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.