Big Bend’s big day

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A Big Bend Community College graduate celebrates during commencement Friday.

A Big Bend Community College graduate celebrates during commencement Friday.

Sometimes things get compared to a perfect storm. Melinda Dourte called her graduation from Big Bend Community College “perfect sunshine.”

Dourte works in the BBCC administration office and kept working while going to school. She was encouraged by BBCC president Terry Leas, who told her she would be an example for other BBCC students.

The BBCC commencement ceremony was the completion of the first step. “It’s awesome. It’s like the perfect sunshine,” Dourte said. She plans to keep going, taking distance classes from Central Washington University, with the goal of a degree in communications or business.

Of course all graduates wore the traditional gown and mortarboard (that’s the cap) and it’s become fashionable to decorate the mortarboard with a little bit of the graduate’s personal story.

“First generation, sí se puede,” read one, and “Gracias, Mami & Papi,” read another. “I did it – I graduated,” read a third.

Maaike Mensonides added the symbol of the Rebel Alliance from the Star Wars to her cap. One of her guests at graduation said she was definitely a rebel. Mensonides defended herself. “But in Star Wars the Rebels are the good guys.”A newly minted Big Bend Community College graduate shows off her diploma at Friday's commencement.

The nursing program students went all out. Some read simply, “RN,” while others were more conversational. “Veni, vidi, vici,” Latin for “I came, I saw, I conquered,” was on one, while another said, “She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans.”

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