A Graduation Home Run
Photo of MTC President Dr. Rhames in full graduation regalia.
My dream of visiting every Major League Baseball stadium in the United States has come true, but none of those ballpark visits will compare to May 1, 2021.
That was the day Midlands Technical College hosted its 2021 Commencement Ceremony at Columbia's minor league stadium, Segra Park – home of the Fireflies.
Although outside and socially distanced, I was proud that MTC was able to return to traditional, in-person celebration. It was full of all the pomp and circumstance our graduates so greatly deserve.

For this month's newsletter, it is my distinct pleasure to share with you 21 highlights from #MTCgrad21.

Congratulations everyone,
President Ronald L. Rhames, '78

Photo of 2021 Commencement speaker Bianca Williams during her speech.
No. 21 MTC Alumna Bianca Williams shared her powerful story of transformation from foster care to Magna Cum Laude. 
Photo of a graduate smiling and waving to the crowd as they walk across the field.
No. 20 MTC celebrated 1,123 graduates this year, awarding 777 associate degrees, 437 diplomas, and 35 certificates.
Photo of a graduate posing for the photographer in front of an MTC backdrop.
No. 19 100 students gave to the MTC Foundation's 2021 Class Giving Campaign to walk with pride in their green and white tassels.
Photo of MTC Commission Chair Margaret Holmes addressing the graduates.
No. 18 MTC Commission Chair Margaret Holmes addressed the graduates as the first African-American female to hold the position.
Photo of Mace Bearer Barbara Wagers leading the recessional.
No. 17 Mace Bearer Barbara Wagers has been an MTC faculty member for 30 years. Her daughter was a member of the 2021 graduating class.
Photo of MTC graduates posing for family pictures on the front steps of Segra Park.
No. 16 Proud parents, family, and friends gathered to cheer on their graduates.
Photo of Honorary Degree recipient Kim Wilkerson joining the celebration by video on the big screen at Segra Park.
No. 15 South Carolina State President of Bank of America and Honorary Degree recipient Kim Wilkerson joined the celebration by video on the big screen at Segra Park.
Photo of graduates sitting together while waiting for the name to be called.
No. 14 138 dual-enrolled high school students earned a degree, diploma, and/or certificate.
Photo of the top of a graduation cap decorated to say, I did it so my dog can have a better life.
No. 13 206 graduates earned Honors for graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Photo of a graduate smiling at the crowd as they cross the field.
No. 12 295 graduates received LIFE Scholarships.
Photo of a Criminal Justice graduate's cap decorated in police tape that says "Case Closed."
No. 11 124 graduates earned High Honors for graduating with a cumulative 3.8 GPA or higher.
Photo of a bird's eye view of the commencement ceremony captured by drone.
No. 10  Our drone captured a bird's eye view of the 2021 Commencement Ceremony that reached 13,000 people through live-streaming.
Photo of MTC President Dr. Rhames greets graduates as they enter Segra Park.
No. 9 Dr. Rhames traditionally greets the graduates before the ceremony begins every year.
Photo of School of Health Care graduates walking with their new pins.
No. 8 School of Health Care graduates walked with their new pins during this inaugural school pinning ceremony at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium – home to the Blowfish.
Photo of School of Health Care graduates waiting to be pinning at the pinning ceremony.
No. 7 449 graduates from the School of Health Care for 2021.
Photo of newly pinned nursing graduates.
No. 6 107 Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and 3 Practical Nursing (PN) graduates received their pins.
Photo of a graduate's cap featuring both their U.S. Army JROTC pride and their new degree in Social Work.
No. 5 110 graduates received VA benefits.
Photo of graduates waiting in line to walk across the field and receive their degrees.
No. 4 The MTC Foundation has provided students $390,029 in scholarships and grants..
Photo of a Nursing graduate posing with Myles the Jeep at the School of Health Care Pinning Ceremony.
No. 3  Myles and a School of Health Care graduate posed after the pinning ceremony at the Lexington County Baseball Stadium. 
Photo of MTC President Dr. Ronald Rhames and an MTC graduate receiving her diploma.
No. 2 President Ronald Rhames congratulates the graduates who became part of the MTC Alumni Association on the 43rd anniversary of his own graduation.
Photo of MTC graduate posing for a picture with a friend.
No. 1 Welcome to the MTC Alumni Association!

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