More than 2,800 degrees and certificates will be conferred at St. Louis Community College’s commencement exercises Sunday, May 17, at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena, No. 1 South Compton Ave.
Ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. A total of 2,378 associate degrees and 468 certificates will be conferred. Students who completed bachelor’s degrees through programs between STLCC and both Central Methodist University and Southeast Missouri State University also will receive diplomas during the ceremonies.
The student speaker will be Xavier Souter, who will receive an associate degree in criminal justice. Souter, serves as the president of the Criminal Justice Club, and has been the state president of the Missouri Community College Association-Student Government group. He also has served for two years as president of the Florissant Valley Student Government Association, which earned the MCCA’s Make a Difference Award for assisting in setting up for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ job fair last fall. He is a mentor for the African-American Male Initiative at Florissant Valley and a youth mentor for the Ferguson Youth Initiative. Souter, who was home-schooled from fourth grade through high school, plans to study pre-law and eventually go to law school. Ultimately, Souter wants to work in St. Louis and help students with legal problems as a pro bono service.
Sam Coleman, mass communication student at St. Louis Community College- Florissant Valley, recently was named the 2015 Phillip H. Grogg Award winner. Coleman, is currently the production and public affairs director at KCFV, Florissant Valley's student-run radio station.
“He has been instrumental in getting fresh student produced content on the air,” said Paul Huddleston, KCFV manager. “Sam also devotes a lot of his time helping mass communications students.”
Also known as “jazz hands”, Coleman has also been involved in the voice acting collaboration with the students taking animation classes. He anticipates graduating in Spring 2016 and looks forward to working in the voiceover industry.
Other nominees included Rachel Jackson and DeJuan Dubose.
The Grogg Award was established in 1983 in memory of Phillip Grogg, a student manager of KCFV who died in the fall of 1982 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. After Grogg's death, his mother Norma Grogg, gathered his unspent work study checks and donated them to the station. KCFV used that money to start a scholarship fund in Grogg's honor. Every spring, an outstanding student who demonstrates excellence in the areas of broadcasting skills and leadership is recognized.