Human Services Program Recognizes Graduating Students

Posted 5/4/2020

​​​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

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