EAC holds 127th commencement ceremony
By Todd Haynie
Thatcher, AZ—John Mickelson Stadium was once again filled with families and friends gathered for Eastern Arizona College’s 127th annual commencement exercises held the evening of May 6. The graduating class at the event was the largest in the history of Eastern Arizona College with 572 candidates for graduation.
In addition to the traditional portions of the event, the audience heard comments from a number of individuals, including a welcome from EAC President Mark Bryce and remarks from the president of EAC’s Alumni Association, George Lord, who welcomed EAC’s newest alumni into the College’s Alumni Association.
The guest speaker for the evening was Arizona Secretary of State, Michele Reagan. Also taking the podium to speak was class representative, Shaine Moir, and faculty representative, Carolyn McCormies.
Michele Reagan assumed the Secretary of State office in January of 2015 for a four-year term expiring in January 2019. Before becoming Secretary of State, she was a state lawmaker for 12 years, having served in the Arizona State Senate, and as a member of the Arizona House of Representatives.
As Arizona Secretary of State, Reagan is responsible for publishing state laws and rules, serving as the chief election officer and overseeing the registration of Arizona business partnerships and trademarks, among a host of other duties. One of the office’s unique features is its role as first in line of succession to the governorship.
Secretary of State Reagan was born in Rockford, Illinois, and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Illinois State University. She has earned numerous awards and accolades during her years of service 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 Arizona Capitol Times magazine.
Additionally, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona by AZBusiness Magazine in 2013.
A reception in honor of the graduates followed the ceremony at the Gila Hanks Pavilion on the grounds of the stadium.
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