CURTIS – Nearly 80 students walked across the stage Thursday to receive their associate degree or 1-year certificate from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds delivered commencement addresses.
Ricketts explained the role NCTA plays in Nebraska’s agriculture…
NU Regent Bob Phares of North Platte provided greetings from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
New University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green made remarks on behalf of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources where Green has served as vice chancellor since 2010. Green, who assumes the UNL chancellorship duties on May 8, will assist NCTA Dean Ron Rosati in conferring graduation degrees.
Green explained NCTA as a niche in the university system…
Additionally, the region’s state senator, Dan Hughes of Venango, attended as well other representatives of IANR and the University of Nebraska Foundation.
Commencement participants included presentation of colors by the Curtis American Legion Post #95, national anthem sung by Taylor McQuade, Curtis, and invocation and benediction by NCTA students Michelle Conneally, Grand Island, and Desarae Catlett, Broken Bow.
Grand marshals were NCTA faculty members Joanna Hergenreder and Bridger Chytka, both assistant professors in animal science.
NCTA benefits the agricultural economy in Nebraska according to Bounds…
The two-year college founded in 1965 specializes solely in agricultural areas of academics.
Students received associate’s degrees in agribusiness management systems, agriculture production systems, horticulture systems and veterinary technology systems.
One-year certificates of study will be conferred for irrigation technology, animal production systems and animal health care.
The Curtis school was founded in 1913 as a regional high school serving communities in southwestern, central, north central and western Nebraska where the vast geography often prevented the establishment of community high schools.
The full interviews with Ricketts, Bounds and Green are provided below.