Friday, May 08, 2009

Community College Community: Tonight's the Night

It all comes together tonight ... all the plans, all the work and - especially among the students - all the hopes, and the dreams.

The 36th Commencement at Midland College kicks-off tonight at seven o'clock, at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. It's the culmination of an especially-busy period around the school where I work, and it's been an 'all-hands' effort, with many of us taking on added tasks and responsibilities, doing our part to make this evening come together for our grads.

And while Commencement is the primary end-of-year event, it's far from the only event. Earlier this week, the annual Pinning Ceremony honored West Texas newest nursing program graduates. We've also had recitals by MC music students, the presentation of the Hilda Simmons Levitt Awards to student poets, and the awarding of grants to local non-profits by MC's Students In Philanthropy.

It's been a busy time in our Athletics Department, too, with several exciting seasons (during the spring, it's men's and women's basketball, golf, softball and baseball) leading to appearances in conference, regional and national tournaments.

And in spite of the hectic pace of late, we've kept in touch with our community, hosting a number of events in recent weeks, including the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the Hospice Teleconference, an Earth Day Fun Fair, and a competition for trebuchet teams from local schools.

A busy few weeks at the end of another great year. And it all comes together at the Chap Center in just a few hours ... tonight's the night!

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