METNWS-12-30-21 COLLEGE NEWS – WKCTC FALL 21 GRADS_PHOTO

Dr. Uppinder Mehan (at podium), West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s vice president of academic affairs, announces the name of candidates for graduation while WKCTC President Anton Reece congratulates each graduate during 2021 fall commencement held Dec. 11.

PADUCAH — West Kentucky Community and Technical College recognized more than 1000 candidates for graduation during walk-thru fall 2021 commencement ceremonies that aired on the college’s Facebook page and YouTube channels on Dec. 11.

More than 115 WKCTC students participated in one of three ceremonies held at the college’s Clemens Fine Arts Center and were recognized by the highest credential earned at WKCTC. Speakers for the programs included Dr. Anton Reece, WKCTC president; Dr. Uppinder Mehan, vice president of academic affairs; Chris Black, chair of Paducah Junior College, Inc.’s Board of Trustees; Charles Murphy, chair of WKCTC’s Board of Directors; and Kristian Clayton, president of WKCTC’s student government association.

Featured speaker Megan Greenwell of McCracken County described her journey to becoming a sonographer, something she had always wanted to do despite being told she might never be able to use her left hand because of a neurological movement disorder.

“I was afraid that I would never be able to fulfill my dreams of becoming a sonographer because of my hand,” the 20-year-old Greenwell told her fellow candidates for graduation, “but now here I am, and I couldn’t be happier with the career decision I made.”

Reece said many WKCTC’s students and graduates have stories like Greenwell’s.

“We’re so proud of all of you. No matter the obstacle; no matter the circumstances, you did it!” Reece said. “Good luck, and don’t forget, you’ve got this!”

Videos of each commencement ceremony can be viewed on YouTube with the 9 a.m. ceremony at https://youtu.be/v--sucMPzWO; noon ceremony at https://youtu.be/C-ZIyfpbQhk; and the final 2 p.m. ceremony at https://youtu.be/jhmv-K8wojI.

The college’s fall 2021 graduates from Massac County are listed below. Graduates with one asterisk before their name graduated with distinction with a grade point average of 3.4-3.5, while students with two asterisks graduated with high distinction with a grade point average of 3.6-4.0.

  • Associate in applied science degree — Guy Erik Brown, Samuel Glenn Coram, Alayna Colette Reed and Quinton Anthony Travis.
  • Associate in arts degree — Zachary Bajuyo, Hayden Russell Lee and Campbell C. Neely.
  • Associate in fine arts degree — Seth Daniel Higgerson.

• Associate in science degree — Anna Boyett, Cade Burgess and Alexis Lynne Meadows.

• Diplomas — Jayde-Marie Kathryn Goddard and Amanda Lea McLelland.

• Certificates — Lane Thomas Reed, Taylor M. Allen, Alexander John Barna, Rachel Bowman, Seth Edward Clauson, Rachel M. Cohoon, Jonathan Walter Evans, Jacob C. Ford, Brooklyn Fritz, Natalie Lynn Johnson, Monica Marie Little, Katie Dean Martin, Kevin Christopher Meier, Gabrielle J. Moore, Mariah Jazmin Owens, Diamond Kinshasa Pass, Taylor Annette Staton, Hayden Eugene Summers, Charlee Ann Swader, Cody Alan Taylor, Lane Thomas Watson and David Eric Weeks.

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