North Central Missouri College 2022 Commencement was held on May 7, 2022, with two ceremonies; the morning ceremony at 9:00 a.m. honoring all associate degrees and certificates that are non-nursing, and the afternoon ceremony at 1:00 p.m. honoring nursing certificates, degrees, and pinnings. Both commencement ceremonies were held at the Ketcham Community Center on the Main campus located in Trenton, Missouri. Commencement was also live-streamed at piratesdigitialmedia.com.
2022 marked the 95th NCMC commencement ceremony with 448 degrees and certificates awarded to 407 individual graduates. 130 associate in arts, 23 associate in arts in teaching, 148 associate in applied science, two associate in general studies, five associate in science, and 140 certificates. The average age is 24.48, with the oldest graduate being 58 and the youngest 17. Graduates come from Delaware, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, New York, and Oklahoma and countries Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela.
Distinguished Alumna Phyllis Jackson provided the morning ceremony address. In her remarks, she praised the graduates for their tenacity and hard work and encouraged them to leave the world in a better place than they found it. In her remarks, she said, “No adequate words can tell you how proud I am of you as students….all of you coming together to make today happen, to realize what could easily have just been abandoned, now actually has become a celebration of standing strong and moving forward, around, over, even though the difficulties thrown at you.” She also said, “How could anyone have ever doubted the tenacity of you as you moved forward from March 2020 to this glorious celebration today? Your Pirate blood rings true; you will not be overcome.”
Medical Director, Breast Care Center at Liberty Hospital and Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Dr. Amy Patel, was the speaker for the afternoon ceremony. In her remarks, she provided the graduates with points of advice to help them as they enter the workforce. In her speech, she said, “stay the course, even if you fail along the way. It’s okay if your career path takes an unexpected turn and is not straight. Do not get discouraged; reflect, regroup, and fail forward.” She also said, “You have shown great courage and fortitude to get where you are today. Be proud. Be grateful. Be fearless going forward. The best for all of you is yet to come.”
Faculty Senate President Tracy Welch led the processional, and the Trenton National Guard presented the colors. Faculty Marshalls will be Sarah Bird, Maryellen Harman, Cassie Cordray, Janna Ingram, Vel Westbrook, Korynn Skipper, Ashtyn Wilson, and Sophia Swink. NCMC student Riley Neill sang the national anthem for both ceremonies. Makayla Eads, Student Senate President, provided the welcome and evocation for both ceremonies, with Dr. Tristan Londre, Vice President of Academic Affairs, presenting the class, and Dr. Lenny Klaver, President, conferring the degrees. President Klaver, President and Vice President of the Board of Trustees, presented degrees and honors with Dr. Kristen Alley, Vice President of Student Affairs, giving the turning of the tassel. Chris Hoffman, trustee and alumnus, provided the alumni welcome.
Also, on Saturday, the Vicki Wheeler Honors brunch was held and recognized seventeen NCMC graduates for their accomplishments. The NCMC Outstanding Student Award is given annually to only one student in each degree program. The faculty selects students based on academic merits, campus involvement, and leadership in the classroom.
Students honored were Gracey Gordon, Arts and Sciences from Green Castle, MO; Brooke Horton, AAT Education from Chillicothe, MO; Abigail Neill, Agriculture from Princeton, MO; Cody Perkins, Criminal Justice from Harris, MO; Dalton Berry, Business and Technology from Trenton, MO; Josie Reeter, Applied Tech from Chillicothe, MO; Deborah Larison, Early Childhood from Amazonia, MO; Jenna Moffet, Behavioral Health Support from Chillicothe, MO; Rachel Kirby, EMT Paramedic from Liberty, MO; Hannah McDaniel, Pharmacy Technician from Pattonsburg, MO; Emilia Galbraith, Occupational Therapy Assistant from Hamilton, MO; Jordan Robinson, Level II Nursing (Trenton) from Unionville, MO; Topaz Tucker, Level II Nursing (Maryville) from Kansas City, MO; Jyssica Rosier, Level II Nursing (Online) from Stanberry, MO; Melissa Gunter, Lvel I Nursing (Trenton), from Brookfield, MO; Samantha Beattie, Level I Nursing (Maryville) from Savannah, MO; Nicole Jackson, Level I Nursing (Bethany) from Chillicothe, MO.
The NCMC Honors brunch is named after longtime NCMC faculty, the late Vicki Wheeler.