8 graduate with summa cum laude honors, 27 with magna cum laude honors, and 25 cum laude honors

NMC highlights top achievers in graduation rites

The Northern Marianas College held this year’s commencement rites on Saturday, bestowing a slew of awards on eight students during a ceremony at a packed Marianas High School Gymnasium.

NMC president Dr. Sharon Y. Hart, along with Board of Regents chair Frank Rabauliman and other college officials, bestowed the Academic Excellence Award on Raissa Belle A. Ferrer, Tatiana A. Babauta, and Querlaine Dlg. Blas for being the top graduates in the bachelor degree level.

The same award was presented to Nicole I. Sablan and Kimberly T. Alcantara as the top graduates in the associate degree level.

In their remarks, the five most outstanding graduates dedicated their achievements to their families, mentors, friends, and supporters who in one way or another helped them succeed in their college studies.

Gov. Eloy S. Inos joined college officials in honoring this year’s recipients of the prestigious Student Leadership Award that was bestowed on Verna Y. Deleon Guerrero for the associate degree level and Koniko M. Nazakato for the bachelor degree program.

The Community Service Award was presented to Jatanna Cabrera from the associate degree program.

According to Hart, this year’s batch of graduates is the second largest ever recorded by the college. NMC conferred diplomas and certificates Saturday to about 160 individuals.

Eight students graduated with summa cum laude honors, 27 with magna cum laude honors, and 25 with cum laude honors.

NMC conferred diplomas to graduates of the following programs: associate in business (3); associate in liberal arts (61); associate in applied science emphasis in accounting (5); applied science emphasis in business management (8); computer application emphasis (5); criminal justice (7); hospitality management (4); natural resources management (6); and associate in nursing (23).

In the bachelor’s degree level, the following are the number of graduates: bachelor of science elementary education concentration (23); bachelor of science education, rehabilitation and human services concentration (7); and bachelor of science education, special education concentration (3).

In her welcome remarks, Hart thanked students for continuing to believe in NMC as an institution of quality.  The college recently reaffirmed its accreditation as a result of the significant progress that has been made at the institution.

Keynote speaker Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio inspired the new graduates to persevere in furthering their knowledge, which they can use to serve their community and country.

To become truly successful, Kim-Tenorio told graduates to strive and work hard for it. She also advised them not to forget the spirit of volunteerism and the value of serving positions—whether in public or private—with dignity and honor.

Moneth G. Deposa | Reporter

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