Graduates awarded degrees at Colorado Mountain College’s 23rd commencement |

Graduates awarded degrees at Colorado Mountain College’s 23rd commencement

Kathryn Corazzelli
Summit Daily News

On Friday night, a procession of students donning royal blue caps and gowns made its way through a crowd of onlooking parents, friends and family to collect degrees from Colorado Mountain College. This year, students from the Breckenridge and Dillon campuses earned 87 associate degrees and eight occupational certificates or general equivalency diplomas.

Graduating student and master of ceremonies Ian Scott opened the 23 annual commencement by telling the crowd he’d received unfailing encouragement and support from faculty, and is confident his experiences will serve him well in the real world. Scott, who grew up in Manhattan, received an associate of arts in outdoor education.

As the ceremony proceeded, Carol Turrin, associate professor of nursing, was awarded as the full-time faculty member of the year. Lynn Donovan, adjunct professor of developmental studies, was honored as the adjunct faculty of the year.

Students were then recognized for their outstanding performances in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ national math competition, in which five CMC students placed in the top five between the fall and spring competitions.

College board of trustee member Dr. Richard Bateman awarded Keystone Center founder Robert Craig with an honorary degree; Bateman said it was only the fourth given out in the history of the school.

Before degrees were presented to the students, commencement speaker Corey Ciocchetti – author and assistant professor of business ethics and legal studies at the University of Denver – told the graduates there is nothing wrong with going after fortune, fame or popularity, as long as it’s done with integrity and character.

“This world needs more kind and honest people,” he said. “Take this pride and this energy with you every day of your life. Contribute something to the greater good: The future of our country is directly proportional to the character and integrity of its citizens.”

District office representative Dr. Jill Boyle awarded the diplomas to the students, and Summit campus CEO Alton Scales told the graduates to seek happiness wherever they go.

“Do what you need to do so you can do what you want to do,” he said. “I extend to you all the best wishes and congratulations.”

“I feel awesome and excited, and glad that I’m finally at this point,” said Tina Koehn, who graduated with an associate of arts degree. Koehn, who said she wants to continue on to earn a bachelor’s, said she moved to Summit County 18 years ago, and became a good wife, parent and person before going to school.

“I feel like I became a whole person first,” she said. “Now I get to focus on (my education).”

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