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Saipan Tribune: NMC to graduate its largest class in five years March 28, 2013

The Northern Marianas College will be graduating this semester its biggest graduating class in five years.

This will be the institution's 33rd Commencement Exercise and will take place on May 25 at the Marianas High School Gymnasium.

NMC is expected to confer associate and bachelor's degrees on about 180 students-a 52-percent increase over last year's graduation numbers.

College records indicate that the bulk of the graduating class will come from the associate degree in liberal arts program, with a potential 62 graduates, followed by the associate degree in nursing program, with 35 graduating students; associate degree in business with seven; business administration with emphasis on accounting with six; business management with seven; computer applications with nine; criminal justice with nine; hospitality management with eight; and associate degree in natural resources management with two.

For bachelor degrees, elementary education concentration has the biggest potential number of graduates at 20; rehabilitation and human services concentration has 10; and bachelor's degree in early childhood concentration, four.

Saipan Tribune learned that this year would be a first for students to graduate with a bachelor's degree in Education with concentrations in “Early Childhood” or “Rehabilitation and Human Services.” These concentrations, along with the other concentrations at the NMC School of Education, were introduced about four years ago.

Besides these potential graduates, NMC is also expecting to confer certificates to a large number of students who have completed the GED and Adult High School Diplomas, the numbers of which were not available as of yesterday.

“The significant increase in the number of graduates is a testimony not only to the hard work and dedication of our students and their families but also the commitment and educational passion of our college personnel,” said NMC president Sharon Hart, Ph.D., yesterday, adding that they are extremely proud of all the students who are graduating, especially those who have had to overcome significant challenges and obstacles to earn their degrees.

“Graduation marks an important milestone in their lives, and we are inviting everyone in the community to join us for this joyous event,” added Hart.

Several awards will also be presented at the May 25 ceremony, including the leadership award, which will be awarded by Gov. Eloy S. Inos and Lt. Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider. Academic achievement awards will also be handed out to students with the highest grade point averages.

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