MHCC Graduates Celebrate Milestone

Posted June 28, 2013 

More than 600 students participated in graduation and commencement ceremonies June 14 and 15 at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).

William Miller, president of Associated Student Government (ASG ) encouraged fellow graduates to dream big and set their goals high. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars,” he said, quoting Les Brown. Miller plans to earn a bachelor’s degree, possibly a master’s and someday reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Brandy Church and Matilde Flores each spoke at the ceremony for General Educational Development (GED) and Adult High School Diploma (AHSD). Church offered this advice for others who may be considering re-starting their education: “Don’t let the naysayers hold you back! Your future is worth it!”

Flores inspired others with her personal story of setting goals and overcoming challenges. Of her time at MHCC, she said, “There were times when I doubted myself, yet I didn’t give up, thanks to the support and encouragement of my family, friends and Mt. Hood Community College employees.”

Michael Hay, who is retiring as president of MHCC, spoke at both ceremonies. “’An unknown author said: ‘We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.’ As a former US Naval officer and navigator, that message really resonates with me. You have each learned valuable lessons and acquired the skills to adjust the sails and succeed. This ability to set goals, follow-through and be resourceful will serve you well in your next steps, whether you choose to pursue a college degree, seek employment or follow your dreams down some other path. Congratulations on achieving this important milestone! I hope each of you will continue to seek new knowledge and expand your intellectual horizons by becoming a life-long learner!”

Congratulations to all the graduates and their family members!

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