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STLCC Commencement Slated for May 21 at Scottrade Center
May 05, 2011
More than 2,800 degrees and certificates will be conferred at St. Louis Community College’s commencement exercises Saturday, May 21, at Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave.
Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. A total of 2,326 associate degrees and 508 certificates will be conferred. Students who completed bachelor’s degrees through programs between STLCC and both Central Methodist University and Southeast Missouri State University also will receive diplomas during the ceremonies.
The college also will recognize U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. during the ceremonies.
Student speakers will be:
Lauren Baker (Frontenac, Mo.), who will graduate with honors from Meramec with an associate degree in general transfer studies. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year institutions, and volunteers regularly with youth in the foster system. Baker plans to attend Saint Louis University to study speech and language pathology. Her long-term goals include specializing in early intervention therapies for children who have autism.
Joshua Golden (St. Louis, Mo.), who will receive an associate degree in general transfer studies from Florissant Valley. While balancing school and three part-time jobs, Golden manages to devote time to campus and community service. He is the regional vice president for Phi Theta Kappa. He also is a writer for the campus newspaper, the Forum, and serves as a peer tutor in the campus science and math center. Golden also volunteers at the YMCA, where he works to develop and facilitate a teen club for inner city youth. He plans to attend Washington University and study political science and psychology.
Margaret Grant (Chesterfield, Mo.), who will receive associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts from Forest Park. Grant, who graduates with a 4.0 grade-point average, is a member Phi Theta Kappa, the St. Louis chapter of Chefs de Cuisine and the American Culinary Federation. She also competed for the “Hot Foods Team” that was a two-time winner of the Student Culinary Challenge at East Central College. Grant, who works for a local catering company, also teaches gluten-free baking classes through STLCC’s continuing education program and hopes to market her gluten-free bread recipe. Grant hopes to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education so that she can teach one day.
Jackie Stevens (Pacific, Mo.), who will receive an associate degree in general transfer studies from Wildwood. A member of Phi Theta Kappa, Stevens has been on the Dean’s List in recognition of her academic achievement. She participated in the STLCC Study Abroad program last fall, taking classes at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, England. Stevens plans to attend Maryville University and major in rehabilitation services. She has been awarded the Barat Transfer Scholarship and the Phi Theta Kappa Award by Maryville. Her long-term goal is to earn a master’s degree and become a rehabilitation counselor.