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2015 MCTC Graduation Ceremony

Posted on: May 8th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
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Etonam “Fanny” Okaikue-Woodi and Louis Fobb, 2013 MCTC graduates.

Please join Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) in recognizing the outstanding achievements of our graduating students on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium.

The spring 2015 graduation ceremony will honor graduates from the summer of 2014, fall of 2014, spring of 2015 and summer of 2015, and will feature WCCO Reporter Reg Chapman as emcee for the event, MnSCU Trustee Louise Sundin and special guest Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison as the graduation speaker. A student from the graduating class will deliver a commencement address as well.

The graduation ceremony and related events are sponsored by MCTC Student Life.

Arrival time and tickets

The auditorium doors will open at 6 p.m. Space is limited and you will need a ticket to attend this event. Each graduate will pick up a limited number of tickets and are responsible for ensuring you have a ticket to attend the Ceremony. If we have any additional tickets after graduates pick up their tickets, we will distribute them outside of the Auditorium on a first-come, first-distributed basis.

Parking

The cost of parking at most ramps near the convention center is approximately $10. You could also park in the MCTC parking ramp for $5 (or $2.50 with a prepaid parking card) and walk; the convention center is less than a half mile from the MCTC campus.

Accommodations for people with disabilities

If you will require accommodation to make it possible to attend the Graduation Ceremony (such as wheelchair access, special seating, or a sign language interpreter), or if you need the program in an alternative format please contact the Disability Services Office at 612-659-6730.

Graduation photos

Family and guests are welcome to take photos with graduates in the lobby before or after commencement. You may also take some photos or video from your seat inside the auditorium.

GradImages® will photograph graduates receiving their diploma covers during the ceremony. Proofs will be mailed to graduates within the two weeks following the Ceremony, at which time the graduate can purchase prints.

Cell phones and electronics

In order for all guests to enjoy Commencement without distraction, we ask that you turn off the ringers and sounds on your cell phones and other electronics during the Graduation Ceremony. We appreciate your thoughtfulness in this matter.

Current students

You can find information about preparing for graduation on the MCTC Intranet:

Envisioning the Ends: A Concert, Celebration, Community Activation

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Sound-Arts-concertThe MCTC Sound Society student club, in collaboration with MCTC Student Life and local and national activist organizations, are excited to present Envisioning the Ends, a free celebration, concert and community activation event that will be held in Loring Park on Thursday, May 7. The concert will feature some of the area’s finest bands of young performers coming together for the purpose of envisioning the ends of all ongoing American civil wars and violent conflicts between American communities. This concert is about peace, hope, and not being afraid to stand up for them.

Music runs from 2:30–8:30 p.m., and the concert is free. Please share this with your communities!

Performances include:

  • Chastity Brown
  • PaviElle
  • Treading North
  • Haiku (from Ferguson, MO)
  • Lucien Parker
  • One False Move
  • and more!

Event emcees and hosts will be Joe Horton and Crescent Moon of Mixed Blood Majority

This event is taking place with the participation of:

  • 15 Now MN
  • MN Norml
  • Youth for Social Justice
  • Green Dot Anti-Violence
  • Citizens for a Loring Park Community
  • MAD DADS
  • and many more!

MCTC Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) Presents Women’s Health Fair

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

SAASMCTC Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) presents its Women’s Health Fair on Thursday, April 23 from noon–4 p.m. in L.3100. Join us as we share tips on how to live life, take care of your body and relieve stress!

Participating clubs and resources include the MCTC Yoga Club and North Point Health and Wellness Center.

Guest speakers include:

  • Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, administrative director and health systems navigator of the Cultural Wellness Center presenting “Loving Yourself”
  • Brianne A. Hill, MSW MFA, presenting “Mental Health”

Earth Day Global Conversations

Posted on: April 16th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

earthJoin the MCTC Faculty Sustainability Committee on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22 for an opportunity to discuss challenges facing global sustainability with students conversing live from China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Denmark, Japan, Montenegro and Colombia.

At the heart of all major global challenges (food, water, air, energy, resources, poverty and so on) is the environment and climate change. No one country alone can save our planet from our modern world, which is why global communication and relationship-building are essential.

At this event, participants will have real-time conversations with students around the world using live video chat technology. This is an opportunity to hear from global residents what climate change challenges they see their locale experiencing, and an opportunity for participants to share the challenges they see. Click here for further description of this event and here for a schedule of conversation sessions with different countries.

How to Register

To register for this event, please fill out this form on Eventbrite and then follow these steps:

  • Choose a country of interest and a time slot that fit your schedule on Wednesday, April 22
  • See the list of questions that will be used to guide the conversations for each session
  • Create a bio for yourself here to share with the other participants

Please contact Diane Pearson with any questions at diane.pearson@minneapolis.edu.

3M Product Developer to Visit MCTC April 17

Posted on: April 14th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Dr. Bridgette ShannonThe Bridge to Baccalaureate program—a partnership between the University of Minnesota and three MnSCU schools: MCTC, Century College and Saint Paul College—will bring 3M representative Bridgette Shannon, Ph.D., to campus on Friday, April 17 from noon–1 p.m. in T.3850. Bridgette works as product development specialist for the 3M abrasive systems division.

Bridge to Baccalaureate aims to reach out to two-year students who may be considering STEM, who are taking certificate courses or are enrolled in developmental courses. The program supports minority community college students aspiring to transfer to the U of M to complete bachelor’s degrees in STEM majors. Click here for a flier.

About Bridgette Shannon

Dr. Bridgette Shannon is a native of Little Rock, Ark. She received her B.S. from Henderson State University in 2002, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2007. She studied inorganic chemistry and has industry experiences in cosmetics, semiconductors, and environmental technology businesses. Currently, Dr. Shannon is a product developer in 3M’s Abrasive Systems Division supporting the development and growth of various products.