820 shine at five-campus graduation, many ‘with honors’

Graduation caps
Soon-to-be graduates patiently await receipt of their diplomas.

Nearly 820 students donned flowy black robes and square-topped hats on May 16 to cross the stage to receive their diplomas at MCC’s district-wide commencement ceremony.

Many of those graduating did so with honors.

The ceremony, held at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo., marks the second year that students from all five of MCC’s campuses have graduated together in a single ceremony.

Mark James, MCC chancellor, and Peter deSilva, keynote speaker, led the procession of the platform party.
Mark James, MCC chancellor, and Peter deSilva, keynote speaker, led the procession of the platform party.

In his keynote address, Peter deSilva, president and COO of UMB Financial Corporation and president of UMB Bank, encouraged the graduates to always be passionate, driven and adaptable and to be intentional in creating their personal legacy.