“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it's a matter of choice; it's not a thing to be waited for, it's a thing to be achieved” is the motto for nearly 1,000 graduate candidates of the Class of 2009 from Moraine Park Technical College’s Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend campuses. They chose to pursue and ultimately achieve an education that leads to a new career or enhances an existing one.
Moraine Park President Gayle Hytrek will preside over the College’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. in the Field House at Fond du Lac High School.
Members of the graduating class from each campus will address their fellow students and guests – Dean Dunday of Beaver Dam, Accounting program, Beaver Dam campus; Patricia “Patty” O’Brien of North Fond du Lac, Accounting program, Fond du Lac campus; and Becky Ninmann of West Bend, Graphic Communications program, West Bend campus.
A special award will be presented to Moraine Park’s 2009 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year – Shelli Dekker, a 1995 graduate of the College’s Early Childhood Education associate degree program. Dekker is the director of the Child Care Center at the Fond du Lac Family YMCA.
Associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas and certificates will be presented by Moraine Park District Board Chairperson Shirley Kitchen.
The graduation processional will be led by bagpiper Gina Crossley, with the ceremonial music performed by Brassination, a brass quintet from the Fond du Lac area. Shady Grove, also from the Fond du Lac area, will provide the pre-ceremonial music. A reception immediately following the ceremony will be held at the high school.
Beta Mu Kappa, Moraine Park's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, is sponsoring a food drive at the commencement. Drop off nonperishable food items from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the table staffed by local chapter members near the entrance of the high school. All donations will benefit local food pantries.