Shawn H. Moody, Trustee Maine Community College System Board of Trustees; Donald Borman, treasurer, Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation Board of Trustees; Keith Sullivan, Medical Assisting Program, KVCC Student of the Year; and Dr. Richard R. Hopper, president, Kennebec Valley Community College.

Awards presented at the event included:

• Bernard A. King Award — Jenny J. White, General Science Program.

• Fred Whitney Award — Christopher Prosser, Electrical Technology Program.

• Aaron Levine Outstanding Student Award — Amanda Collamore, Education Program.

• Distinguished Alumni Award — Paula Beach, Business Administration/Accounting Program, 2003.

• Bernard A. King Award — Brett Giguere, Energy Services and Technology program

• Fred Whitney Award — Charles Feyler, Computer Applications Technology Program

• Aaron Levine Outstanding Student Award — Cory Willey, Electrical Lineworker Technology Program

• Bernard A. King Award — Brett Giguere, Energy Services and Technology Program

• Fred Whitney Award — Charles Feyler, Computer Applications Technology Program

• Aaron Levine Outstanding Student Award — Cory Willey, Electrical Lineworker Technology Program

Learn more about KVCC at kvcc.me.edu.