Iowa Central Community College sees nearly 500 grads in ceremony
Iowa Central Community College’s 50th annual commencement honored 496 graduating students on Friday, May 6th. A procession extended across the Iowa Central Fort Dodge Campus that took 20 minutes to enter and packed the John Hodges Field House and two large over flow audio/visual sites.
The evening’s program followed tradition with a welcome by college President Dan Kinney.
He wished the graduates well and encouraged them to return and keep in touch.
“We’re sincere in urging you to return,” he said. “You’ll always be welcome at Iowa Central.”
Mark Crimmins, president of the college’s Board of Trustees, also welcomed the graduates.
He too wished those going into the workforce or going on to continue their education, well.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees,” he said. “Thank you for letting Iowa Central be a part of your education.”
Student speakers Ben Kenobbie, the Student Senate President, and Alex Jackson, both spoke to their fellow graduates.
“Stop for a second and look around you,” Kenobbie said. “You might see a face you recognize, a family member, a friend or even a complete stranger. What you won’t see is the one that stayed motivated—that one, is you. “
Jackson gave an animated speech.
“We’ve worked for two or three years for a simple piece of paper,” he said. “Not that Dr. Kinney’s signature won’t be one of my most treasured possessions, but it’s not about the degree. The people here, they care for us.”
“I loved the diversity and the small town feel,” he said. “In an eight hour day I get to see people from all around the world.”
He also encouraged his peers to keep exploring.
“I believe we’re here for a reason and that we all have certain gifts,” he said. “They may be active or dormant, just go with it. Work hard in whatever path is before you.”
The graduates included a wide number of programs, ages, and interests.
Buena Vista County and the surrounding area Iowa Central Community College graduates Friday night were:
Doua Yang, Storm Lake
Manuel Magana, Storm Lake; Deon Parkhurst, Storm Lake
Brian Stamp, Early
Kelly Zeman, Laurens
Mark Fagerness, Pocahontas; Wyatt Lawman, Laurens; Edgar Granados, Storm Lake
Maria Alvarez, Storm Lake; Bethany Brown, Pocahontas; Laurentine Dennis, Storm Lake; Nyamuoch Duoth, Storm Lake; Jasmine Espinoza, Auburn; Tiffany Jarmuzek, Meriden; Katherine Jovel, Storm Lake; Maratin Knutson, Alta; Brea Kruse, Holstein; Jennifer Lampe, Early; Kasandra Mendoza, Varina; Taylor Miller, Nemaha; Lexi Moon, Storm Lake; Raquel Najera Pantoja, Storm Lake; Ashley Specht, Marcus; Josie Vaughn, Anthon; Angela Zupp, Pierson
Brandon Martin, Sac City, Luis Santillan, Storm Lake, Shaunda Talk, Lake View
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Karlie Mandernach, Odebolt,
Associate Degree Nursing
Shelbey Babcock, Battle Creek; Lindsey Bruce, Aurelia; Velvet Buford, Cherokee; Stephanie Cady, Albert City; Melody Downey, Cherokee; Samantha Farrenkopf, Rembrandt; Mary C. Flanigan, Early; Nicole Foote, Sac City; Dominic Gliko, Alta; Tiffany Hefner, Schaller; Stephanie Hoppe, Wall Lake; Shallene Kragel, Schaller; Benjamin Magee, Storm Lake; Jennifer Moral, Storm Lake; Jenna Ramirez, Storm Lake; Kaysie Vauble, Aurelia; Lacey Vazquez-McCoy, Early; Morgan Vega, Storm Lake;
Automotive Collision Technology
Tavian Pritchard, Sioux Rapids
Automotive Restoration Technology
Jordon Dornath, Odebolt
Eduardo Arreola, Storm Lake; Michael Hawley, Laurens; Austin Schwint, Storm Lake; Devin Tripp, Sioux Rapids
Devin Taylor, Storm Lake
Computer Networking Technology
Kelvin Campe, Cherokee; Gavin Freking, Storm Lake
Daniel Ramirez Villa, Schaller
Gregory Bergen, Albert City; Matt Botine, Storm Lake; Trevor Larson, Storm Lake; Justin Valentine, Laurens; Adam Voss, Fonda; Derik West, Peterson; Jebb Winegarden, Pocahontas
Electrical Mechanical Technician
Mark Fagerness, Pocahontas
Jose Luis Gaytan Gonzalez, Storm Lake; Tyler Jacobsen, Wall Lake; Viengdalay Keophanya, Storm Lake; Kelby Wunschel, Holstein
Emergency Medical Paramedic
Luke Winkelman, Rockwell City
Engineering and Design Technology
Tristan Bainum, Alta
Charlotte Webb, Palmer
Medical Laboratory Technician
Meghan Pitstick, Rockwell City
Supply Chain Management
Dionne Pamon, Storm Lake
Charlotte Webb, Palmer
Associate of Science-Career Option Degree
Associate of Professional Studies Degree
Ashley Albers, Holstein; Katia Gonzalez, Fonda
Bobbie Bass, Fonda
Health Care Administration
Tricia Zuetlau, Pocahontas
Yamilex Iraheta, Storm Lake; Maria Magana, Lakeside
Associate of Science Degree
Keng Khang, Storm Lake
Associate of Arts Degree
Stephanie Alanis, Storm Lake; Eriberto Flores, Storm Lake; Abril Garcia-Juarez, Storm Lake; Megan Hammen, Storm Lake; Khoi Hoang, Storm Lake; Oswaldo Huato, Storm Lake; Rebekah Johnson, Sioux Rapids; Jessica Juarez, Sioux Rapids; Keng Khang, Storm Lake; Jennifer Launderville, Alta; Preston Mandernach, Storm Lake; Wendy Marquez, Schaller; Megan McKeever, Sac City; Brenda Mero, Storm Lake; Manuel Murillo, Alta; Rachael Murphy, Fonda; Ana Neri, Storm Lake; Kimberly Oliva, Storm Lake; Jessica Pierce, Sac City; Sophia Roland, Storm Lake; Caelin Schrank, Newell; Heather Speers, Storm Lake; Stephanie Stange, Aurelia; Kayla Strand, Sioux Rapids; Laura Teos Garcia, Storm Lake; TaBe Thar, Storm Lake; Naomi Torres, Storm Lake; Roberto Torres, Fonda; Veronica Tyson, Alta; Khou Vang, Storm Lake; Lindsay Velez, Storm Lake; Fawn Wadsley, Laurens; Holly Wampler, Sac City
High School Equivalency Diploma:
Kevin Bergen, Storm Lake; Dustin Castro, Fonda; Indi Curiel, Cherokee; Prince Egbuchulam, Storm Lake; Lisbeth Escobar, Storm Lake; Allison Feller, Rembrandt; Maria Garner, Alta; Elsa Gonzales, Storm Lake; Maricela Gonzalez, Storm Lake; Abraham Harms, Storm Lake; Liliana Hernandez, Storm Lake; Sa Aye Htoo, Storm Lake; Naomi Knight, Storm Lake; Samantha Laine, Storm Lake; Christine Orenday, Sioux Rapids; Kendra Peters, Storm Lake; Abilence Phiakham, Storm Lake; Seth Riley, Early; Spencer Schultz, Storm Lake; Ashley Sievers, Storm Lake; Jacqueline Tuggle, Early; Alejandro Vargas, Storm Lake