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Local Community Colleges Congratulate 2012 Graduates

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Family and friends congratulated graduates of both Mohawk Valley Community College and Herkimer County Community College Friday.

Graduates celebrating their accomplishments and many looking forward to furthering their education even more.

"I'm going to look at colleges and try to get the business end of Culinary Management," says MVCC graduate Marissa Mundrick. "I don't know where yet but just two years somewhere else so I can finish off and get my Bachelors."

"I want to further my degree ... it may take me a while but at least I know I'm going to do it, I've come this far there's no sense in stopping," says MVCC graduate Wendy Hickey.

MVCC's graduation was held at the Utica Memorial Auditorium where Civil Rights activist Morris Dees, Co-founder and Chief Trial Counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, delivered the keynote address. His organization's landmark multi-million dollar lawsuits were key in largely disbanding the Ku Klux Klan.

At Herkimer County Community College over 700 students walked across the stage in in the college's gymnasium.

HCCC graduate Michael Elleman was one of the commencement speakers. His message: that you can get the full college experience anywhere, and at any age.

"I'm surprised that I've done all this and the experience that I've had and the accomplishments that I've done so far," says Elleman. "Student Government Association, the Faculty Student Association, I was the Vice President of that," Elleman continues. "I became a Student Ambassador, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, the PTA Club, and joined the Cross Country team, so different things, it was a lot."

Both college's graduates now look forward to continuing their education or finding a career with an Associate's Degree in hand.

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