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MMiles Community College to Celebrate 81st Commencement

Miles Community will hold its 81st annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8, at 10:00am at the MCC Centra in Miles City. Livestreaming of the event will be available on the MCC channel on Youtube.

MCC anticipates awarding 131 degrees to 117 students. Degrees awarded will be Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Science in Registered Nursing, Associate of Applied Science, Certificate of Applied Science, and/or a Certificate.

33 students have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.75 of higher, and will be recognized as honor graduates. Seven students with 4.0 GPAs have been named valedictorians. Those students are Wacy Arndt, of Miles City, Favour Chukwukelu, of Las Vegas, NV, Emily Dale, of Toole, UT, Tessa Della Silva, of Hamilton, MT, Janie Nelson, of Newdale, ID, Jakim Ricketts, of Livingston, MT, and Kayla Woods of Forsyth.

Three students will also be recognized as the outstanding graduate from their respective academic division. Favour Chukwukelu has been awarded the Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Award, Jakim Ricketts has been awarded the Career and Technical Division Award, and Belinda Forman, of Knowlton, MT, has been awarded the Nursing Division Outstanding Graduate Award.

The program begins at 10:00am. The three outstanding graduates will lead the student processional. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard, Post 1579, will present the colors, and Kaigen Roskelley will sing the National Anthem. Carson Houser will give the invocation. Ron Slinger, President of MCC, will give the welcome and will then present the faculty and staff excellence awards. Ryan Jones, Chair of the MCC Board of Trustees, will also welcome students and guests. James Simon, president of the Associated Students of Miles Community College, will give the student address. Slinger will then present the Hall of Fame award to Dr. Eileen A. Hemman, COL (Ret.). Hemman will also provide the commencement address.

Following Hemman’s address, President Slinger will recognize the honor graduates and present the candidates for graduation. Vice President of Academic Affairs Rita Kratky will introduce the candidates before president Slinger confers degrees. The MCC Board of Trustees will present the diplomas to the graduates, while their names are read by Garth Sleight, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Sarah Kloewer, Associate Dean of Instruction and Distance Learning, and Deidre Fitzgerald, Director of Nursing. After the presentation of diplomas, Kelsey Kolka will give the benediction.

This year’s candidates for degrees and certificates are:

Associate of Arts Degree
Kadyn Acor
JM'Kala Arnold (Honor Graduate, Completed degree Fall 2020)
Sloan Blankenship (Degree pending Summer 2021)
Rianne Bollinger
Anna Boone (Honor Graduate)
Stockton Brems
Emily Dale (Valedictorian)
Tessa Della Silva (Valedictorian)
Matilda Dietz
Dunstan Esimone
Emily Findlay
Kenneth Hardy
Deklan Harper
Ashlin Hiller (Honor Graduate)
Timothy Holyk
Dylan Hushaw (Honor Graduate)
Hunter Lasko
Kassidy Kinzie (Honor Graduate)
Chase Linn
Lili Long (Honor Graduate)
Kieth Manby
Anthony Miller (Honor Graduate)
Janie Nelson (Valedictorian)
Erica Parry (Phi Theta Kappa Member)
Lidia Pintor Padilla (Honor Graduate)
Desirae Shanks
Grayson Skinner
Noah Taylor (Honor Graduate)
Associate of Science in Registered Nursing Degree
Willow Beach/td>
Jessica Brakke
Taylor Butkay
Briley Cook
Dante Downing
Teresa Evinrude
Amber Ferris
Brianna Fischer (Honor Graduate)
Emily Flick
Belinda Forman (Honor Graduate)
Shelby Frye
Jennifer Hilderman
Elizabeth Hoff
Lanea Hope
Miranda Hurr
Kelsey Kolka
Daniel Nelson
Cassandra Ostle
Mariah Prokopiak
Kaitlin Ramsbacher
ShaeBreaun Reitler
Kirk Robbins (Honor Graduate)
Carol Solberg (Phi Theta Kappa Member)
Tiffany Steffan
Sydney Stoltz
Jeremy Sukut
Jennifer Veverka (Honor Graduate)
Michaela Wall
Certificates of Applied Science
Wacy Arndt (Entrepreneurship, Valedictorian)
Kody Arnold (Heavy Equipment Operations)
Reata Crafton (General Studies, Pending Summer 2021)
Traton Ferrell (Heavy Equipment Operations)
Reid Fiechtner (Entrepreneurship, Honor Graduate)
Raegan Harper (General Studies, Honor Graduate, Phi Theta Kappa Member)
Dayton Helmts (Heavy Equipment Operations, Honor Graduate)
Keith Manby (Entrepreneurship)
Casey Mattfeldt (Heavy Equipment Operations)
Garrett Metzenberg (Heavy Equipment Operations)
Brock Nelson (Automotive Technology)
Molly Oster (General Studies, Honor Graduate)
Rowdy Pressler (Heavy Equipment Operations)
Megan Toplovich (General Studies)
Marcos Verdeja (Automotive Technology)
Associate of Science Degree
Riley Anderson (Honor Graduate))
Julie Apodaca
M'Kala Arnold (Honor Graduate, Completed degree Fall 2020
Amanda Beard
Jesse Berg (Completed degree Fall 2020)
Anthony Bleggi
Sloan Blankenship (Degree pending Summer 2021)
Rianne Bollinger
Jaron Brewer
Camilia Buck
Libby Burke
Jaxon Grogan (Honor Graduate)
Deklan Harper
Jett Hasegawa
Carson Houser (Honor Graduate)
Brayden Howard
Ian Krump (Honor Graduate, Phi Theta Kappa Member)
Ryota Kusumoto
Jake Lacey
Kelsey Land (Honor Graduate)
Remy Lemovou
Tuesday Linn (Honor Graduate)
Colton Ludwig
Taylor Morton
Kayla Nelson (Honor Graduate)
Matthew Nelson
Jay Neugebauer
Olyvia Pacheco (Honor Graduate)
Dawson Parry
Autumn Porter
Kari Quinlan (Honor Graduate, Completed degree Fall 2020)
Alyson Radford (Honor Graduate)
Chase Reimer
James Simon
Grayson Skinner
Ceeara Staiger (Completed degree Fall 2020)
Casey Vannett
Savanna Walker
Nicole Wangerin (Honor Graduate, Completed degree Fall 2020)
Emma Weder (Completed degree Fall 2020)
Kayla Woods (Valedictorian)
Taylor Woolley
Dana Youngberg
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Wacy Arndt (Small Business Management, Valedictorian)
Carly Candee (Equine Studies, Honor Graduate)
Emily Dale (Information Tech - Graphic & Web Design, Valedictorian)
Reid Fiechtner (Small Business Management, Honor Graduate)
Bobbi Kipf (Small Business Management)
Rebecca Nelson (Equine Studies, Honor Graduate)
Dakota Reis (Small Business Management, Honor Graduate)
Jakim Ricketts (Small Business Management, Valedictorian)
Cole Thomas (Small Business Management)
Jaden Webster (Small Business Management)
Wacy Arndt (Accounting Technician, Valedictorian)
Megan Bartholomew (Accounting Technician)
Amanda Beard (Accounting Technician, Completed degree Fall 2020)
Jazmen Brown (Phlebotomy)
Tyler Eliasson (Agriculture & Equine Studies)
Reid Fiechtner (Accounting Technician, Honor Graduate)
Bobbi Kipf (Accounting Technician)
Dakota Reis (Accounting Technician, Honor Graduate)
Jakim Ricketts (Accounting Technician, Valedictorian)
Savanna Walker (Phlebotomy)
Kathe Zimmerman (Accounting Technician, Honor Graduate)

Miles Community College, located in Miles City, Montana, is a comprehensive community college that promotes student success and lifelong learning through accessible, quality programs and community partnerships. Miles Community College offers credit programs to prepare students for transfer, as well as career and technical programs to prepare students to enter the workforce.