CARSON CITY - For the fourth consecutive year, Western Nevada College will graduate its largest class in history.

The class of 2013 is 505 students strong, with 530 degrees and certificates being issued. Four students will receive Bachelor of Technology degrees in construction management, and three students will graduate with bachelor's degrees as part of WNC's teacher preparation partnership with Nevada State College. The graduates span 60 years, from the youngest at age 17 and the eldest at 77.

Among those graduating, Lovelock residents Nathan L. Axelson and Michael George Butwinick will receive a Certificate of Achievement - Business.

Commencement ceremonies are Monday, May 20, at 11 a.m. in Carson City at the Pony Express Pavilion, 888 N. Saliman Road, and Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., in Fallon at the Barkley Theatre at Oats Park Art Center, 151 Park St.

Nursing graduates will participate in a Pinning Ceremony on Monday, May 20, at 3 p.m., at the Carson Nugget.

The college will also host its first Multi-Faith Baccalaureate Service this year, for the 2013 graduating class. It will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 20, at the Carson City Community Center, 851 East William St.

Representatives of many local faith communities will be present to offer blessings for the graduates.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Carson City residents Dorothy and Robert Ramsdell. Since the late 1990s, the couple has contributed significant time, effort and funds to enhance the education that students at Western Nevada College receive.

Their generosity has provided many student scholarships, equipment for the college's registered nursing program, the reconstruction of the Child Development Center playground, and the continued growth of the Jack C. Davis Observatory.

The couple has also sponsored the WNC softball program, and helped support the heralded "Always Lost: A Meditation on War" multimedia exhibition about the costs of war.