To the Editor:
Aside from the pictures of the McHenry County College graduation that were published the other week in the Northwest Herald, I wonder if this rich cultural treasure of MCC is known throughout our county.
On May 12, MCC graduated more than 350 students in various disciplines: applied science (including business management, automotive technology, criminal justice, digital media, early childhood education, fire science, etc.), arts (including fine arts, engineering science, etc.), science and certificates in employment areas such as accounting, automotive, baking assistant, basic nursing assistant, EMT, firefighter basic, medical billing, organizational leadership and entrepreneurship, among others.
The commencement ceremony was dignified and regal, including conferral of the degrees by President Clinton Gabbard; student awards presented by Chris Gray, vice president of academic and student affairs; student and faculty speakers; presentation of the degrees and certificates by the Board of Trustees; music by the MCC Concert Band; and presentation of the American flag by service members of McHenry County to open the ceremony.
The college hosted a reception for the graduates, their families and friends in the cafeteria after the ceremony. The reception celebrated the dedication, integrity, mindfulness, confidence and discipline of the MCC students who are ready for the next stages of their lives. The atmosphere was one of joy and hope, truly a heartfelt send-off to these young people.