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Students, family and community celebrate at MCC Commencement Ceremony

Baxter Arena was filled to the brim with families, friends and support systems that were ready to see their loved ones walk across the stage with a diploma in hand.

Metropolitan Community College held its annual graduation commencement on May 10. The commencement honors students who graduated throughout the 2018-19 school year during various quarters, totaling more than 1,700 students.
MCC commencement signifies not the end of an educational journey for many, but the start of the next step in that journey.
Kinley Holme, the student speaker during the ceremony, plans to go onto University of Nebraska Omaha to earn her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. Holme discussed how MCC was a great start to her secondary education. 
“I have met so many people from different backgrounds at this college,” she said. “We are all part of one MCC. We are all here for different reasons, but with one common purpose: to graduate.”
Holme credited the College’s First Year Experience program for helping her get acclimated to college life, with help from advisors, peer mentors and other students like herself to navigate MCC.

“If it wasn’t for FYE, I don’t think I would be here today,” Holme said. “I am so grateful I could come to MCC.”
For other students, graduating from MCC marked the start of their professional lives.

Alexis Mausbach, who earned an Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design, said graduating was just the beginning for her.

“It’s my first step toward my career,” Mausbach said. “I have an internship and I am hoping that it leads to more career opportunities.”

Michelle Luebbert, who had “Finally!” bedazzled on her graduation cap, said that graduating from the College’s Respiratory Therapy program meant giving back to her family.

“I’m finally going to be able to support my family with a good career,” Luebbert said. “I want to be a traveling respiratory therapist.”

Aside from family and friends, many others were proud of the students graduating. Steve Grabowski, the MCC Board of Governors president, said each commencement ceremony brings him joy.

“Each year, I am reminded of what a special place MCC is,” Grabowski said. “Completing a degree is not easy. We congratulate all of you on your persistence.”

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