Graduates from the surrounding five counties, Iowa, the US and from around the world shared in Iowa Lakes Community college commencement festivities Friday night at the college gymnasium in Estherville.
After administration, faculty and students processed into the gym, college vocalists sang the National
Anthem and Valerie Newhouse, college president, offered a welcome. Jan Lund, board of trustees president, acknowledged the board of trustees and paid a special recognition to veterans.
Christopher Fuhrman, president of the Alumni and Friends Association, presented the Jim Hall Outstanding Alumnus Award to Kathy Preston,
Emmet County Public Health director.
Photo by Michael Tidemann
After remarks by Mark Gruwell, executive dean of instruction and development, professor Ann Wimmer introduced Presidential Scholars.
Chris Fuhrman, president of the Alumni and Friends Association, paid homage to Kathy Preston, recipient of the Jim Hall Outstanding Alumnus Award.
Fuhrman noted Preston's involvement with work, community and family and her selection as one of 100 Iowa Great Nurses. Currently Emmet County Public Health director, Preston started the Silver Cord program while school nurse at Armstrong-Ringsted School.
"She is a model of what we strive to be," said Fuhrman.
Alex Walz and Emily Noll gave the student addresses. Walz quoted Aristotle and Robert Frost in his inspiring message.
"Every one of us has some goal or objective of what we want to achieve in life," said Walz, giving credit to professors.
"Go out and actually live your life," Noll encouraged graduates. "Don't let your life pass you by."