MCC gearing up for 2022 Commencement ceremony

Published by The Bee News

May 10, 2022

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MOHAVE COUNTY – Mohave Community College is preparing for its 51st Commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, May 13 at The Anderson Fieldhouse, 3663 Bullhead Pkwy.  

MCC is awarding over 600 students with degrees and certificates in 2022. Longtime MCC English faculty on the Kingman campus, Dr. John Kitts, will have the honor of being Macebearer.  Dr. Kitts has been the commencement announcer for many years and this will be a special commencement for him because he is retiring this year after 26 years at MCC.  

The 2022 Commencement Student Speaker is Mailisa MacNally. She is a Dental Hygiene student and will earn her Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene degree. MacNally will have the honor of speaking in front of her peers and sharing words of encouragement as they go on to a university or join the workforce. 

Tenny McWilliams has been named the Ellen Licari Service to Students Award. At Commencement she will be recognized for her positive influence on students. She is a Student Success Coach at the MCC Bullhead City campus where she provides support, inspiration and motivation for students.  

This year students will hear from Nancy Mongeau, Commencement guest speaker.  She retired from the BHHS Legacy Foundation where she served as the Vice President of Program Development for the Tri-State Region for 15 years. 

MCC Founders Award recipients will be recognized during the ceremony. This year’s recipients are Dr. Judy Selberg, Vance Miller and Nancy Mongeau. They have been selected for their outstanding service to the College and community.  

During the ceremony, Dr. Stacy Klippenstein will announce which student will be the recipient of the 2022 Kathy Hodel Most Outstanding Student Award.  

The Kathy Hodel Most Outstanding Student Award was established through an endowment gift to the MCC Foundation. It was provided by Dr. James H. Childe to honor the memory of his friend Kathy Hodel. She passed away in 2018, after a long battle with bone cancer.      

Dr. Childe, a retired attorney and MCC instructor, gave nearly a quarter million dollars to establish the endowment. He chose to use this gift as a way to honor outstanding graduating MCC students, and Kathy for her countless hours and efforts working to help MCC and our local communities. 

Kathy requested everyone remember the importance of service before self, and do what people can to help worthy causes in their own community.   

MCC Commencement is Friday, May 13 at 3:00 p.m.  It will be held at the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse in Bullhead City. 

Get started by filling out the free online application at Summer semester classes start May 23. For more information about becoming an MCC student, visit the college website, stop by a campus near you or call 866-MOHAVECC (1-866-664-2832).

Dr. John Kitts, 2022 MCC Commencement Macebearer. Dr. Kitts has been the commencement announcer for many years and this will be a special commencement for him because he is retiring this year after 26 years at MCC.
Nancy Mongeau, MCC 2022 Commencement Guest Speaker.
Tenny McWilliams, Student Success Coach at Mohave Community College-Bullhead City campus, has been named the 2022 Ellen Licari Service to Students Award winner.
Mailisa MacNally is the 2022 Commencement Student Speaker. She is a Dental Hygiene graduate. After completing her degree at MCC, she’s moving back to Washington to work in a dental office as a hygienist. She plans to attend Eastern Washington University to pursue her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene.


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