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MVC sends 245 grads into the world

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Thomas Dyer, a Missouri Valley College graduate and professor emeritus at the University of Georgia, delivers the commencement address at the 119th MVC graduation ceremony Saturday, May 3.
With tassles fluttering and caps occasionally tossed by gusty winds Saturday, May 3, Missouri Valley College marked the passage through its halls of 245 graduates.

"People say I'm windy, but I didn't bring this," said Wayne Crawford, delivering greetings from the MVC Board of Trustees.

Balloons add to the festive atmosphere as 245 Missouri Valley College seniors participated in the college's commencement ceremony.
Crawford noted the importance of the occasion not only for students but for their families.

"There is no prouder moment for some families than to see their son or daughter graduate from college," he said.

And he urged graduates to remember to thank their families for their support.

"When this graduation is over you have an opportunity to thank your family -- don't mess this up," he said.

Stiff winds whipped flags and sent more than one mortarboard cap sailing Saturday, May 3, during the commencement ceremony at Missouri Valley College.
James Justus delivered greetings from the senior class. He congratulated graduates for their persistence.

"We stayed with it and finished what we started," he said.

A number of annual award winners were announced, including the Charles L. Bacon Distinguished Service Award, which went to Samuel Njoroge Njuguna, from Nairobi, Kenya, and to Tammi Elaine Kumpf, from Oxford, Pa.

Marilyn Belwood, faculty senate president, received the excellence in teaching award, and Diane Weinrich received the president's staff excellence award.

An honorary doctorate was awarded to commencement speaker Thomas Dyer, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia.

During his remarks, Dyer told the story of how he came across and purchased an old MVC diploma at an antique store.

It was awarded to a 1923 graduate.

He said the fact that the diploma had landed in a store was a bit sad.

"But the recipient might be pleased to know his diploma would be mentioned here today and will be herished at least as long as its purchaser is around," he said.

He noted that the campus is much more diverse than it was when the 1923 diploma was awarded.

But that diversity has enriched the education students receive, Dyer said.

He urged graduates to continue their learning.

"Learn why the world wags and what wags it," he said.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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