For this year’s graduates of
Cedar Valley College, the term “Golden Ticket” has a whole new meaning beyond
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
At the May 11th ceremony,
just before their degrees were conferred, CVC’s president reminded graduates of
what he had told them during graduation rehearsal two days earlier.
“The degree you receive is
not only about you and your tremendous achievement,” Dr. Joseph Seabrooks told
the graduates. “It is also an opportunity to bring others with you on this
incredible journey to success.”
Dr. Seabrooks instructed graduates to open their diploma jackets. There, to
their pleasant surprise, they found a “Golden Ticket” that can be redeemed for
a three-credit course at CVC. It can be used by anyone who hasn’t been a CVC
student during the past 12 months.
“Please consider giving it to your mother, father, brother, sister, nephew,
niece, cousin or anyone else close to you who would benefit from a college
education,” he said. “One of the greatest gifts we can give is the opportunity
to make a tangible difference in other people’s lives.”
Cedar Valley College had more
than 400 students walk across the stage for graduation, the highest number in
the history of the institution.
This special gift to
graduates coincides with the launch of Cedar Valley’s 40th anniversary year.
CVC held its first classes in June 1977. The theme for the year-long celebration
is “Celebrate. Empower. Educate.”
Golden Ticket is a great way to help launch our 40th celebration,” Dr.
Seabrooks added. “I personally invite everyone in the community to help us
commemorate this milestone year for Cedar Valley. We are planning numerous
events and activities with the goal of raising scholarship funds for our
students. It is a special time to be a CVC Sun.”