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Posted: May 19, 2014
Whip Villarreal, Journalism Student of the Year 2012-2013, graduated in May 2013.
An imposing total of 1,148 Truckee Meadows Community College students graduated with a degree or certificate for the 2013-2014 academic year, according to Admissions and Records. This number is an increase from last year’s figure of 1,086.
“There are 25 international graduates this year from eight different countries,” said Nadine Winslow, Executive Assistant in President Sheehan’s office.
The youngest to graduate, at 17, earned an Associate of Science, and the oldest to receive a diploma is 73, receiving an Associate of General Studies degree. Veteran graduates numbered 64.
Commencement took place at the Grand Sierra Resort, and provided an additional 600 seats than were accessible at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center last year. Available seats totaled between 3,600-3,800, Winslow said. GSR, which has recently been remodeled, also offered a block of rooms at a discounted rate for families who have traveled from out of town to attend the ceremony.
The VA Women Veterans Color Guard presented the colors. On the color guard is Elizabeth Baines, TMCC English Professor.
Nevada State Senator Debbie Smith attended TMCC’s commencement, as did six members of the 13 Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents. Regent and Vice Chairman Rick Trachok was one of the featured speakers.
Nicole Lee, December graduate with an English major, has been named Regents’ Scholar for the 2013-2014 academic year, and also addressed the gathering.
“In my speech, I mention Chris Winslow, who I knew from church and happened to run into my first day here,” Lee said. “He was with a group of students, handing out coffee. He walked me to my first class, which was nice because it was my first time on campus. He helped calm my nerves that first day and it was nice to have a friendly face to connect with.”
Faculty and an Alumna received honors at commencement:
Students in the Visual and Performing Arts department performed the National Anthem and "Go the Distance" during the ceremony. And, of course, graduates enjoyed their moment on stage in the spotlight to receive their gold-stamped diploma frame.
“I like that part of walking across the stage; to mark the moment,” Lee said.
Lee has a bit of advice for students taking part in commencement; some guidance to be kind to yourself and reflect.
“To remember this time, as graduates are going off in different directions … to be proud of this accomplishment,” Lee said.
At commencement’s conclusion, graduates recessed through a double-sided receiving line, where their professors surrounded them with congratulations, handshakes and warm wishes.
For additional information about TMCC’s graduation ceremony, please visit the commencement Web pages.
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