Video Pays Tribute to Students Who Won’t Attend Commencement Ceremony
More than 20 students who will graduate from the DMACC Human Services Program this spring are being recognized in a special video as spring commencement ceremonies have been cancelled due to COVID-19
Students share what they admire about each of their classmates in the video
There won't be an in-person DMACC Commencement ceremony this spring, but spring 2020 graduates of the
DMACC Human Services Program are still being recognized with “Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background.
DMACC Human Services Program Chair Ilima Young-Dunn came up with an idea of having each student send her an email telling her what they admire about each of their classmates. She said more than 60 percent of the classmates participated.
Young-Dunn said she developed a PowerPoint presentation and then added the Pomp and Circumstance music.
“For weeks, I was trying to come up with some way to pay tribute to some of our graduates and make them feel special," Young-Dunn said. "I know that the graduation ceremony for DMACC students is very monumental for both the student and their family. So many of our students have overcome tremendous obstacles to get to this point. I was hopeful that this would help fill some of that void."
To view the video,
click here or watch below.
Here are the names and hometowns of the graduating DMACC Human Services students:
Harold Alexander – Des Moines
Victoria Calderon – Des Moines/Guatemala
Bethany Colbert – Ogden
Kennedy Cole – hometown unknown
Madeline Curl – Newton
Kasandra Diaz-Tovar – Des Moines
Hailey Edwards – Indianola
Shannon Floyd – West Des Moines
Caitlin Goodsell – unknown
Codi Holdeman – Pella
Andrea Jackson – Des Moines
Kyaelin Na – Des Moines
Grace Navin – Ankeny
Sheryl Patton – Knoxville
Brian Platt – Glidden
Ray Ramirez – unknown, currently living in Ankeny
Nicole Reynolds – unknown
Lacee Schipper – Des Moines
Fekadu Tekle – West Des Moines/Eritrea
Billie Jo Thompson – Indianola
Ashley Voorhees – Keokuk
For more information, contact: Ilima Young-Dunn, (515) 248-7222