Dixie Technical College Graduation Ceremony
Dixie Tech’s largest graduating class.
new generation of individuals crossed the stage ready to enter the Washington County workforce as they graduated with training for their respective fields from Dixie Technical College.
Individuals graduating from over 20 separate programs participated in the ceremony Thursday afternoon making it Dixie Tech’s largest graduation. The ceremony took place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and was live streamed on the college’s Facebook.
In years past the event was held at the Tuacahn Amphitheater, but due to such large numbers the ceremony was hosted at the M. Anthony Burns Arena.
Brandi Honey, Director of Development and Community Engagement at Dixie Tech said the increased number of students was not the only reason for the location change for the ceremony.
“For a lot of our students graduation is a life changing event,” Honey said. “We don’t want to put a limit on the number of people that come to support such an amazing accomplishment.”
President Jordan Rushton led the event and spoke of his appreciation for the students, their families, professors, staff and supporters.
He congratulated and recognized that a majority of the students were able to graduate free from student loan debt, and with jobs in their respective fields.
The graduates heard from fellow student, M’Kayla Foster from the drafting and design program. She spoke of president Jordan Rushton’s dedication to the college and commitment to the students’ education as well as her own journey, and how being a student at Dixie Tech has impacted her life.
She spoke of how her passion for architecture grew as she worked through her program and how the program trained her with the skills to flourish in the workforce.
“In large part because of the connections and resources provided by Dixie Tech,” Foster said, she was able to line up a job at an architecture firm.
She said that her experience at the college cultivated an environment for success.
“I envision Dixie Tech, its faculty and most importantly its students benefiting greatly under President Rushton’s guidance and influence,” Foster said.
Foster was followed by Senator Don Ipson who commended the immense growth of Dixie Tech, the importance of education, and the accomplishments of the students.
“Employers will have their arms open to you,” Ipson said. “They are going to welcome that you’ve come to them well trained and prepared for the workforce to do the jobs you’ve been trained by these great instructors and through this great institution to do.”
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