Secretary Jay Ashcroft and Dr. Albert Cross are NCMC 2018 Commencement Speakers

NCMC 2018 Commencement Speakers

Secretary Jay Ashcroft, serving as Secretary of State for Missouri and Dr. Albert Cross, retired medical doctor and former NCMC board trustee will give the commencement addresses at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri on May 5, 2018. Secretary Ashcroft will speak at the 9:00 a.m. morning ceremony and Dr. Cross will be the 1:00 p.m. afternoon speaker. Both ceremonies will take place at the Ketcham Community Center on the NCMC campus near downtown Trenton.

Jay Ashcroft is Missouri’s 40th Secretary of State, serving areas such as business, investor protection, operating the State Library and State Archives, and as the States Chief Elections Official. 

Secretary Ashcroft earned a bachelor and master’s degree in engineering management from Missouri University of Science and Technology and is a graduate of St. Louis University School of Law. He holds multiple certifications in the challenging arena of citizen privacy and data protection, essential to securing our state’s elections. Secretary Ashcroft’s vision includes rebuilding confidence in our elections, restoring relationships with local election authorities, and working to streamline our business laws and reduce government red tape to attract new jobs in Missouri.

Secretary Ashcroft and his wife Katie have four children, three sons, and one daughter.

Dr. Albert Cross graduated from Gilman City High School and then served his country during the Korean War. After his service, he received his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and practiced medicine in Trenton for more than 32 years.

In 1966, NCMC LPN students began rotating through his medical office gaining experience and clinical learning opportunities. Through the years, Dr. Cross and his wife continued to support NCMC nursing/health science students with annual scholarships, mentorship, and giving.

After his retirement, Dr. Cross remained active in the community and NCMC. Dr. Cross has been an NCMC Trustee, involved with the NCMC Foundation, and a member of the Advisory Board for Allied Health.

The Cross Allied Health Building on the NCMC campus is named in honor of Dr. Cross and his late wife, Vera. Through their generosity, NCMC students have a state of the art learning facility.

Dr. Cross and his wife Carol make it their goal to invest and make a difference in the lives of students at North Central Missouri College. They are strong advocates for higher education, NCMC, and community college. Their contributions, kindness, and impact will last for generations to come.

North Central Missouri College is honored to have both guests as commencement speakers and appreciate their commitment to providing graduates professional and thoughtful advice for their future endeavors.

We have a complete list of 2018 NCMC Graduates.