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EAC’s 127th Annual Commencement to be the biggest in the College’s history

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EAC’s 127th Annual Commencement to be the biggest in the College’s history

By Lori Dugan

Thatcher, AZ— Eastern Arizona College’s 127th Annual Commencement Ceremony is set for Friday, May 6, 2016, at EAC’s John Mickelson Stadium at 7:30 p.m., where once again, a record number of candidates for graduation will be on hand. The entire community is welcome to attend this important event in the lives of the 572 candidates for graduation.

The students and the assembled audience of family and well-wishers will be called-to-order by incoming ASEAC student body president, Whitney Larson, followed by the invocation, which will be given by outgoing student body president, Mykelti Udall.

Taking the podium on behalf of the graduating class will be Shaine Moir, a graduate of Safford High School who will be graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.

Carolyn Pursley McCormies, EAC’s director of nursing, will be the faculty speaker. She has roots in the Gila Valley. Her dad grew up in Safford and her mom in Clifton. She went to Thatcher High School and graduated from Eastern Arizona College before moving to the Phoenix area to become a nurse.

The special guest speaker for the evening will be Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan. Moving from the south suburbs of Chicago in 1991, Secretary Reagan adopted Arizona as her second home and learned quickly about the issues that face the state’s businesses each day.

Her career in public service has spanned more than a decade in both houses of the legislature. Recognized as a tireless champion of small business, Reagan was named Chair of the Commerce Committee in the House, and later, Chair of the Economic Development and Jobs Creation Committee in the Senate.

Secretary Reagan’s distinguished career has earned her numerous awards and accolades including: Small Business Guardian from the National Federation of Independent Business, the Eye of the Eagle award from the Arizona Small Business Association, and the Best Legislator in 2008 from the Arizona Capitol Times magazine. Additionally, she was named one of the 50 most Influential Women in Arizona by AZBusiness Magazine in 2013.

Secretary Reagan is a graduate of Illinois State University and was named by the Aspen Institute to its prestigious Rodel Fellowship, a program designed to bring together elected officials who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.

Concluding Friday evening’s commencement ceremony will be the conferring of Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, Associate of General Studies, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees to the graduation candidates.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, the EAC Alumni Association is holding its Annual Alumni Banquet in the main dining hall of the Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center beginning at 5 p.m. Members of the EAC class of 1966 and this year’s graduates and guests are invited to attend. The alumni association will be giving special recognition to members of EAC’s class of ’66.

For questions concerning commencement call Dr. Randall Skinner, the commencement director, at 428-8252. For questions regarding the Alumni Banquet, contact the EAC Alumni Association at 428-8295.