NCMC Commencement and Honors Brunch held Saturday, May 4

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North Central Missouri College 2024 Commencement was held on May 4, 2024, with two ceremonies; the morning ceremony at 9:00 a.m. honoring all associate degrees and certificates that are non-nursing, and the afternoon ceremony at 1:00 p.m. honoring nursing certificates, degrees, and pinnings. Both commencement ceremonies were held at the Ketcham Community Center on the Main campus located in Trenton, Missouri. Commencement was also live-streamed at  

2024 marks the 97th NCMC commencement ceremony, with 502 degrees and certificates awarded to 449 individual graduates. 109 associate in arts, 36 associate in arts in teaching, 198 associate in applied science, three associate in general studies, 11 associate in science, and 145 certificates. The average age is 24, with the oldest graduate 59 and the youngest 17. Graduates come from California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Texas, and the countries of Canada, the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Panama, the United States, and Venezuela.  


NCMC graduates were honored in their program for their academic merits, involvement, and leadership in the classroom at the annual Honors brunch
NCMC graduates were honored in their program for their academic merits, involvement, and leadership in the classroom at the annual Honors brunch

Distinguished Alumni and former President of State Fair Community College, Dr. Joanna Anderson, and Mike Poore, CEO of Mosaic Life Care, delivered the commencement addresses. Dr. Anderson spoke at the 9:00 a.m. ceremony and Mike Poore at the 1:00 p.m. ceremony. Faculty Senate President Amy Guthrie led the processional, and the Army National Guard 548th Transportation Company presented the colors. Faculty Marshals included Sarah Bird, Maryellen Harman, Korynn Skipper, Sophia Swink, Janna Ingram, Jack Green, Vel Westbrook, and Abby Bilby. NCMC student Sarabeth Michael sang the national anthem for both ceremonies. Sawyer McCallon, Student Senate President, provided the welcome and invocation for both ceremonies. Dr. Tristan Londre, Vice President of Academic Affairs, presented the class. Dr. Lenny Klaver, President, conferred the degrees alongside the President of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Kristen Alley, Vice President of Student Affairs, led the turning of the tassel, while Chris Hoffman, trustee and alumnus, welcomed the alumni.

The Vicki Wheeler Honors Brunch was held on Saturday, recognizing twenty-two NCMC graduates for their accomplishments. The NCMC Outstanding Student Award is given annually to one student in each degree program, selected by faculty based on academic merits, campus involvement, and leadership in the classroom.

Honored Students Table

Kelsey GiblerAssociate in ArtsTrentonMO
Craig SchachteleAssociate in ScienceLexingtonMO
Kaylor FarrisAssociate in Arts in TeachingTrentonMO
Joshua EckertAgriculture & Natural Resources, AASChillicotheMO
Brenna PierceCriminal Justice, AASLamoniIA
Kaci PersellBusiness, AASTrentonMO
Gannon PhelanComputer Science & Information Systems, AASOregonMO
Kody CokerhamApplied Technology, AASMeadvilleMO
Jaclyn PappertEarly Childhood, AASConception JunctionMO
Alexis BrownBehavioral Health Support, AASUnionvilleMO
Ethan ShirkIndustrial Technology, AASClarksdaleMO
Michael JonesMedical Lab Technician, AASChillicotheMO
Madisen HaysMedical Assistant, AASChillicotheMO
Areona HamiltonOccupational Therapy Assistant, AASBethanyMO
Morgan FinleySurgical Technology, AASHardinMO
Jaycie GriffinRadiology Technician, AASTrentonMO
Mackenzie MeekAssociate Degree of Nursing – TrentonOsbornMO
Roy BabcockAssociate Degree of Nursing – SavannahSaint JosephMO
Blake RobertsAssociate Degree of Nursing – OnlineNovingerMO
Brylie BrincksPractical Nursing Certificate – TrentonRosendaleMO
Mia RoushPractical Nursing Certificate – SavannahMaryvilleMO
Kaitlin GosslingPractical Nursing Certificate – BethanyStanberryMO


The NCMC Honors brunch is named after longtime NCMC faculty, the late Vicki Wheeler.

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