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Over 380 students participate in State Tech commencement

State Technical College of Missouri held its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10 for the 2014 graduating class. Over 380 students participated in the graduation ceremony held at the State Tech Activity Center.

State Tech alumnus, Mike Ely, a Networking Systems Technology graduate gave the keynote address. He encouraged graduates to work hard.  Growing up on a farm, Ely learned at a very young age the importance of hard work.   Ely explained that as a firefighter it is very difficult to climb a ladder with his hands in his pockets and that this holds true if you want to climb the ladder of success.  “You will have to pull your hands out of your pockets to climb and your hands may get dirty in the process,” stated Ely. 

“Do not be afraid to fail,” said Ely.  “The things that go wrong are also the things that lead to other things going right.”   Ely suggested the graduates surround themselves with positive people and pick a dream trusting that they will achieve it.

During the commencement ceremonies, Bryce Monroig of Krakow, MO received the President’s Award. Monroig graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Machine Tool Technology.  He will apply his technical skills at GH Tool & Mold in Washington, MO.

Monroig recently placed first in the fourth annual #BOOM pitch entrepreneurial competition.  His noise and vibration dampening bow accessory was awarded $5,000 in start-up and production funding.   Monroig was active on campus, serving in numerous leadership roles.  His direction and oversight of Intramural duties for the Student Government Association allowed for 12 different sports to be offered this year.  In Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), Monroig served as the Vice President, playing a major role in completing the Honors in Action Project, an advocacy campaign encouraging students to balance their time between hunting and attending classes.  He also actively participated in the College Project which established a campus food pantry for students in need.  Both projects received awards at PTK’s Regional Convention.

State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only state technical college. Hands-on technical courses balanced with a strong foundation in communication, problem solving, decision-making and critical thinking prepare graduates for profitable employment and a life of learning. 

On July 1, 2014, State Technical College of Missouri’s name will change to the State Technical College of Missouri.  This name change better reflects our statewide role in technical education.  


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