Photo gallery (now with 65+ pictures): #MCCGrads2017 commencement

Congratulations to MCC’s Class of 2017! Here are some photos from commencement on May 17. (Photos by Matt Scharhag, Tim Engle, Nancy McCallum, Christina Medina, Sharon Pyant, Jessica Ramirez, Ernie Webb III and Jordan Williams)

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First up, something new at the grad reception before the ceremony: The MCC Foundation sponsored a selfie booth complete with “picture frames” and stickers.

Meanwhile, MCC administrators and the Board of Trustees were getting ready to take the stage.

MCC trustees (from left): vice president Barbara Anne Washington, Phil LeVota, president Trent Skaggs and Michael Brown
Chancellor Mark James (center) with MCC trustees Barbara Anne Washington (from left), Phil LeVota, Trent Skaggs and Michael Brown
Trustees Barbara Anne Washington and Phil LeVota
Trustee Michael Brown
Chancellor Mark James, the commencement speaker
Vice Chancellor Kathrine Swanson (center)

Other scenes from the evening:

A student gets some help with her new MCC medallion from MCC-Blue River academic advisor Bill Jester.
Early College Academy grad Chebet Buckner with MCC-Penn Valley’s Jordan Williams
Early College Academy grads, who are picking up diplomas this spring from both Kansas City Public Schools and MCC
Every grad who participated in commencement got a medallion featuring the MCC seal, created in 2015 to observe the College’s 100th anniversary.
Early College Academy grad Rapulu Okolo
As MCC-Blue River candidates for graduation wait to march into the Municipal Auditorium arena, Nathan Jump (right) takes a selfie for Facebook and Snapchat.
MCC-Blue River grad Traycie Williams showed off his Phi Theta Kappa, 2017 All-Missouri Academic Team and MCC medallions.
The MCC-Longview area at the pre-commencement reception
MCC-Longview President Dr. Kirk Nooks poses with a student.
The MCC-Blue River group of grads waits to enter the Municipal Auditorium arena.
At the MCC-Business & Technology photo wall
MCC-Business & Technology president Dr. Jackie Gill with Vice Chancellor Carlos Penaloza
Family members, many with cellphones in hand, jockey for better position as the grads enter the arena.
As the 2017 grads enter the arena, many look up to spot friends and family in the audience.

Dr. Carlos Penaloza, vice chancellor for academic affairs, welcomes everyone to the ceremony.
Chancellor Mark James, who will retire June 30 as the College’s top leader, gives the commencement address.
Dr. Tony Ross, interim president of MCC-Penn Valley
MCC trustees Michael Brown (from left) and Trent Skaggs, board president, with Dr. Carlos Penaloza, vice chancellor for academic affairs
Dr. Utpal Goswami, president of MCC-Maple Woods, congratulates a new graduate.
MCC Chancellor Mark James (right) with a new MCC alumnus
Dr. Michael Banks, president of MCC-Blue River, congratulates a new graduate.
Dr. Jackie Gill, president of MCC-Business & Technology, congratulates a new graduate.
MCC trustees Barbara Anne Washington and Phil LeVota


Here’s a batch of pictures of MCC-Penn Valley grads:

And now for some other scenes:

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