Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2017 graduating class at its forty-seventh Commencement Ceremony this past weekend. The ceremony recognized over 320 graduates who completed an associate degree or certificate program with the College during fall, spring or summer term.
Dr. Thomas Stuckey, NSCC president, congratulated the graduates on their achievements. He encouraged them to remember, “Your life has changed. And your life will continue to change. Education prepares you for that change.”
Rose Mansel-Pleydell was the student speaker selected. She shared that in her life, things have not always gone according to plan, as is the case with most people. “Plans almost never come to fruition without taking an alternate route,” Mansel-Pleydell stated. “Life isn’t about sticking to the plan, and more than likely, your greatest adventures will be found just beyond the comfort zone in which you mapped out your future.” Mansel-Pleydell earned an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was State Representative Rob McColley of Napoleon. McColley praised those individuals who sacrificed to help the graduates achieve their current and future goals. “No matter how hard you worked to get here today, and no matter how hard you work to get to where you want to be in the future, you never truly did it alone,” McColley remarked.
Following the recognition of the graduates, Dr. Stuckey announced Abby Jaggers as the recipient of the President’s Outstanding Student Award. Jaggers graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. Jaggers resides in Stryker and is currently a part-time pharmacy technician with Rite Aid. She is the mother of two sons, ages 5 and 7. Jaggers completed her medical externships with Archbold Medical Group.