State Technical College of Missouri held its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7 for the 2016 graduating class. Over 425 students participated in the graduation ceremony held at the State Tech Activity Center.
State Tech President Dr. Donald Claycomb gave the keynote address. Prior to speaking, Claycomb was presented an honorary degree by Board of Regents President John Klebba. “It is a State Tech custom to call upon an alum of the college to deliver the commencement address,” said Klebba. “This year is no exception.”
During his address, Claycomb reminded the students of the formula for success he had shared with them on their first day at State Tech. Claycomb stated that to successfully complete a program and become profitably employed after graduation a student at State Tech needs to attend classes, work hard and handle their problems themselves as an adult.
“Evidently you did those things,” he stated. “The essence of that formula will apply to you the rest of your working life.”
Claycomb encouraged graduates to work with both their head and their hands. “You’ve been prepared to do both,” he stated. “The person who does both will succeed at a high level.”
During the commencement ceremonies, John Atkinson and Brian Schultz received the President’s Award. The President’s Award is given based on the student’s demonstration of leadership, citizenship, character and service to the college. Atkinson graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Distribution Systems. Schultz graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
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