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Simon praises student achievement at CSC commencement 

 

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May 17, 2013

GALESBURG — Delivering the commencement address for the 45th annual Carl Sandburg College Commencement ceremony Thursday night, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon discussed the personal stories of several graduates, demonstrating both her personal connection with area students as well as the value she places on the education process.

A staunch supporter and active advocate for educational reform in Illinois, Simon emphasized how inspirational seeing students overcome adversity to achieve and extend beyond their goals can be. During her first year in office, Simon visited each of the 48 community colleges across the state.

“My own value on education is based at the root of my family,” said Simon. As a mother of two daughters, one of whom graduated from college last weekend, family has been and continues to be an important part of her life.

“The fact that you all are here means you have overcome many challenges,” Simon continued, addressing the group of graduates directly. “What has helped you overcome is the attitude of the school and the focus it places on you all as individuals.”

The bulk of Simon’s speech praised several individuals she came to know personally through her contact with Carl Sandburg College.

Mariah Mackey, the first student addressed, juggled multiple part-time jobs both on campus and off during her Carl Sandburg career. Hoping to open up her own design studio one day, Simon said, “You have shown to us that we can determine our own destinies.”

Forced to make several difficult decisions by managing a family as well as an educational career, Lisa Zucco recently moved back to the area as the result of an economic opportunity for her husband. Graduating with an associate’s degree in business administration, Zucco intends to continue learning at Monmouth College.

“You have always been confident of your path,” said Simon as she spoke to Zucco personally during her speech. “You took the challenge of returning back to school. You have successfully built the traditions of a non-traditional student.”

After a medical issue prohibited her attempting West Point Naval Academy, to which she had already been accepted, McKenzie Frank attended and ultimately graduated from Carl Sandburg instead.

“You are resilient. You responded, retooled and adjusted to your new situation,” said Simon. “When you ran into a wall, you found a new way around it. With your aspirations, you will one day help us better our relationships with the rest of the world.”

GALESBURG — Delivering the commencement address for the 45th annual Carl Sandburg College Commencement ceremony Thursday night, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon discussed the personal stories of several graduates, demonstrating both her personal connection with area students as well as the value she places on the education process.

A staunch supporter and active advocate for educational reform in Illinois, Simon emphasized how inspirational seeing students overcome adversity to achieve and extend beyond their goals can be. During her first year in office, Simon visited each of the 48 community colleges across the state.

“My own value on education is based at the root of my family,” said Simon. As a mother of two daughters, one of whom graduated from college last weekend, family has been and continues to be an important part of her life.

“The fact that you all are here means you have overcome many challenges,” Simon continued, addressing the group of graduates directly. “What has helped you overcome is the attitude of the school and the focus it places on you all as individuals.”

The bulk of Simon’s speech praised several individuals she came to know personally through her contact with Carl Sandburg College.

Mariah Mackey, the first student addressed, juggled multiple part-time jobs both on campus and off during her Carl Sandburg career. Hoping to open up her own design studio one day, Simon said, “You have shown to us that we can determine our own destinies.”

Forced to make several difficult decisions by managing a family as well as an educational career, Lisa Zucco recently moved back to the area as the result of an economic opportunity for her husband. Graduating with an associate’s degree in business administration, Zucco intends to continue learning at Monmouth College.

“You have always been confident of your path,” said Simon as she spoke to Zucco personally during her speech. “You took the challenge of returning back to school. You have successfully built the traditions of a non-traditional student.”

After a medical issue prohibited her attempting West Point Naval Academy, to which she had already been accepted, McKenzie Frank attended and ultimately graduated from Carl Sandburg instead.

“You are resilient. You responded, retooled and adjusted to your new situation,” said Simon. “When you ran into a wall, you found a new way around it. With your aspirations, you will one day help us better our relationships with the rest of the world.”