Aaniiih Nakoda College Newsletter
Summer 2016

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the commencement started with the traditional procession with songs provided by the Aaniiih Nakoda Drum. Guest dancers included, Catcher Cuts the Rope, Dominic Messerly, Terrance Messerly, Brad Cichosz, Wozek Chandler, Cecelia Helgeson and Serena Chandler. Following the procession a prayer was offered by George Horse Capture, Jr. The ceremony was emceed by Clarena Brockie, ANC Dean of Students. The honored guest speaker was Dr. Ferlin Clark, past President of Dine' Community College in Tsaile, Arizona. Dr. Clark has an Ed.M., from Harvard University and B.A. from Fort Lewis College. He became the Interim President in 2003 and served as the President of Dine' College from 2004 to 2010. Following the ceremony, all who attended were invited to dine, with food provided by the ANC staff and faculty.

President Carole Falcon-Chandler stated, "This is the best time of the academic year for me. It is always a bittersweet moment for us here at the college. We are happy to watch our graduates receive their diplomas and move forward in their lives but a little sad because we won't get to see them on a daily basis and be so actively involved in their lives. But they know that we at ANC are always here for them to come back and visit or call if they need any kind of moral support. Like birds leaving the nest we are proud of them and will always feel that connection to them."

The 2016 ANC graduates are:

Associate of Science:

Allied Health: Fanci Boushie, Kaye Brown, Louise Doney, Haeli Gardipee, and Aryn Longkife Jake

Associate of Arts:

Business Technology: Alanna Raining Bird and Christen Falcon
Early Childhood: Jessica Doney, Marla Doney, Raelene Doney, and Trisha Standing Bear
Elementary Education: Shaylea Tatsey and Johnathan Walker
Environmental Science: Shay Snider and Truan Yellowstone
Liberal Arts: Chaleina Littlesun

One-year Certificate:

Carpentry: Wallace Birdtail, Henry Brockie Jr., Hawken Haakanson, Nicholas Haakanson, Terry Sandcrane, and Elias Werk
Tribal Management: Mel Doney and Thane Gray
Welding: Shane Brockie, Jessie Main, and Terry Sandcrane

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