Education

More than 600 McHenry County College students graduate in winter commencement ceremony

‘The excitement in the room was palpable,’ MCC president says

McHenry County College graduated 640 students this winter, who were recognized in a ceremony in the college’s gym in Crystal Lake last Saturday.

In addition to the 443 fall term students who applied for graduation and the 197 students who completed their degrees and certificates over the summer, 13 high school equivalency graduates also were invited to walk in the winter commencement, according to a press release.

Of these students, 115 earned honors or high honors with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.

“We were ecstatic to celebrate the achievements of our graduates safely and in-person again,” MCC President Clint Gabbard said in a statement. “The excitement in the room was palpable. These students should be proud of everything they’ve accomplished, especially given the unique circumstances they’ve had to navigate over the past few years. We have no doubt that they are ready to pursue their next steps, conquer their goals, and make a positive impact in our community.”

Of the 69 different programs represented at the graduation ceremony, it was the Associate of Arts, basic nursing assistant certificate, Associate of Science, automotive electrical certificate and Associate of Arts in occupational therapy assistant programs that produced the most graduates, according to the release.

Saturday’s commencement included an academic procession of graduates, remarks from Gabbard, a student presentation, an overview of honors designations, and presentation of degrees and certificates.

In the week leading up to graduation, students were encouraged to participate in a variety of activities including e-portfolio assistance, Alumni Association signups and fun photo sessions, according to the college.