FSCC Graduation Commencement 2018

Family and friends of Associate of General Studies and Associate of Science degree graduates wait patiently for the noon ceremony to begin Friday. An overflow crowd watched from the lobby area.

Fort Scott Community College held two graduations  May 18, with approximately 200 students receiving associates degrees.

Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Certificate students had a commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. and Associate of General Studies and Associate of Science students at noon in the Ellis Fine Arts building.

Three outstanding individuals were recognized for their work over the years.

FSCC recognized John M. Laflen, class of 1956, Dawn M. Reed, class of 2002, and Shelbie Hutchinson, class of 2018.

Laflen and  Reed were recognized as this year’s Outstanding Alumni and Hutchinson was recognized as this year’s Outstanding Sophomore.

Dawn Reed, the 2018 FSCC Outstanding Young Alumna. Courtesy photo.
John Laflen, Ph.D., the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus. Courtesy photo.

The banquet for Outstanding Alumni was held between graduations at 10:30 a.m. at the center.

Outstanding FSCC Sophomore Shelby Hutchison visits with a former Christian Learning Center teacher, Deanne Bloesser, prior to commencement in the lobby of the Ellis Fine Arts Center.
Students chat as they are lined up prior to entering the Ellis Fine Arts Center auditorium for commencement.
Faculty of FSCC prepare to line up to enter the auditorium at the Ellis Fine Arts Center Friday.
FSCC students enter the auditorium of the Ellis Fine Arts Center for commencement ceremonies.
Shelby Hutchison, FSCC 2018 Outstanding Sophomore gives her commencement speech.
Jerry Laflen, filling in for his brother John Laflen, Ph.D., gives a commencement speech during the noon graduation ceremony. John Laflen was unable to attend because of health issues. Laflen is the 2018 Outstanding Alumnus.
Some students decorated their graduation hats for the commencement ceremony.

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