Video: Thousands were on hand at the Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium to commemorate and honor the 900 plus Metropolitan Community College students who earned the opportunity to graduate and officially enter the MCC alumni community. The 2015 Commencement marks an impressive historical milestone for the College. Students who participated in this year’s ceremony can forever claim being a part of the 100th graduating class. To spotlight the importance, the new MCC seal was designed and created and made its debut during the ceremony. Each graduate also received a medallion to mark the special year.
Metropolitan Community College has now been providing education in Kansas City for a century and began as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute in 1915 as the first public institution of higher education in Kansas City. Classes officially began on September 7, 1915 with 200 students. Now, 100 years later MCC has transformed into the largest public education provider in Kansas City, the third largest in Missouri and is one of the premier community college districts in the nation. With five campuses located across the metropolitan community, MCC serves more than 37,000 students every year. MCC Works to prepare students serve communities and create opportunities.
This graduating class follows ten decades of students who have changed the face of our community. Ewing Kauffman, who brought Major League Baseball to Kansas City, The Police Chief and Fire Chief, who protect us, and the Mayor, who leads Kansas City’s civic duties, all started at MCC. MCC graduates work in our community as nurses, emergency responders, teachers, lawyers, engineers, welders, electricians and CEO’s. MCC Alumni make up the fiber of this community and play a vital role continuing to move the community forward. This community is powered by progress and enriched by education.
The keynote speaker, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, encouraged students to continue to push, innovate and move forward. He exclaimed, “Don’t give in and don’t ever give up.” Cleaver is now serving his sixth term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, the home district of President Harry Truman. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. Having served for twelve years on the city council of Missouri’s largest municipality, Kansas City, Cleaver was elected as the city’s first African American Mayor in 1991.
This year also marked the fourth Metropolitan Community College annual five-campus graduation.
“Last night was an amazing commencement ceremony that truly brought honor and distinction upon our 100 year existence and legacy of serving students in the Kansas City Metropolitan area,” said Chancellor Mark James.
Chancellor James also thanked employees, “Commencement is a time of celebration and recognition of a lot of hard work and commitment not only of our students but of each of you. Their accomplishment is your accomplishment whether you are imparting knowledge in the classroom, providing student service and advising, or maintaining our facilities and grounds. It is a team effort that ensures the success of our students so I not only extend my congratulations to our students who graduated but to all of you for helping them reach their goals.”
Thank you for helping honor the most recent MCC graduates and Celebrate 100 years of serving this community.