Congratulations to Spring/Summer 2021 graduates!
The 2021 Virtual Spring Commencement celebrated the students who have earned certificates or degrees. It was an important milestone and the video has had more than 1,000 views!
In addition to the welcomes from President Becky Rowley, Governing Board chair Jack Sullivan and SGA president (and graduate) Ian Widrick Martinez, viewers were treated to words of wisdom from humanitarian Chef José Andrés, Founder of World Central Kitchen. He spoke with deep appreciation about the partnership with SFCC last summer to distribute more than 50,000 meals to the community.
He cited Robert Egger, a Cerrillos resident who helped forge the partnership with SFCC Foundation, as an important mentor and dear friend. He shared Egger’s advice with the graduates: He said often charity is too often about “the redemption of the giver,” when it should be about “the liberation of the receiver.” He said, “This project (at SFCC) demonstrated what’s possible when we think about the liberation of the receiver!”
He concluded, “I invite all of you – the newest graduates – to continue to help your community with the skills you’ve gained at the Santa Fe Community College.”
Congratulations to SFCC’s most recent graduates! SFCC is proud of your accomplishment in what has been an incredibly challenging time. President Becky Rowley, PHD., also thanked the faculty and staff who helped our graduates on their educational journey.
Read more about the SFCC graduating class here. Also visit https://www.sfcc.edu/graduation/ to find a list of graduates and downloadable program. See the terrific video of the virtual commencement here.
Also, a big shout out to the MPR team who worked hard to produce this video particularly Doreen Gallegos, Dorothy Piriz, Sarah Martinez, Roxanne Tapia and Todd Lovato. Also, much gratitude to Bernadette Gonzales, Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos, Mason Kovac, as well all others on the Virtual Commencement Team. Also, thank you to head of the music program Fred Graham for organizing the singing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by members of the last chorus class that met before the pandemic.