Washburn Institute of Technology | Fall 2018 Commencement

Washburn Institute of Technology | Fall 2018 Commencement


>>♫ (Pomp and Circumstance” playing”) DR. MAZACHEK: On behalf of the
Washburn University Board of Regents, as well as Washburn and
Washburn Tech faculty, administration, and staff, I
welcome you to this Commencement for the Washburn University
Institute of Technology. Please stand and join me in
welcoming Charles Scozarre, who will sing the National Anthem. ♫ O say can you see,
by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hail’d,
at the twilight’s last gleaming ♫ ♫ Whose broad stripes
and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming ♫ ♫ And the rocket’s red glare,
the bomb bursting in air Gave proof through the night,
that our flag was still there O say does that star-spangled
banner yet wave O’er the land of the free
and the home of the brave (Applause) DR. MAZACHEK: You may be seated.
Thank you, Charles. Also, please join me in expressing
thanks to Mrs. Norma Pettijohn, organist, for providing our
music tonight. (Applause) To the graduates,
congratulations. To the friends and families, thank you for your
enduring support; and, to the faculty, thank you for the time
and effort you constantly give to create an exceptional
educational experience at Washburn. I would like to introduce the
platform party. Please stand as I call your name and remain
standing until all are introduced. Mr. Daniel Stumpf,
Technical Instructor, Welding Technology and Grand
Marshal. Marshall Meek, President,
Washburn Alumni Association and Foundation Dr. Laura Stephenson, Dean,
College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Pat Munzer, Dean, School of
Applied Studies. Dr. David Dr. David Sollars, Dean,
School of Business. Dr. Cynthia Holthaus,
Special Assistant to the President. Mr. Mark Wilson, Associate Dean of Student
Services, Washburn University Institute of Technology Dr. Eric Grospitch
Vice President for Student Life Dr. Richard Ludtke, Executive Director, Enrollment Management Mr. Jim Martin, Vice President
for Administration and Treasurer Ms. Mandy Walter, President, Washburn University
Alumni Association Board of Directors Mrs. Blanch Parks
Board of Regents. Dr. Clayton Tatro, Associate
Dean, Instruction, Washburn University Institute of
Technology. Mr. William Sneed,
Board of Regents Mr. John McGivern,
Board of Regents Dr. Jerry Farley, Washburn
University President. (Cheering and applause) DR.
MAZACHEK: Please be seated. At this time it gives me
great pleasure to introduce the Associate Dean of Washburn Tech,
Clayton Tatro. (Applause) SPEAKER: Thank you, Dr. Mazachek
my name is Clayton Tatro and I have the privilege of
serving as the Associate Dean for Instruction at the Washburn University Institute of Technology On behalf of the Washburn
University Board of Trustees, Washburn administration,
Washburn Tech faculty, staff, and administration, I too would
personally like to welcome our graduates, family and friends to
this very special event. Please let me take a few moments
to recognize an exceptionally special group of people — the faculty and staff who
instruct and support our students at Washburn Tech. If you are a faculty
or staff member at Washburn Tech, would you please
stand at this time to be recognized for your outstanding
work. (Applause) SPEAKER: I can truly say that
I have never worked with a finer group of people. Thank you for what
you do for our students. In the north hallway of the
Washburn Tech’s Conference Center, there are three crucial words
that describe what our students do. Those three words are: imagine,
inspire, and transform. As our students enter that north
hallway, they imagine what it will be like to complete their
program of study in preparation for
entering the workforce or continuing their education. Many of them — many of you —
then become inspired as they and you realize that the skills
they are learning will lead to a successful career.
And, finally, as we are witnessing tonight, students
have transformed into graduates who now have the skill sets
needed to enter the workforce or pursue their future educational
goals. It gives me pleasure to
introduce student members of the National Technical Honor
Society. Students, if you are a member of the National Technical
Honor Society, please stand. (Applause) You may be seated. DEAN TATRO: Recently, we
inducted 18 members into this organization which recognizes
excellence in career and technical education. Since joining the National Technical
Honor Society in 1990, we have now inducted a total of 878
members into our chapter. These students were selected
based on the following criteria: leadership both inside and
outside the classroom excellent attendance, a
cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and good
citizenship. Thank you, students, and
congratulations. (Applause) It also gives me great pleasure
to introduce the Washburn Tech students who participate and have participated in SkillsUSA. SkillsUSA is a national organization that
promotes technical excellence through competition among
technical college students. Will
SkillsUSA participants please stand. (Applause) DEAN TATRO: This year, we had a
record number of students — 47 — compete in the National Skills
Competition in Louisville, KY in June 2018. Three students came
home with gold medals (best in the nation), one earned silver,
and 22 students placed in the top five in the nation. Washburn
Tech as a college was 5th place overall among all the
287 colleges participating in the 2018 National Conference. Congratulations to all who
competed and all who medaled. You may be seated. (Applause) DEAN TATRO: Would our Washburn
Tech student activities participants please stand? (Applause) SPEAKER: Obviously we have more
students involved than just graduates. These students have been
exceptionally active this year. Among the many activities:
constitution day speaker Veterans Day ceremony, Turkey
Bowl flag football tournament, and chili lunch, Toys for Tots Mega Toy Build (a
total of 388 volunteers contributed 1066 hours of
volunteer labor to create over 1100 toys for kids), Student Activities
also participated in the TARC Winter Wonderland, and our Washburn Tech
night, they have also provided guided tours for campus-wide open
house, and held canned food drives to benefit Ronald
McDonald House. A special thank you to our
student activities students. (Applause) DEAN TATRO: It is my special
honor to also recognize a group of very dedicated students. These students have served their
country with honor and we are pleased to recognize them as
part of the Washburn Tech family. Military veterans who are
graduating tonight, please stand to be recognized. Thank you for
your service. (Cheering and applause) SPEAKER: It is truly not
enough to say just thank you for your service, but it is a good
place to start. Thank you as well for all of the military in the audience in the
arena for your service as well. (Cheering and applause) DR. MAZACHEK: Thank you, Dr.
Tatro, and congratulations to our students on their many
accomplishments in 2018. At this time, I have the pleasure
of introducing our President, Dr.
Jerry Farley. (Applause)
PRESIDENT FARLEY: Thank you, Dr. Mazachek. Hello, everyone.
Good evening. We are very proud of this group
of students, as proud as you are,
you who are family members, friends,
faculty, or just fellow students. The students here tonight have
an opportunity that few, few, few people in the world will
ever have. You can pursue your education to
whatever end you wish. You have made a substantial
investment of time and money, but so has
society, so have your fellow citizens
around you. Much of the cost of your
education was paid for by our fellow citizens. Your education is something that no one now can take from you. I am not a biologist. I am not a
psychologist. But I am told that as we all
learn, our brains grow forever. They expand and make new
synaptic connections. In essence, you never quit
growing capacity, and you should never quit learning. It’s really
not reversible. Once you have expanded the capacity,
it is always there with you. I hope you realize that you
never stop learning. Now, you have skills that you have
learned. You’re at the top of your field.
You know the latest technology. You know the latest concept in
your chosen discipline. Unless you
continue to learn, you will fall behind. And it happens rather
quickly, sometimes even faster than you
may think it would. Our society, our fellow
citizens, need you. Now, you have been given a gift — the
gift of education. And now you have an obligation
to give back, give back to all the rest
of us by working hard, improving your
community, and setting a positive example
for everyone, especially your
family. We are all so proud of you
tonight, that you have worked hard, that you have set goals,
and you have achieved them. We want you to do your very best
for the rest of your lives. Congratulations. (Applause)
DR. MAZACHEK: We shall now proceed to the conferring of
certificates. That’s what everyone came for.
We ask that parents, relatives, and friends use one of the areas
in front, to the right or left of the stage, designated for
taking photographs so as not to obstruct the graduates or the
professional photographers. Certificate candidates will be
presented by Associate Dean Tatro DEAN TATRO: Will all the
candidates for a technical certificate please rise? (Cheering and applause) DEAN TATRO: President Farley,
those before you and in absentia are candidates for the technical
certificate. I am pleased to present to you now for the conferring of their
certificates, those who have completed the requirements and
have been recommended by the faculty. PRESIDENT FARLEY: Thank you,
Dean. By virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board of
Regents of Washburn University, I hereby confer upon those who
have completed the requirements for their appropriate
certificate, with all of the honors, rights, privileges, and
responsibilities pertaining thereto. Students, please remain seated until directed by the marshals
to come forward. (Cheering)>>Our first program, GED. Mandy Cox Robyn Conners Mark Will Max Stinnett Christine Graversen Catherine Peppers Kelly Perry Now for our GED graduates. Zachary Bach Treyshawn Duncan Zachary Gonzalez Darien Harvey Emily Howard Zoa Garvey Daniel Martinez Neil Ortez Mazay Peggy Snook Angela Deggan Barbara Mariana Holmes Taylin Jackson Madison Jewel Richardson Katie Marie Strickland ADVANCED SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY Dennis Mergenmeier Chaz Havens Aaron Starnes Stephen Garland Tyler C Mick Next program is our
Automotive Technology. Aaron Karnes Robert Oswald Emiliano Arzate Michael Clouser Darrin Dillingham Chase Elersic, Student
Activities Board Member. Brandon Tru Hartke Adrian S Martinez Jacob Alan Radcliffe Joshua Schindler Daniel R Scholfield Cole James Willis George Welch. Carpentry David Praiswater Cosmetology Teresa Huttenmaier Wida Egan Michelle Legg Dahlia Elizabeth Aboras Kali Jasmine Allen Morgan M Brooks Chelsea Annice Cole Michelle Infante Kaitlynn B Kolbek Gabrielle Elaine Munoz Bonife G Phillips Diesel Technology Jay Thowe Robert Arney Preston Bechtel John Richardson Tanner Russell Leon David Ayer Brock David Ladesic Nolan Phalen Wyatt E Roberts Nathan L Ruff Mason Scott Seels Tyler Sparkman
National Technical Honors Society Next Up, We Have Emergency
Communications. Dawn Frey Jacob C Burrell Clara Rose Bynum Christopher Micheal Musterman Emergency Medical Technician. Wayne Hollis Laura T Florez Gonzalez Julia Breen Flack Charles Austin Kahn Henry B Hobson Jr Dawson Bryce Berndt Connor James Grogan Jessland C Doud Taylor Caroline Holley Blake Wallace Coddle Dawn Lee Atkins Caitlin Faith Noel Schlesener Lawrence Gregory Kennedy Jr Bradley J Applehands Frank Emry Warner Graphics Technology Pam Manning Derek Blanchard,
National Technical Honor Society. Haley A Holthaus,
National Technical Honor Society. Dana Lynn Schutter,
National Technical Honor Society. Advanced Healthcare Tech Peggy Snook Hayley Marie Hollenbeck Madison Ann Holloway Grace Kathryn Hubbard Maaya Shabree McGlory Cassidy Rae Parks Nelly Christina Phillips Kamrin Michelle Wells Megan Marie Zumbrum Health Care Tech Ronda Haverkamp Kelly Winkel Joann Walker Rebecca Berner Charlotte Campbell Rita Davenport Barbara Schaffer Edward Duensing Yezmi Berenice Aquirre Brayan Andrade TaiSheona Yvonne Barber Maryanna Michelle Benson Sophia M Billings Taelyn Chenel Blackwell Brooklyn Justine Bogart Grace A Bradley Cassidy Nicole Brown Kaylee Sierra Campbell Aspen Clara Cana Shawnterra N Carter Brianna Noelle Casto Traci Jo Chrisman Katlynn Clark Lyndsay Jade Cole Natalee Alexis Coleman Robin Eugene Steven Crawford Perla Cruz-Garcia Julia Ann Dibble Tristen Lynn Duncan Jordan L Earwood Sazdraion D L Gamble Analyn Gonzalez-Hernandez Jazmine Marie Grubb Shyanne Kay Hall Abbigail Ann Harding Sha’Lissah E Henderson Estefania Hernandez-Arreola Keggin Nichelle Hill Gabriella Marie Holstein Madison Kristine Huffman Jorden Marie Kincaid Breanna Marlee Lay Alanna Marie Llamas Brooklyn Rae McCracken Josey Alaina Mestagh Haylee Danielle Miles Alison Leigh Miller Ashlee Elizabeth Morris Mickey M Murphy Daniel James Nease Beth Ann Newell Leslie Nicole Oates Daitsy Olivas-Gutierrez Joselyn Ortiz Ashley Pineda-Paulino Rachel Renee Reffner Roshele Abigail Reyes-Bolanos Aurora Jade Richardson Kaylee Michelle Robinson Kaitlyn Ann Schwanz Shelby Dakota Smock Jacqueline Solis Kailee Nicole Stewart Shamel A Thompson Christian A Trevino Aeryana AD Turner Sarah Lynn Tyler Ureze Marie Vehige Susana Michelle Villegas Mckenzie Wall Paige Wigley Elizabeth Abigail Woodcock Fast Track Machine Tools Rich Anderson. Nora Billings Evan Sims Office Professionals, Legal Office,
Medical Office Specialists, and Business
Bookkeeping and Accounting Diane Stump, Lynn Dawson Rush Pinshah. Mary C Dean-Ronin,
National Technical Honor Society. Courtney Lynn Brown Jennifer Marie DeWitt,
Student Activities Board Member. Katrina D O’Hara Laura Adaline Watson Sherrea A Caballero I’Easha A Wilkins Aleli Nina Cardona Angela Janet Cotlame Maria Sanchez PHLEBOTOMY Kimberly Young LaToya Denise Abbott Alexandrea H Amyx Emily Cara Delaney Jade Christenson Renalyn R Dinger Kaci Jean Dinwiddie,
GED Graduate Lauren Anne Ellis Stephanie Caroline Gamboa Garcia Kaylee Lynn Hadle Eunice A Jones Gwennyth Lea Luttjohann Monique La’Von Mark Hanna Marie Moore-Johnston Patricia Renee Morris Destiny Taylor Slawson Michaella Reyann Szuwalski Jaclyn Valdez Haley Jo Wamsley Gloria J Gooch-Wilson Practical Nursing Dodie Greenfield Ashley Tyler Stephanie Selk Nicole Wade Kathy Hamman Zwi Coleman Campbell Anderson Mark Potwin Karen Linia Barber Kimberly Ann Carter,
National Technical Honor Society Mariah Tayler Cochran,
National Technical Honor Society Joele Kae Copeland Jori Jensen Harvey Jacob Russel Holston Sarah Grace Maggie Erin Elizabeth Massek Felicia Marie McGlory,
National Technical Honor Society Shelby Renee Powell Audrieanna Gabriella Robles Tyler Austin Russell,
National Technical Honor Society Amanda Kay Jean Schwenker Joani Tosi Melissa Dawn Willyard Bonnie Elizabeth Young Kelsey Judith Bates Emily Francis Kane,
National Technical Honor Society Dana Ann Devin Michaela K Essman Kayla M Galliart Brione Danielle Garrett Selene Gonzalez,
National Technical Honor Society Hannah M Gross Kaycee Ann Hendricks,
National Technical Honor Society Shannon Hendricks,
National Technical Honor Society Katya M Hernandez Sarah Huddleston,
National Technical Honor Society Susan M James Lydia Victoria Johnson,
National Technical Honor Society Emily Kennedy Lindsay Lee Koch Juanita Marie Llamas,
National Technical Honor Society Kaylor Ann Martin Julie Renee Morris Crystal Nyambegera,
National Technical Honor Society Alycia Powell Jennifer Marie Turpin,
National Technical Honor Society Mariah Krysteen Zazenkowski Technical Drafting Gordon Wade Jason Jurgensen Fast Track Welding Lester Green Jonathan Rossich Jordan Rossich Kimberley Cummings Zachery Brooker Joshua L Corwin Michael Dean Dew Paige Dougan,
GED Graduate Anastacio R Gonazales,
GED Graduate Jose Jesus Hernandez Joseph D Hodgkiss-Epling Jennifer Nicole Hubert Anthony K Jones Charles Herschel McWilliams Jr. Jeremy Parker,
GED Graduate Tyler R Nance-Baber Cameron H Olson Tevin Junior Roberts Justin G Rowe Jacob Sanders Brady Lee Strecker,
GED Graduate Enrique Alberto Vargas,
GED Graduate DEAN TATRO: Today you have been
part of graduation exercises from more than 20 of Washburn
Tech’s programs. We are proud to welcome 300 technical
certificate graduates as new alumni to Washburn Institute of
Technology. Please join me in recognizing these impressive individuals for their
accomplishments by offering a round of applause. (Cheering and Applause) DR. MAZACHEK: Before concluding
the ceremony, graduates, I would like to underscore that this is
a moment of transition. You entered Lee Arena as the
final step in completing the current
degree you’re getting at Washburn Tech as a Washburn Tech student and
as you leave today, you begin your exciting future by joining
thousands of proud Washburn University alumni. In that
regard, it now is my pleasure to introduce Mandi Walter,
President of the Washburn University Alumni Association
Board of Directors. (Applause)
MS. WALTER: On behalf of the Washburn alumni, I congratulate
you on your graduation from Washburn University Institute of
Technology. You are joining the ranks of alumni from across the
nation and around the world who all have the same
thing in common; we are all Ichabods. Like them, you have developed a
permanent and lasting relationship with Washburn. As such, your continued
involvement will help shape this University
for generations of Ichabods who will follow in your footsteps. Throughout the rest of your
life, the alumni association will keep you connected to
Washburn Tech and your classmates. Today, our graduation gift to
you is a complimentary one-year membership in the alumni
association. Simply claim it and it’s yours for free.
Membership information is outlined on the postcard on your
chair. Don’t be afraid to get involved and be a part of the
fun. Your fellow Ichabod alumni will welcome you with open arms. And we will. Keep in mind,
Washburn Tech’s reputation is built on the successes of its
graduates. We all know you will go on to do
great things whether it be starting a new career or
continuing your education. On this day of graduation, we
wish happiness, good health, and prosperity.
Congratulations to all of you (Cheering and applause) DR. MAZACHEK: Before concluding
the ceremony, will all graduates please rise and remain standing? Graduates, please be sure that
your tassel is on the right side of your cap. Congratulations,
graduates. As a symbol of your great
achievement, please move your tassel from the right to the
left side of your cap. (Cheering and applause) DR. MAZACHEK: Ladies and
gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I present to you the Fall 2018 Graduating
Class of Washburn University Institute of Technology. (Cheering and applause) ♫ (Music) ♫

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