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Over 300 walk for State Tech Commencement Ceremonies

State Technical College of Missouri held its 48th annual commencement ceremonies for the class of 2012 on Saturday.   Of the 494 students who applied for graduation, a total of 303 graduation candidates walked across the stage during two ceremonies held in the STC Activity Center.

State Tech alumnus, John Scheulen, a 1976 Aviation Technology graduate gave the keynote address at both ceremonies.   Scheulen has been employed by the college for nearly 40 years.   While attending classes, he also served as part-time aviation instructor.   After graduating, Scheulen accepted a full time teaching position at the college and in 1980 he became the chair of the aviation program.  He’s currently the Assessment Coordinator and devotes time to recruitment and outreach for the college.

During his address, Scheulen shared a story about his first visit to Linn Tech’s campus, which was located behind the high school in the early 70s.  Scheulen recalled taking a fifteen minute tour and then getting a phone call two days later telling him that he had been selected for the aviation program.  “What do you mean I have been selected,” Scheulen asked.  “I didn’t even remember filling out an application.” said Scheulen. 

During his speech, Scheulen encouraged the class of 2012 to continue their education.  “Take advantage of all company training, get additional credentials and get involved in professional organizations,” commented Scheulen.  “All these things will further you in your career.” 

Scheulen also recommended the candidates show respect to others, be open-minded about criticism and take responsibility for their mistakes.  “Put the cell phones down and have respect for people by speaking to them face-to-face,” said Scheulen.  “See criticism as an opportunity to improve yourself and recognize your mistakes and learn from them.”

According to State Tech President Dr. Donald Claycomb, John did a great job as usual.  “His advice was right on and his stories were appreciated,” stated Claycomb.

During the commencement ceremonies, Steve Polyak of Tipton, Missouri received the President’s Award.  Polyak, a Design Drafting graduate, was on the Dean’s List; president of the American Public Works Association’s Student Chapter; member of the Associated General Contractors Student Club; a representative of the Student Government Association; a resident assistant for two years, and a member of the Residential Government Association.

In addition to his service to the college, Polyak also logged in over 282 hours of volunteer hours for the college and the community over his two years at the college.   “Steve is the kind of student that is willing to step in to help when someone needs him,” said Dr. Donald Claycomb, State Tech President.  “When we were without a housing director, Steve took on the role of Interim Housing Director until a replacement could be found.”

With more than 35 academic programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning. 

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