Originally Published: May 13, 2016 6 a.m.
More than 1,100 degree and certificate candidates graduated from Yavapai College Prescott and Verde Valley campuses this past Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7. More are expected in August as students file applications for graduation following completion of summer classes.
Graduates represented the following programs: Associate of Arts (165), Associate of Science (15), Associate of Arts in Elementary Education (8), Associate of Arts in Fine Art (6), Associate of Business (24), Associate of General Studies (64), Associate of Applied Science (290). Also included are more than 900 candidates for 67 certificate programs.
Student Commencement Speaker Remington Stoddard reminded her fellow Prescott campus graduates that earning a degree is something for which she expressed gratitude to many people in her life.
“College isn’t something you can do all on your own,” Stoddard said Monday, May 9, from Zion National Park, where she celebrated Mother’s Day. “I told them to thank the people who got us where we are.”
She will be attending Northern Arizona University in the fall after spending time this summer on a return trip to the Czech Republic, where she is teaching English. At NAU she will study social work with a goal of eventually working for International Justice Mission. She wants to help stop human trafficking in developing countries, and assist those countries in rebuilding their justice systems.
“That’s the ideal job. I’ll probably have to work other jobs first,” Stoddard said about a career that could take her into dangerous areas. “If I’m able to make that difference for a couple of people, that’s worth it to me.”
At Yavapai College, Stoddard said she learned how to balance family, school, friends and extra-curricular activities. She helped organize campus events and led media tours as a student ambassador, and also offered support to her mother who was diagnosed with cancer this past fall.
“Yavapai College was such a great place for me to start. It equipped me to succeed in life; that’s the biggest thing Yavapai has done for me.”