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NMC confers 229 degrees to 218 graduates

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NORTHERN Marianas College last week conferred 229 degrees to this year’s 218 graduates — one of the largest classes in NMC history, according to NMC Interim President Frankie Eliptico. 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the strict social-distancing directive by the government, NMC has postponed in-person graduation ceremony until December.

Part of commemorating the graduates’ achievements, NMC showed a video, which featured congratulatory messages from Eliptico, NMC Board of Regents Chairman Charles Cepeda, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, Lt. Gov. Arnold Palacios, U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna, NMC officials and faculty staff members.

The video also featured the graduates’ photos with the honors and degrees they earned.

The associate degrees awarded were in the following areas: Business, Liberal Arts, Business Administration (Accounting, Business Management or Computer Applications Emphasis), Criminal Justice, Hospitality Management, Natural Resource Management, and Nursing.

The bachelor degrees awarded were in Business Management (or business management with accounting concentration) and in Education (with emphasis in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Rehabilitation and Human Services, or Special Education).

“This has class been through it all — you name it, super typhoons, economic hardships, and now a pandemic,” Eliptico said. “While the NMC class of 2020 has seen unprecedented challenges and disasters, the graduates have risen above all of those, above anything that they’ve been asked to confront, and they faced these head on, with courage, with passion, with grit and with untiring determination.”

Malyssa Castro, a graduate of Northern Marianas College, poses with her family. NMC graduated one of its largest classes last week. The official graduation ceremony has been postponed, but the college commemorated the achievement of the students.  NMC photo

NMC Board of Regents Chairman Charles Cepeda thanked the graduates for being an inspiration to other students and to the community.

Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios assured the graduates that the government will support them as they transition their journey from college to career life.

“Graduating from college is a big achievement, many of the graduates overcame challenges along the way, including Super Typhoon Yutu and Covid-19,” said Governor Torres. “Congratulations class of 2020. We are proud of you, continue to be Marianas Strong.”

U.S. Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan advised the graduates to keep on learning. “Stay involved in the decisions that shape our future. Volunteer. Vote. Share your unique gifts to make the world a better place.”

Tan Holdings Corp. president and CEO Jerry Tan joined the community in congratulating the NMC Class of 2020. “Graduation is a milestone…learning never stops.”

Dr. Ada said the Class of 2020 will always be known as the class that overcame the odds.

“Congratulations to NMC’s Class of 2020, what an inspiration especially during challenging times,” said CHCC CEO Esther Muna.

In an earlier interview, Eliptico said NMC remained committed to its students by continuing to support their learning even in the midst of the pandemic. “NMC migrated its Spring 2020 classes to a virtual, online platform when its campuses were closed because of COVID-19.”

eliptico likewise thanked the NMC faculty and staff members. He also acknowledged T Galleria by DFS president Marian Aldan-Pierce and the company for contributing gift boxes that NMC used for the graduates’ graduation gowns and caps.

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