Students ready for next step as they graduate from MCC


A sea of caps filled the main floor at the Baxter Arena on Friday night as more than 1,700 Metropolitan Community College students filed in to receive their diplomas and certificates.

The annual commencement ceremony is for MCC students who completed their degrees or certificates during the past summer, fall or spring quarters. 

“I congratulate you all on your commitment to reaching the finish line,” said Steve Grabowski, MCC Board of Governors chair. “Ten years from now, you will be the experienced voice.”

Student speaker, Nyemuoch Tot, spoke about how sometimes working on something that may not start off great can turn into something wonderful, citing an example of when she was little and a painting she was working on didn’t turn out at first, but after some work turned into a masterpiece. 

“Do not be afraid to make mistakes,” Tot said. “The mistakes may lead to other beautiful things. There is not a mistake that cannot be fixed.”

Tot also said that taking a risk is important in order to grow and learn.

“I had my sights set elsewhere, but I took a leap of faith,” Tot said about choosing MCC. “Risk requires a leap of faith that may result in a loss or a gain.”

Tot, a Paralegal Studies graduate with plans to transfer to University of Nebraska-Lincoln and major in Political Science, said that MCC ended up being a risk with plenty of gain, as it ended up being the best choice for her education.

“Why was MCC the best choice for me? It’s affordable, flexible, friendly and willing to meet students where they’re at and from there, helping them get to where they need to be. Being here, I can truly say that MCC lives its mission,” she said. 

Many MCC graduates either enter the workforce or continue their education further. Emily O’Keefe, a Liber Arts Transfer graduate, plans to obtain her bachelor’s degree.

“I am going to take a year off and then go to University of Nebraska at Omaha for Special Education,” O’Keefe said. “I like working with special needs kids.”

Anjela Rush, who graduated with her Associate of General Studies, also said she would be returning to UNO to get her degree in Social Work.

“I have a heart for helping people,” she said. 

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