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STLCC Commencement Slated for May 17 at Scottrade Center

May 05, 2009

More than 2,300 degrees and certificates will be conferred at St. Louis Community College’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 17, at Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave.

Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m.  A total of 2,016 associate degrees and 349 certificates will be conferred. Student speakers will be:

Debbie Black  
Debbie Black

Debbie Black (Granite City, Ill.), who will receive dual associate degrees in criminal justice and general transfer studies from Forest Park. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, Black also was selected as the 2008 winner of the Breaking Traditions Missouri Postsecondary Student Award, honoring outstanding students who have chosen specific career and technical programs considered nontraditional based on gender. A single mother of five and grandmother of three, Black moved to the St. Louis area from Cutler, Ill., after 30 years as a stay-at-home mother to begin her studies. She will transfer to the University of Missouri-St. Louis to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and hopes to ultimately earn her master’s degree. Black would like to work in a youth home as a youth specialist for the Department of Youth Services and eventually as a deputy juvenile officer. Black currently interns at the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center.

Mary Brennan Meyer  
Mary Brennan Meyer

Mary Brennan Meyer (Ballwin, Mo.), who will receive an associate degree in general transfer studies from Wildwood. She will be the Wildwood campus’s first commencement student speaker. A member of Phi Theta Kappa and Dean’s List honoree, Meyer also received a Board of Trustees Academic Scholarship. Although all four of her children currently are college students, Meyer intends to continue her education as well. She will attend Maryville University in the fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership.

Patricia Medina  
Patricia Medina

Patricia Medina (Creve Coeur, Mo.), who received an associate degree in nursing from Meramec in December 2008. Born and raised in northern Colombia, Medina first came to the United States in 2001 and settled in St. Louis in 2003 to pursue her nursing career. She recently received her board certification and is working as a registered nurse in Cardiac Telemetry at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. In the future, Medina would like to earn a master’s degree, or possibly attend medical school and hopes to use her skills to alleviate the suffering of children in third world countries.

Gabriel Walker  
Gabriel Walker

Gabriel Walker (Ferguson, Mo.), who will receive an associate degree in teacher education-secondary education from Florissant Valley. Walker is an active member of Future Teachers Organization and Service Club. He serves as a vice president of the Student Government Association and as a Peer Leader. He plans to attend UM-St. Louis in the fall to earn a bachelor’s degree secondary education, specializing in history and Spanish. Eventually, Walker hopes to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in public administration.