The Susanville Choral Society belted out the national anthem at Lassen Community College Sports complex on Friday, May 25 in celebration of LCC’s 2018 graduates.
Superintendent and President Dr. Marlon Hall commended the 116 students for their perseverance and commitment, which brought them to this juncture.
Hall also recognized Motare Ngiratmab as Alumnus of the Year with warm appreciation for his contributions to student success.
Two retiring faculty members were congratulated on their many years of accomplishments; Sue Mouck and Nancy Bengoa-Beterbide were presented with gift certificates. Hall conveyed gratitude for their many years at LCC.
Additionally, Hall announced that the John McCollum Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Tiler Whiteaker, who received an AA in social science and business administration.
Guest speaker Joe Wyse, superintendent/president of the Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District gave the commencement speech, which focused on character and work ethic.
Wyse advised, “Do your job better than you would want it done by others.
Even and especially, when no one is looking.” And, “ … Be careful in what you promise and always keep your word.”
Student speaker Johnny Rasnic advised, “Engage your mind with the world around you.”
Lassen Community College clearly provided that opportunity as evidenced by the gathering of graduates, which hailed from as far away as Brazil and Germany and ranged in age from 18 to 60.
Alyssa Mineau, 18, a third-generation LCC graduate — urged, “Remember this exhilaration of victory!” Mineau also opined, “One fantastic thing about Lassen College is our diversity. You’ll see students on our campus who are still in high school, and others who have children of their own.”
Consider Tatiana Malena Ybarra; the first person in her family to graduate from college and mother of three young boys.
With her husband by her side, Ybarra acknowledged that family support was essential in fulfilling her goals. Her grandmother and great-grandmother were present to witness the graduation as well.
The list of accomplishments and degrees acknowledged in this ceremony inspired a feeling of pride for our community. Lassen Community College has altered the stories of many lives and the journey is still unfolding.
Another student speaker, Kelly Noelle Rosales Henry, expressed, “LCC has fresh air and wide, open spaces and friendly adults who remember you … mark my words, this little community will give you everything, as long as you have the courage to ask.”