CMC graduates more than 150
Vail, CO Colorado
EDWARDS, Colorado – The day of graduation is a day filled with emotion – all of the time, effort, studying, financial stress of going to college, energy and dreams of someday graduating become a memory, and the dreams of what the future holds become a reality.
For the graduates of Colorado Mountain College, Saturday was their day to shine and think about their futures. The theme of the graduation was to “be the change you wish to see,” inspired by the quote from Gandhi.
Peggy Curry, chief executive officer of the Edwards CMC campus, told graduates Saturday that this accomplishment carries great value because it expands the possibilities for the future.
Colorado Mountain College handed out more than 150 associate degrees and professional certificates Saturday, and for many of the graduates, the journey has only just begun.
Jessica Trujillo, for example, hasn’t even graduated from Eagle Valley High School yet but she walked across the stage at Battle Mountain High School on Saturday and accepted her Associate of Arts diploma from CMC.
Trujillo represents the very kind of education CMC provides – an education where busy people within the community can make the time to pursue their goals. Trujillo, 18, a busy high school student, took dual-enrollment classes and has just one summer class left before she officially earns her degree.
She has her sights set on Regis University, which she plans to attend this fall, and then perhaps law school after that.
Trujillo said it feels awesome to not only graduate but also to know she saved her parents some money.
Nayeli Hernandez earned her Associate of Arts business degree Saturday and gave the graduate address. She talked about challenging fear and how making it to graduation means all of the graduates have already done exactly that.
“The bad new is there are more challenges to come the rest of our lives,” Hernandez said.
But that shouldn’t stop anyone from continuing to pursue their dreams, she said. It’s time to leave the past behind and be responsible for the future, she said.
“It’s normal for you to fear what you don’t know,” Hernandez said. “Now it’s in our hands to decide how to form our own destiny.”
Graduates such as Rebecca McFarland already have their destinies in mind – McFarland told faculty that she plans to be the first person to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Edwards CMC campus, which will begin offering bachelor’s degree programs in the fall.
State Rep. Millie Hamner, who was appointed to the state House of Representatives in the fall when Christine Scanlan went to work for the governor’s office, gave the commencement address and told students the best way to be the change they want to see is to care about what they do in life.
“You’ve already demonstrated that you care by being here today,” Hamner said. “Your journey continues as you receive your diplomas and certificates.”
Associate of Arts
Associate of Arts, Business
Associate of Arts, Early Childhood Education
Associate of Arts, Elementary Education, Mesa State Agreement
Juana Palacios Serna
Associate of Science
Associate of Science, Biology
Associate of Science, Environmental Science
Associate of Arts, Visual Arts
Associate of General Studies
Associate of Applied Science, Culinary Arts
Associate of Applied Science, Early Childhood Education
Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
John Avery II
Walter Hutton III
Associate of Applied Science, Fire Science Technology
Associate of Applied Science, Medical Assistant
Associate of Applied Science, Resource Management
Certificate, A+ Computer Technician
Certificate, Automotive Service Technology, Brakes
Certificate, Automotive Service, Technology, Suspension and Steering
Certificate, Certified Nurse Assistant
Certificate, Culinary Arts, Apprentice Cook
Certificate, Early Childhood Education, Director
Certificate, Early Childhood Education, Group Leader
Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
Amelia Van Dyke
Certificate, Real Estate