Normandale Community College honored its graduates at the 45th commencement ceremony on May 18 at Grace Church in Eden Prairie.
Over 340 graduates participated in the ceremony, which honored summer 2014 and Fall 2014 graduates, along with candidates for spring 2015 graduation.
The student speaker was Margaret M. Tete. Tete was born Kenya and is one of 12 siblings. She graduated from the Kenya Polytechnic College with a Teacher's Diploma in Business Studies, and had a successful career before moving to the United States in 2001.
Both of her children (Lillian and Kenneth) graduated as honors students with four-year degrees, which helped sharpen Tete's appetite to search for opportunity for knowledge. She identified Normandale Community College as the place to seek a second career as a returning adult student.
Tete is graduating with an associate's degree in Communication Studies, and hopes to join the teaching ranks in the many institutes of learning. She is extremely thankful that her parents gave her a voice early in her life that has been instrumental to her passion for knowledge.
Other ceremony highlights included Normandale Dietetic Technology instructor Krista Jordheim receiving the Distinguished Faculty Award, remarks by Chemistry Instructor Betsy Longley, and Chair of the Normandale Foundation Carolyn Pratt.