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DMACC awards diplomas, certificates

The DARK can be the way to a bright future.

That was the message from Dr. David Schmid, program coordinator and associate professor in the postsecondary education: student affairs program at the University of Northern Iowa, in his address in the Des Moines Area Community College Community College Carroll Campus commencement Monday evening at Carroll High School.

Eighty-five DMACC Carroll students earned diplomas or certificates of specialization, plus seven DMACC/UNI 2+2 students graduated.

Schmid said, “... what I hope you will hear today is that living in the DARK means you can bring light to other people.”

Schmid explained, “DARK is an acronym. First, D stands for difference or making a difference. A stands for adding, or adding something to every interaction you have. R stands for respect, which is the respect given to others with whom you interact. And K stands for kindness, or the kindness you show to others.

“... The best thing about making a difference, adding to others’ lives, demonstrating respect, and showing kindness to others in your life is that when you live in the DARK, you can show light to others and truly brighten their day.”

Schmid concluded, “I want you to remember three things from today. First, know who you are, determine what you value, and find what you want to do with your life. Your graduation from DMACC with a diploma, certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa is a great start. Second, focus on your relationships, including family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances and others, and note where they overlap. They are the supports who will get you through tough times. Finally live in the DARK to show light to those around you.

“Congratulations, graduates, and best wishes on a bright future.”

Carroll Campus Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Beta Theta Xi Chapter President Brianna Wuebker of Carroll gave the student welcome. Carroll Campus Activities Board (CCAB) member Kayla Mommer of Gilman gave a welcome address.

Wuebker and Brittany Croghan, who both received associate degrees in nursing, were recognized for being named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Iowa Academic Team.

In the nursing program, Arati Rai received the Littman cardiology stethoscope. Each year the nursing faculty choose one student to receive a Littman cardiology stethoscope. The gift is given to a student who exemplifies the values of nursing and of the college. Rai, according to faculty, has been a shing star on campus and has been a positive influence on her peers. She’s extremely hardworking and consistently motivated toward excellence in all components of her education, they add.

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