CMC to honor graduates tonight
KEYSTONE – The Colorado Mountain College Summit Campus will honor the academic achievements of more than 100 graduates tonight at the 18th Annual Graduation Ceremony held at the Keystone Conference Center. This year’s graduates will receive degrees and certificates in a variety of areas, such as Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of General Studies degrees; Associate of Applied Science degrees in Culinary Arts and Fire Science, Certificates in Real Estate and Emergency Medical Services and students earning Graduate Equivalency Diplomas (GED).Providing the graduation address is Gary Ketzenbarger, a longtime adjunct faculty member at CMC. He teaches such diverse classes as Comparative Religion, Introduction to Theatre, Philosophy and the Arts, English Composition and Public Speaking. Ketezenbarger’s teaching excellence was formally recognized in 2005 when he received CMC’s Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year Award. Gary’s address to the graduates will focus on the advantages of earning a degree from CMC and the challenges of applying that degree outside the comfort of a mountain community; “coming down from the mountains” and sharing one’s achievement in a wider world.Our student emcee for this year’s event is Jackie Schmitt-Pike. Jackie is graduating with her Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science and is currently employed as a Deputy Fire Marshall at Red, White, and Blue Fire Department in Breckenridge.Music will be provided by local musician, Leon Littlebird. He will perform on both the Native American flute and guitar.
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