CMC grads ready to realize their dreams
Colorado Mountain College Rifle graduates of 2017 are ready to don their robes and slide their tassels to the left for graduation Friday.
With a class full of inspiring and heartwarming stories, nationally recognized philanthropist and author Carrie Morgridge will be the keynote speaker. In combination with Morgridge’s speech, the Morgridge family will receive an honorary CMC degree, a bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies-elementary education, because of their leadership and contributions to education.
Among the students graduating on Friday will be Marcy Sheppard, 67-year-old mother of three with 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who is the first person in her family to attend college, according to a CMC news release. She will graduate with an accounting degree and plans to open a bookkeeping and tax service. She already has clients lined up.
“I was never told in high school that higher education was important,” she said. “In my first semester I got straight A’s and I was amazed. … I can see that this is going to happen, and never in my life did I think I could accomplish that.”
Sheppard hopes that her accomplishment Friday will encourage the rest of her family to follow in her footsteps.
While Morgridge is slated to be the keynote speaker, she will share the stage with student speaker Jesus Salgado.
Salgado was 12 when he left Mexico with his family in 2006 and is covered by the Obama-era executive order, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, that allows qualified undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year exemption from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
For Salgado, that meant he could stay in the U.S. to study and work. He will be receiving an associate of science degree in biology and was recently accepted into the CMC nursing program.
“I want to be a surgeon,” Salgado said. “In two years, I’ll be a nurse, then I’ll apply for medical school. … Being a doctor seems like a noble profession, to want to help make people’s lives better. No matter the circumstances, you can dream.”
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