CMC graduates ready to take next step

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Nearly 100 students will close one chapter of their lives Friday when they graduate from Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus in Steamboat Springs.

About 95 fall and spring graduates will be acknowledged during the ceremony, although only about 50 of the graduates will participate. Many fall graduates couldn't return for the spring ceremony, CMC registration technician June Silva said.

"This is a milestone in their lives. We're so honored that we get to see that happen," she said.

The Class of 2006 will be the 25th class to graduate from CMC, an accomplishment Silva said the school is very proud of.

"We are celebrating 25 years at CMC. We're excited this year because we have a group of about 15 people who were involved with the school over the last 25 years coming back," she said.

Silva said the school also is honored to welcome commencement speaker Bill Hill, a former CMC instructor. Hill was the first executive director of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the organization that worked to bring CMC's Alpine Campus to Steamboat.

"He's one of our pioneers. We're really looking forward to having him here," she said.

The graduation ceremony is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Steam--boat Springs High School with a graduation celebration in CMC's Willett Hall immediately after the ceremony.

Both events are open to the public, Silva said.

"It's an exciting time of the year for us," she said. "Our students have set their goals, and now they have accomplished them. We're so proud of them."

What: Colorado Mountain College's Alpine Campus graduation

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Steamboat Springs High School auditorium; a ceremony will follow in CMC's Willett Hall

Cost: Free

Call: CMC at 870-4444

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