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Graduation Marks Beginning of a Lifelong Marathon

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Queen Tucker and
                                     Crystal Rhoades

Representing more than 20 states and three countries, about 1,300 students graduated with degrees and certificates on May 14. MCC leaders celebrated the students' dedication while reminding them the milestone is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning.

Student speaker Esther 'Queen' Tucker, who graduated with a Business Management degree, urged students to take responsibility for their decisions as they continue past graduation. In the marathon of life, she said, graduation is just the first mile. "The degree you receive is just barely getting you off the starting block," she said. "Keep up the endurance and keep on going."

Crystal Rhoades, MCC Board of Governors Chairwoman, advised graduates to "be bold, be tenacious and don't give up." Graduation, she said, is the culmination of a long process that proves students have what it takes to be successful as they begin careers. "Many students worked, went to school, took care of a family or faced other challenges while pursuing their education," she said. "If they can balance those demands with creativity and dedication, they will be successful even in a tough job market."

Tucker plans to continue her education at the University of Nebraska–Omaha and pursue her dream of opening a residential facility that provides services to broken families. She isn't worried about facing a difficult economy–or other obstacles. "If I set my mind to do something," she said, "it's going to get done."

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