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404 graduate from MSCTC -- Wadena

by Steve Schulz,


A happy, hopeful 351 students donned a cap, gown and tassel during a graduation ceremony for Minnesota State Community and Technical College -- Wadena last Thursday night. They were part of a graduating class of 404 students in the class of 2007.

Commencement also filled the bleachers of the Wadena-Deer Creek High School gymnasium with more than 700 family members, friends and community members.

It was the largest graduating class in the history of the Wadena campus.

The night's speakers included James Andrie, a Wadena native and 1980 graduate of the construction electricity program, Andrea Altstadt, Student Senate president, Dr. Ann Valentine, MSCTC president, Kathleen Curphy, the local provost, and Mary Rousslang, interim dean of academic affairs and student services.

One of the highlights of the night was the presentation of the most dedicated student award, which was given to Meaghan Holmes. Presenters told the story of when Holmes was in a traffic accident, which resulted in her vehicle being flipped over. Holmes had the vehicle pulled from the ditch, flipped back on its wheels, and she still made it to classes that day at MSCTC.

An emotional Holmes had tears in her eyes as she accepted the award.

Graduates from 35 different programs, as well as general educational development students, received their diplomas May 10.