For the third consecutive year, the largest class in Western Nevada College history will graduate and enter into the Nevada workforce or continue their educational pursuit at four-year colleges or universities. The class of 2012 is 467 students strong, with a total of 511 degrees being issued. Five students will receive Bachelor of Technology degrees in construction management, and 10 students will graduate with bachelor’s degrees as part of WNC’s teacher preparation partnership with Nevada State College.
Receiving honorary degrees are Donal Hummer, Jr. and Senator Michael McGinness. Hummer has been a member of the WNC Foundation Board since 1998 and served as its chairman from July 2009-June 2011. He spearheaded the committee to build the Ramsdell Playground at WNC’s Child Development Center, helped secure corporate donations to benefit WNC scholarships, and purchased the planet Neptune monument on the Planetary Walkway to benefit the Jack C. Davis Observatory. Hummer supported WNC as a non-paid lobbyist during the 2011 legislative session, and has written numerous articles in support of education, economic development and the workforce.
Michael McGinness has represented central Nevada in the State Legislature for the past 22 years. During his many years of service, Senator McGinness has been a supporter of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and particularly WNC, including partnering with Governor Sandoval and other legislators to find solutions to the funding crisis of 2011. McGinness is a Fallon resident and manager of KVLV Radio.
Commencement ceremonies are Monday, May 21, 11 a.m. in Carson City at the Pony Express Pavilion, 888 N. Saliman Road, and Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m., in Fallon at the Barkley Theatre at Oats Park Art Center, 151 Park Street.
Nursing graduates will participate in a Pinning Ceremony, Monday, May 21, 3 p.m., at the Carson Nugget.
Press Release: May 11, 2012
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