Mohave Community College proudly saluted more than 300 graduates during the 45th annual Commencement Ceremony held on May 13 at the Mojave Crossing Event Arena in Ft. Mohave.
The ceremony began at 3 p.m. and celebrated the determination of the graduates to never stop believing and urged students to continue to dream big.
“This is a milestone that launches critical perspective and sheds new light on your ability to accomplish your ultimate goals,” noted MCC Board of Governors President, Phyllis M. Smith.
For the Class of 2016, MCC awarded 435 associate degrees in associate of applied science degrees, and degrees in art, business, or science and 303 certificates of proficiency to 552 graduates. Certificates can be completed in less time than a degree and are a stepping-stone to employment or an associate degree. MCC also honored 102 General Education Development (GED) graduates during the ceremony.
“We’re incredibly proud of our graduates and the commitment they made to improve their lives and our County through education,” said MCC President Dr. Michael Kearns. “MCC commends them on their accomplishments and we’re incredibly proud to have been part of their journey toward a degree or certificate. Commencement is always a rewarding experience in that you get to see students succeed with what some thought wasn’t possible.”
More than 1,500 attendees applauded students who graduated with honors and high school students who graduated with associate degrees from MCC before earning their high school diplomas. Graduates were present from all four of MCC’s campuses in Bullhead City, Colorado City, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City.
MCC President Dr. Michael Kearns chose Associate Dean of Business, Camille Holden as the ceremony’s Macebearer. As a college commencement ceremony tradition, the Macebearer leads the president into the ceremony as a symbol of protection of the president and the institution. “Camille has been an integral part of the college for more than half of its existence,” said Dr. Michael Kearns.
MCC presented the Ellen Licari Service to Students award to a member of the college community who has achieved success in providing services and mentoring MCC students. Michelle Martin, an Enrollment Services Operational Specialist on the Bullhead City campus, received the award for her dedication and passion for students’ education.
Technical Sergeant Audrey Cornejo had the honor of guest speaker at the commencement event. Audrey entered basic training in April 2003 and applied her 30-plus credits she earned at MCC as a high school student toward obtaining her associates in Explosive Ordnance.
Audrey is a member of the Explosive Ordance Disposal and has been awarded two Army Commendations, three Air Force Commendations, a Combat Action Medal and the Purple Heart.
During her address, Audrey urged the graduates to never stop looking for that next step, “Don’t hold yourself back from what you can do. Opportunities are there, see where they can take you.”
For more information about MCC, go to www.mohave.edu or call (866) 664-2832