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College of Lake County:  2018 Commencement – Afternoon Ceremony

College of Lake County: 2018 Commencement – Afternoon Ceremony

DR. SUDDICK: Good Afternoon It is my pleasure to welcome all
of our graduates Their families and friends,
college faculty and staff Board of Trustees, the stage
party, and other honored guests to celebrate the 49th Annual
Commencement ceremony of the College of Lake County. At this time, please stand for
the National Anthem. I would like to invite Briana
Engstrom to come forward. Oh, say, can you see, by the
dawn’s early light What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air Gave proof thro’ the night that
our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? (applause). DR. SUDDICK: Thank you, Briana.
Please be seated. Commencement is one of the most
important days we celebrate as an educational institution. This
day is dedicated to recognizing the academic achievement of The graduates, and I am excited
to join the college community in celebrating this happy occasion. I would like to begin today’s
ceremony, by first introducing members of the stage party. The
Board of Trustees to vied leadership and direction to the
College of Lake County. They dedicate their time and
expertise to ensure a high- high-quality, learning
environment and the advancement of student success. Trustees,
please stand as I announce your name so we may recognize your
dedication to CLC. Please hold your applause until all have
been introduced. Chair of the
board, Richard Anderson .
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Catherine Finger
Trustee, Barbara Oilschlager Trustee, Amanda Howland
Trustee, Julie Shroka Thank you
for your service and contributions. Also seated are honored guests
who deserve recognition for their contributions to CLC.
Each will stand as announced and again please hold your applause
until all have been introduced. And Representing the Alumni
Board of Directors Mr. Sam Valenti
Interim Vice President of Educational Affairs, Dr. Ali
O’Brien And Communications Instructor
and Faculty Senate Chair, Lynn Harper CLC Instructor and CLC’s 2018
Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award Recipient, Teal Mercaeant 2017-2018
Student Government Association President, Corryn Smith Thank you for your service and
contributions. (applause). Finally we’ll extend our warm
welcome to the 2018 graduation speak er, Dr. DeRionne Pollard President of
Montgomery College. Graduates, Commencement is a day
of celebration. It is an important recognition of your
hard work, your persistence, and the sacrifices you have made to
accomplish your degree. You have climbed the mountain, demonstrated courage, and
through this journey you have opened doors to a very bright
future. Commencement also is a day of
celebration for those who have been with you through this
journey. Your achievement today is shared by your family and
friends. Your success is evidence of their love, support,
and belief in you. Your achievement is also a proud
moment for those who have invested their time, knowledge,
talent, and energy to help you develop intellectually and
personally. The faculty and staff of CLC are deeply
committed to your success. Their work has prepared you to engage
in and contribute to our diverse and global society.
On behalf of the entire college community, I extend my
congratulations and wish you the very best as you move forward in
the next chapter of your life. Know that your CLC community is
always here for you and we look forward to hearing from you in
the future. Well done, College of Lake
County, Class of 2018. (applause) At this time, I would like to
invite Board Chair, Mr. Richard Anderson to offer a brief
message from the Board of Trustees. Mr. Anderson: Thank you. I did
threaten to go off script. I better stay on script.
On behalf of the College of Lake County Board of Trustees
I am delighted to extend our congratulations
To each of you. Commencement is a gratifying
moment For CLC trustees, as it
demonstrates the impact Of our mission: to provide high
quality learning opportunities to advance student success.
Today the college has helped 1,841 graduates achieve their dream of earning a degree or a
certificate. And, more than 550 of these graduates are
participating in one of today’s commencement ceremonies – a
record number for CLC. And by completing your degree
(or certificate) You are assuring yourself a
better future. It should be comforting to
realize that your degree or certificate
Demonstrates that you possess both academic and life
skills-needed to transition into gainful employment, or advance
your higher education credentials. Sitting where you
are sitting right now was some place I sat a number of years
ago. Yes, I’m a graduate of CLC CLC. I was thinking about all
of the different jobs I’ve had since being on the Board of
Trustees. I used to be a bartender, a disc jockey, a
research technician, and now I’m an attorney. So I know what it
is like to try to put yourself through college and have a
family at home and have people demanding your time when you
have to study. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we
congratulate you on your achievement today. Thank you.
Dr. Suddick: Thank you, Chair Anderson.
Continuing with our program, I would like to invite Corryn
Smith, CLC’s 2017-2018 Student Government Association
President, to deliver greetings on behalf of the students. CORRYN: Hello Everyone! Never would I have imagined
myself being up here speaking in front of you, but CLC s
opportunities have made it happen. Just like I m sure
many of you feel, my time at CLC flew by faster than I could
imagine. It must feel so encouraging to have put on that
cap and gown this morning, a symbol of completing one chapter
and moving on to the next – whether that next be another
university, the workforce, or time for yourself or your
family. Regardless, you should all feel proud to be here right
now. I d like to take this time to extend so many thanks to the
many people who got us where we are today, starting with some of
my own personal thank you s. During my two years at CLC, I
was lucky enough to be in the Honors Scholars program both
years, which also gave me a job in the amazing childcare we have
here on campus. Thank you to Nick and James for heading such
an awesome program, and to Sandy and all my coworkers in the
preschool who provided me such valuable experiences. I worked
hard multitasking as a student-athlete as well – thank
you to all of our staff and coaches in the gym and athletics
area for giving us a space to continue our passions. I also became President of the Student
Government Association and Vice President of the Phi Theta Kappa
Honors Society – thank you to all the individuals that
encouraged me to step into these positions, and to those who lead
such honorable organizations here at the college. The support
I have received from the people running these organizations is
undescribable. And lastly, thank you to my family and closest
friends for the never ending support for me. Like many of
you, I couldn t have done this all without my support system.
Just like me, I m sure many of you have thanks to give. CLC has
given us support to help us succeed in so many ways – thank
you to all the CLC tutors, staff, professors and
administrators who have encouraged our academic
growth.To the advisors, counselors, and One-stop Center,
Women s Center and CLC Foundation members who have
supported us financially and emotionally as we pursue our own
goals. And, thank you to all the individuals that keep CLC
running behind the scenes who often go unnoticed – the
librarians, chefs, groundskeepers, custodial staff,
technicians, and facility maintenance crews. It is these
hardworking individuals who ensure CLC is a safe and
welcoming environment for all. Succeeding at CLC also takes
personal commitment to grow and achieve beyond the support of
all these amazing people. Because of that, thank you, and
congratulations, to all of you who have persevered in school
regardless of outside commitments and responsibilities
or hardships that seem to detour the journey. Many of us hold
part-time or full-time jobs, go home to our own families, play
sports or have other obligations outside of our academic lives,
and it can be difficult to do it all. But – your many hours
studying, going to class, meeting with professors in
office hours, and I m sure, feeling stressed out every once
in a while (I speak from experience) have paid off. You
deserve this degree and are onto bigger and better things.
I admire each of you for working hard and for deciding to pursue
a higher education. We are all diverse in our stories and
experiences, and CLC accepts that diversity with open arms.
So, I am proud to have spent this time with all of you at
CLC, whether we met or not. Remember to give thanks for
those who have supported you, and remember to pat yourself on
the back, too. Congratulations class of 2018 –
and best of luck to all of you in the future! You did it! (applause).>>Thank you. We wish you the
best of success at Amherst College.
Now I am pleased to introduce Teal Mercaeant, who was selected
by the students as the CLC 2018 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty
Award Recipient. Prof. Mercaeant has taught
Sociology and Gender and Sexuality Studies at CLC since
2011. Her teaching style is guided by the necessity for
flexibility within structure, the importance of interaction
between all members of the classroom, and the belief that
all students can do well if provided with multiple and varied opportunities to perform
at their best. She encourages students to speak up, work with
each other, and apply concepts of sociology to their own lives. She begins each semester establishing ground rules about
respect for one another and recognition of diverse
viewpoints and experiences as an integral part of learning and
growing as individuals. Outside of the classroom, Prof.
Mercaeant assists with Safe Zone training for CLC employees and
students, serves on the Instruction and Faculty
Development Committee of the Diversity Council, and is the
Vice Chair of CLC’s newly established LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. She is also a
board member of the Illinois Political Science Association. Prof. Mercaeant holds a BS in
Behavioral and Social Sciences, with a concentration in
Sociology and minors in Psychology and Womens’ Studies,
from Indiana University East, and an MA in Sociology from Ball
State University in Indiana. I am pleased to present CLC’s
2018 Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award Recipient, Teal
Mercaeant (applause). MRS. MERCAEANT: Let me start by
saying, congratulations to all of you! You made it! We are very
proud of you. I’m going to say more of my scripted speech. I
want to say that again. We are proud and you should be proud.
I’m honored to be a teacher here at college of Lake County. Work
Working with you is one of the most rewarding thingses I’ve
ever done. I know how much of a difference college has made in
your lives. I know that getting to this way hasn’t been easy for
you. You’ve all worked so hard to be here today. You juggle
the demands of jobs, familyies, and friends. Some of you who
held a crying baby in your arms while studying for an examine.
Or come to class on no sleep, because you work third shift the
night before. Some of you come out during your time here at CLC
CLC. We thank you for your bravery and support you in that.
Some of you are learning English as a second, third, or fourth
language while taking classes in English which let me tell you is
incredibly impressive. English is a difficult language to learn
especially as an adult. Kudos to all of you for doing that.
You’ve all had your ups and down downs during your time here.
Some of you have experienceed loss, diversion, illness, carbs
carbses, or deaths of family members or friends. Some of you
have wed or changeed home s. You’ve gone through some major
life changes. You’ve sometimes been distracted by life outside
of school. You’ve even fallen down now and then, but most
importantly, you got back up and continued to pursue your dreams.
You should be proud of yourselves. All of you. I know
that I am very proud of each and every one of you. Be proud that
you didn’t give up. Someday, you will inspire someone else
because you persevered. I know your struggles, I’ve had
them too. You see, I dropped out of high school in the tenth
grade. I could have easily given up then. But since the sixth
grade, I knew I wanted to go to college. I wasn’t ready for
middle school, but I was ready for college. So, I got my GED
and started college. Like some of you I am a first generation
college student. I am the first person in my family to attend
college and graduate. There was no one there to help me fill out
my FAFSA forms, because no one else had filled one out either.
But I managed to muddle through the paperwork, took my placement
tests, enrolled in classes, and then spent the next seven years
working towards my Bachelor’s degree while I worked as a
waitress on night shift. I then went on to get my Master’s
degree. It was worth every bit of struggle I had to go through
to get to the day I got to walk across the stage as all of you
are doing today. Eventually it led to a career that I love –
teaching. And, I know that all of you are heading toward your
dreams, as well. Let me say again, I know that
getting here hasn’t been easy. Many of you struggled not only
with external conflicts, but with internal conflicts as well
– self-doubt, worry, and stress. Lots and lots of stress. Some of you have dealt with the burden
of perfectionism and fear of failure. Some of you worried
that you weren’t doing it “right”, that others seemed to
have an easier time (some did, but many didn’t), or that who you were was somehow too “messy”
to manage it all. But you pushed through anyway, and look at how
far you have come. Brene Brown says that “the
willingness to show up changes us, it makes us braver each
time”. You showing up, despite all of your fears and all of
your worries changed you, one day at a time, one class at
time. And even when you made mistakes, you learned from those
as well. Neil Gaiman argues that, instead of fearing
mistakes, we should welcome them, for they can actually
transform our lives for the better. He encourages all of us
to “make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make
glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break some rules. Leave the
world more interesting for you being here.” He’s right. Give yourself permission to make
mistakes, give yourself permission to fail, because that
also means you have given yourself permission to start, to try, to change your life, and,
ultimately, to make a difference in the world. So many people
dream of going to college, but fear they cannot achieve it and
so they don’t even try. We tried! We succeeded!
Today, be proud of yourself. Learn to love yourself and your
life with all of its imperfections. Learn to love
your “mess” and see your own worth. Be willing to make
mistakes along the way as you try something new. Remember that
all of the different parts of you make up the amazing person
that you are. Honor your whole self today.
And, as you go forward in life, don’t make yourself small. Don’t
hold yourself back out of fear. You were born to shine. Don’t
hide your light! Because, someday, your light will shine
the way for other to follow in your footsteps. You are
someone’s role model today. Or you will be some time in the future. Be you! Be brilliant!
And shine on! Thank you. DR. SUDDICK: Thank you,
Professor Mercaeant. I would now like to ask Trustee,
Barbara Oilschlager, to introduce our 2018 Commencement
Speaker, Dr. DeRionne Pollard. BARBARA: It is indeed an honor
and a pleasure for me to introduce to you our 2018
Commencement speaker, Dr. DeRionne Pollard. Let me tell you a little bit
about Dr. Pollard and why she is so special to College of Lake
County. She currently serves as
president of Montgomery College in Maryland, and previous to
that she served as president of Las Positas College in
Livermore, California. While at Montgomery College, she spearheaded the development of a
new mission and strategic plan. Then partnering with Montgomery
County Public Schools and the Universities at Shady Grove, she
created a support program called Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES) that is
designed to help disadvantage students transition from high
school to college completion. Montgomery College is also a
member of the Achieving the Dream Network, which is a
non-governmental movement for student success at community
colleges. Additionally, Dr. Pollard serves
on the American Association of Community Colleges Board of
Directors and is the President of the American Association for
Women in Community Colleges. She was recently named as one of
Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women by the Washingtonian
Magazine and the Carnegie Corporation honored her with
their 2017 Academic Leadership Award. And quite frankly, her
list of credentials goes on and on with her dedicated service on
various Boards and Commissions. As I’m sure you can tell by her
background, accomplishments and recognitions she has
received-Dr. Pollard is a true champion of student success. Now let me tell you a little
“insider information” about Dr. Pollard.
Dr. Pollard is no stranger to College of Lake County. In
fact, many of you in the audience today, faculty and
staff, already know and have worked with Dr. Pollard. You
see, from 1995-2008, Dr. Pollard worked at CLC, first as an
English instructor, then moving on to other faculty and
administrative roles, and then serving as CLC’s Vice-President
for Educational Affairs. I had the honor and privilege of
knowing and working with Dr. Pollard for those 13 years while
she was here at CLC and we still remain friends today. In fact, I remember when she
interviewed with the Board of Trustees for the Vice-President
of Educational Affairs position, of which she was among several
finalists for the position. Well, let me tell you-she blew
the entire Board away with her knowledge, vision, enthusiasm
and commitment to student success. Hiring her for the job
was definitely one of the best decisions we ever made.
So with that said, please put your hands together and join me
in welcoming home, one of our very own CLC family members, my
friend, Dr. DeRionne Pollard. (applause). DeRIONNE: Thank you, Trustee
Oilschlager. Good afternoon, graduates. Now
where I come from, commencement is going to be a little bit of a
party. We’re going to try this again. Good afternoon, graduate
graduates. I like it. I like it. I am delighted to be here.
I would like to thank President Suddick, Board Chair
Anderson, members of the Board of Trustees, graduates, family,
and friends. My face is probably new to most
of you but years ago I spent a lot of time at the College of
Lake County (CLC): and boy has it changed! I heard you had to
suffer through a lot of construction over the last year.
I see a few nods in that. Where did all these new
buildings come from?! While it may look a bit different on the — I’m delighted to be here in
the gym today. While it may look different on the outside,
my phone conversations with several old timers here
reminded me how much has stayed the same. One of the things I
remember vividly was how hard it was to leave CLC. I loved the
The Lovely Thai where my dissertation support group met.
I always looked forward to the Annual Ceramics Sale and the
College Picnic in the fall. At the same time, the things that
called me to my next role were compelling. So, there was
tension; but I said a lot of tearful goodbyes and made the
move. California was wonderful and I grew a lot in my skills
and set myself up for my eventual move to Montgomery
County, which is where I am now. now.I learned about professional
networking over tequila. I always look forward to the annual sale and picnic. Now, this move to Maryland was
very big for me: I switched coasts; I bought a new house,
moved my family, my insurance policies, and my retirement
plan. I meditated a lot to get myself into that place where
change is normal and even positive -which we all know is a
tough road for us humans -and then the unthinkable happened. This moment in my life taught me
three invaluable maxims about life that I’d like to share with
you today. I was returning to Maryland
after a family trip to Vegas to celebrate our new ventures. We’d
hopped a red eye Friday night as I was starting my new role as
president at MC on Monday. So it was 7AM on a Saturday morning in the Atlanta airport where we had
a layover, and my sister called me hysterical: she was in the
hospital, my father was coding, they were trying to bring him back. He had gone down hill
quickly after a day or two of not feeling well. My world began to spin: my dearest father I
Was already a mother’s child. I was not ready to be an orphan.
I switched flights immediately.
Meanwhile, my then-three year old son decided to lose his
mind. He complained that he didn’t feel well and needed me to hold him continuously. In a
short time Myles was burning up and had vomited all over me on
the flight to Chicago. Our best friends picked us up from the
airport with a change of clothes for me, and we separated as they
took my spouse and son to the acute care center in Gurnee and
I took one of their cars into Chicago. While driving, a friend called
to check in about my new job starting, oblivious to
everything that was going on. I started telling her about my
father, and about Myles, and about my anxiety about starting
the new job on Monday. Y’all, I broke down. She told me to pull over, and on the Edens Spur I
lost it. And you know what, she just sat there with me, offered — I cryied hard. I was going
the ugly cry. I was doing the ugly cry. You know what she did
did? She sat there on the phone phone, offered
soothing noises, and “held my hand” over the phone. She gave
about 10 minutes, and then she said, “Pollard, time to suck it up. You got it out of your
system, and now you gotta do you.” So I pulled myself together and
got to the hospital to find that my father was conscious but the
medical team couldn’t stabilize his blood pressure and other
issues where materializing. Lesson one: Have a tribe of people who will check in on you,
who will take care of you when you are struggling to take care
of yourself, like my besties did and the friend who took care of
my 96 year old grandfather, who was living with my father when
he fell ill; and like the person who let me cry-and then remind
me of what I needed to do -and helped me pull myself together. Have a tribe who will roll deep for you, who will tell you when you’re wrong, and who will
nurture your spirit. By Sunday morning, the medical
team told us that my father had an undefinable mass in his
chest, and considerably more testing was needed. They had
more questions than answers, and their goal was to keep him
stable. Given all the testing and consultation needed, it
would be at least 48 hours before they’d have anything of
substance to share. Now, you may recall that I was
supposed to start a new job as the president of Montgomery
College that next day. Oh, and remember my son? Double ear
infection. I called my board chair and
explained the situation. I told him that I couldn’t leave my father or my son. And while I
was truly excited about this work we were getting ready to
start together, my father needed me to support him during this medical crisis, my sister needed
me to help make decisions about his care, my grandfather needed me to help ensure that he was
taken care of while my father was hospitalized, and my spouse
needed me to assist in taking care of our very cranky son. I told him that while I was scared
I was certain that Chicago, IL was where I needed to be-and I would not be there on my first
day as planned. He listened quietly and thoughtfully to me
as my quivering voice grew stronger and more sure of what I
was sharing with him. Once I had completed my statement, he
simply responded, “That’s exactly where you are supposed
to be. You wouldn’t be the person we thought we’d hired if
you’d said otherwise.” So my second piece of advice to
you: Live your values-even if your voice quivers, your
emotions are conflicted, and you are unsure of the outcome. When
tested, those values are your North Star. I wrote a letter to the college community explaining
why I was not able to be there as expected and asked for their
support and understanding as my family experienced this crucible
moment. The response from my Board and Montgomery College was
simply beautiful. So, during this frantic period
–which was heart wrenching and terrifying, I was oblivious to
anyone watching us. You just don’t notice that in times of crisis. But, of course they
were: the medical staff told us later that they saw two sisters
whose love for their father was boundless. My son saw my
devotion to my father. Also, what my new College saw was that
I had personal priorities that would impact my work life. It also showed them that -despite
being an incoming president-I was a person just like every
other employee with a family at their College. I wish I could say that things
were as smooth and intentional as they looked. At the time it
felt like we were doing a pretty slipshod job of things. Lack of
sleep and days of constant hospital coffee and anxiety
about my father’s survival made for a few snippy moments between me and my sister. But that comes
with the sistering territory. As it turns out folks on the
outside never saw these interactions: they saw our love and our civility to one another
and to the strangers we interacted with.
My third life lesson for today’s graduating class: even in your
toughest moments, when you feel wrung out, frustrated, scared, and reflective, you are teaching
people about yourself. It may be in a new job you are heading
into, or with new neighbors, or at a transfer school. You teach
people what you stand for by your choices and your civility
to others. Remember that people are watching you-both your words
and actions. They will observe both consistencies and
contradictions. Affirmations and conflicts. Values and habits.
Truths and lies. It is more than first impressions and last
comments. Your truth will be both your intended actions and
other’s perceptions of just how you occupy this space you are
in. When I look back on my time at
CLC, I can see more clearly some of the smaller crucible moments
I faced on this same campus -in which I lived honestly even when
it was tough and I didn’t realize people were watching,
but they were. I also remember that I had a tribe here -which I
have leaned on many times since I left. And, because CLC was an accepting, welcoming place, I
felt strong enough to live my values about loud. Today is about starting a new
chapter for each of the graduates -which is I why I
chose some lessons that have helped me move forward in my
life. Have a tribe who will be your truth-tellers, your
conscience, your cheerleaders, and your nurturers. Let them
remind you of just who you are when you sometimes forget-and be the same for them. Live a life where your values are active,
alive, and abundant in guiding you in the moment of choice.
Because that clarity, that certainty about who you are and
who your people are, will be seen by others. And finally-and perhaps most
importantly, my final truth is that you can come back home. So, I want to say thank you to the
College of Lake County for letting me come home. I want to
say congratulations to the graduates as you move outward
into the world and construct your own new homes. And to the
families out there, I want to remind you that if you have
raised them right -they will come home.
Congratulations to the College of Lake County Class of 2018! DR. SUDDICK: Thank you, Dr.
Pollard. Thank you for shareing your
story story, your life lessons, and
your stage advice. At this time, I would like to
invite Ms. Lynn Harper, Communications Instructor and
Faculty Senate Chair, to present the candidates for graduation. LYNN: Thank you, Dr. Suddick.
On behalf of the faculty And subject to the completion of
all requirements For graduation it is my pleasure
to present the candidates For the Associate in Applied
Science Degree the Associate in General Studies Degree, and The Certificates the Class of
2018. DR. SUDDICK: Thank you Professor
Harper and members of the college faculty.
Will the candidates for the Associate in Applied Science
Degree please rise. Members of the Board of Trustees
It is my pleasure to recommend to you the candidates for the
Associate in Applied Science Degree. MR. ANDERSON: Thank you, Dr.
Suddick. By virtue of the power vested in
me by the Board of Trustees It is my pleasure to confer the
Associate in Applied Science Degree with all the rights,
honors and privileges appertaining thereto. DR. SUDDICK: As a symbol of
your achievement You may now move your tassel
To the left side of your mortar board. Please come forward for
your award. Will the candidates
For the Associate in General Studies Degree
Please rise. Members of the Board of
Trustees. It is my pleasure to recommend
to you the candidates for The Associate in General Studies
Degree. MR. ANDERSON: Thank you, Dr.
Suddick. By virtue of the power vested in
me by the Board of Trustees It is my pleasure to confer
The Associate in General Studies Degree with all the rights,
honors, and privileges Appertaining thereto. DR. SUDDICK: As a symbol of
your achievement you may now move your tassel to the left
side of your mortar board. Please come forward for your
award. DR. SUDDICK: Will the
candidates for the Certificates Please rise.
Members of the Board of Trustees It is my pleasure to recommend
to you the candidates for the Certificates. MR. ANDERSON: Thank you, Dr.
Suddick. By virtue of the power vested in
me by the Board of Trustees It is my pleasure to confer
The Certificates with all the rights, honors, and privileges
appertaining thereto. Before
DR. SUDDICK: As a symbol of your achievement
You may now move your tassel To the left side of your mortar
board. Please come forward for your award. DR. SUDDICK: I would like to
take a moment to recognize faculty and administrators who
are retiring from the college. As I mention your names, please
stand, so that we may recognize and thank you for your
contributions to the College of Lake County. Ellen Anderson
Daniel Dainton Sandra Groeninger
Robin Kacel Roland Miller
Bruce Moy Allen Smith
Mary Zenner You have played an important
role in the history of our college, and you will be greatly
missed. Please join me in applauding
their contributions! (applause). At this time, I would like to
introduce Mr. Sam Valenti, Chief of Staff of the Alumni Board of
Directors, who will make a few remarks. MR. VALENTI: Greetings from the
CLC Alumni Community & thank you to the Administration, Trustees,
faculty, honored guests, graduates and their families and
friends. Some final words for you today
from the CLC Alumni network It’s very important to ask
yourself 3 questions on a regular basis:
What Motivates you? How are the results?
What needs to change? If the path you are on is
positive and productive, keep going. If it is not fulfilling
and doesn’t feel right, then perhaps you need to shake things
up. One of the best ways to change
and grow is to: Attend events
Meet new people Keep in touch As you’ve heard, it’s not just
what you know, it’s who you know.
However, it’s also who knows what you know. And the best way to make sure
people know what you know Is to participate in local
groups and networking organizations.
We hope you’ll keep in touch with us as you venture out into
the world. Congratulations class of 2018! DR. SUDDICK: Thank you Mr. Sam
Valenti. As we end today’s ceremonies,
once again, I congratulate the graduates and wish you continued
success as you move on to the next phase of your lives. (Note: Remember Alumni of
CLC). I ask the audience to please
remain seated until the graduates and faculty have exited the gymnasium. After the
recessional, the audience to my right should exit out the garage
door behind you and the audience to my left should exit out the
left side of the gymnasium. I invite everyone to please join
us for light refreshments and conversation in the tent located
outside of the main entrance. Best Wishes to the Graduating
Class of 2018! I hereby declare
at the 2018 dependencement ceremony to be adjourned. Of I hereby declare the 2018
cleansement ceremony to be adjourned.

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