MCC Class of 2017 by campus and degree

Some numbers and other facts about Metropolitan Community College’s Class of 2017:

This year, 2,575 MCC students applied to graduate, a number that includes Fall 2016 grads as well as students planning to complete studies in Spring and Summer 2017.

The Class of 2017 is Metropolitan Community College’s 102nd graduating class.

MCC conferred a variety of associate degrees and certificates this year, including:

  • More than 1,600 associate in arts degrees
  • More than 600 associate in applied science degrees
  • More than 600 certificates, for career programs typically completed in a year or less

 

A breakdown of MCC’s 2017 grads and degrees by campus:

MCC-Blue River, Independence

365 graduates total; 7 early college graduates. Degrees and certificates: 284 associate in arts degrees; 4 associate in computer science degrees; 3 associate in engineering degrees; 5 associate in science degrees; 35 associate in applied science degrees; 34 certificates (typically one-year career programs).

MCC-Business & Technology, near I-435 and Front Street

235 graduates total. Degrees and certificates: 8 associate in arts degrees; 100 associate in applied science degrees; 127 certificates (typically one-year career programs)

MCC-Longview, Lee’s Summit

578 graduates total; 17 early college graduates. Degrees and certificates: 454 associate in arts degrees; 6 associate in computer science degrees; 18 associate in engineering degrees; 6 associate in science degrees; 86 associate in applied science degrees; 8 certificates (typically one-year career programs).

MCC-Maple Woods, Kansas City North

666 graduates total; 6 early college graduates. Degrees and certificates: 576 associate in arts degrees; 9 associate in computer science degrees; 15 associate in engineering degrees; 12 associate in science degrees; 49 associate in applied science degrees; 5 certificates (typically one-year career programs).

MCC-Penn Valley, midtown Kansas City

663 graduates total; 46 early college graduates. Degrees and certificates: 284 associate in arts degrees; 8 associate in computer science degrees; 5 associate in engineering degrees; 8 associate in science degrees; 306 associate in applied science degrees; 52 certificates (typically one-year career programs).

 

The Class of 2017 included 76 early college students:

  • 46 Kansas City Public Schools students who earned MCC associate degrees in addition to their high school diplomas. The Early College Academy program, launched in 2011, gives qualified, highly motivated high school juniors and seniors the chance to attend college full time on the MCC-Penn Valley campus.
  •  16 students enrolled at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit. The innovation campus — a collaboration of MCC-Longview, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District and the University of Central Missouri — is focused on the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math) and provides an opportunity for qualified, highly motivated high school students to earn an MCC associate degree and, two years later, a UCM bachelor’s degree. They also receive paid internships from high-tech companies.
  • Another 14 early college students who graduated from MCC’s Blue River, Maple Woods and Longview campuses

This is the sixth year MCC has held a unified commencement ceremony for grads from all five campuses. Prior to that, the campuses held their own graduation programs.

Metropolitan Community College was founded as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute in 1915. The first commencement program was June 6, 1916, when eight junior college students and 15 high school students graduated (the Institute included a high school program). Students with credit hours from other colleges had transferred to the Polytechnic Institute that first year, which accounts for why the two-year college held its first graduation in 1916 instead of 1917.