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May 16, 2012

CCC celebrates graduates

207 students awarded degrees at commencement ceremony

CLINTON — Clinton Community College awarded degrees to 207 students at its 64th annual commencement ceremony Tuesday.

Ninety-nine students participated in the commencement ceremony. Four students achieved highest honors for maintaining a 4.0 GPA, an additional 38 students were recognized for achieving high honors for maintaining a 3.5 to 3.9 GPA.

“Graduation is always a wonderful time to recognize our students for their accomplishments,” CCC President Karen Vickers said.

The ceremony featured three student speakers, Clinton High School graduates Leah Boutwell and Jenny Green and Camanche High School graduate Trevor Willis.  All of the speakers spoke of returning to school after life led them away from continuing their education after high school.  The three also shared sentiments of appreciation and accomplishment with the fellow graduates.

“Achieve your dreams no matter how old you are,” Green said.

Boutwell shared that she returned to school after serving in the military, getting married and having children — one while attending school.

“Everything good in life takes time,” Boutwell said.

Willis said he was most proud to graduate with his wife while their three daughters are also attending college.

Twelve students also participated in the 40th annual Nursing Pinning ceremony earlier in the day.  The students were recognized for their achievements and were pinned by a family member or friends who supported them during their years in the program.  

Vickers left the graduating class of 2012 with an important mission.

“Tell your story. Tell everyone how good it feels to be a college graduate,” she said.

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