2019 commencement celebrates success
KLAMATH FALLS — Klamath Community College’s 2019 commencement ceremony was held Friday and celebrated nearly 150 KCC students earning a college degree or certificate.
Klamath Community College’s 2019 commencement ceremony was held Friday and celebrated nearly 150 KCC students earning a college degree or certificate.
Oregon Rep. E. Werner Reschke, the event’s keynote speaker, imparted three nuggets of advice to the graduates: “keep listening,” “substance over style,” and “be polite and patient — the double p’s.”
“In the business of politics, as well as my time in private industry, the times I have done my best work is when I have first listened to others, even to those who I thought were wrong, or those with whom I may disagree,” Reschke said. “If you want to be valuable in the workplace, if you want to be successful with your career — if you want success in life — keep listening; never stop learning.”
Reshke also advised the graduates to master the skill of being polite and patient — traits that will foster partnerships and success in personal and professional matters.
“If you master the skill of being polite and patient in your real-life interactions, especially in the workplace, you will attain a strong advantage. People want to be with, work with, and work for, those who have integrity, those who are polite, fair, and patient,” he said.
KCC President Dr. Roberto Gutierrez acknowledged the transformation students often undergo while earning a degree and said the graduates are likely just learning what they are capable of as they start a new stage in life’s journey. He noted that valuing teamwork and partnerships is ingrained in all levels of KCC’s culture, for students, staff, and faculty, alike.
“I hope 30 years from now when you reflect on this day, you see some of these values in yourself,” Gutierrez said.
KCC Vice President of Student Services Allison Bryson acknowledged Angeles “Ruby” Mercado-Aguilar and Jazmin Hall for overcoming significant obstacles in earning their degrees. Aguilar, who took KCC classes at the Innovation and Learning Center in Lakeview, a faced language barriers in high school and now helps other ESL students learn to speak, read, and write English.
“Even when unexpected and difficult life challenges got in the way, Ruby did not give up,” Bryson said.
Hall navigated her college experience while managing cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and asthma.
“These challenges, at times, have affected her attendance at school. Yet, she did not let them stop her from working hard to reach her goals,” Bryson said.
Gutierrez said he is confident that all the graduates have, or will, find a way to turn struggles into strengths.
“For many of you, your college experience has resulted in something much more than a degree. It is a chance for a new beginning, and a pathway to approach opportunity and change,” he said.
Klamath Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Veteran/ADA institution embracing diversity. We encourage and welcome women, minority, veteran, and disabled candidates.