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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