FRC’s president graduates his first class

  “Don’t dwell on the faults,” advised faculty presenter Darla DeRuiter at Feather River College’s commencement ceremony May 24, the day after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake rattled Plumas County and beyond.

  DeRuiter presented two awards: Outstanding Alumnus to Elizabeth Powell for developing a local food movement, and a $1,000 Alice Foster Scholarship award to Michael Byrd, an environmental studies major.

  Superintendent/President Kevin Trutna presided over the first class to graduate since he was appointed permanently to the head job at Feather River College last January.

  The college handed out diplomas to 94 students at its commencement ceremony May 24 and an additional 100 graduates received diplomas in the mail.

  Trutna said the Class of 2013 consisted of 66 male graduates and 128 females. The youngest graduate was 18 and the oldest was 66.

  The graduates earned 231 degrees and certificates; some students earned as many as six. The most popular degree was an Associate of Arts in social and behavioral sciences: 111 were awarded.

  The commencement address, given by LeBaron Woodyard, offered graduates advice on how to succeed in life.

  “Show up, ready for work, on time,” Woodyard said. To be in the top 5 percent of employees, Woodyard told graduates to add “with a positive attitude” to that list.

  Faculty speaker Michael Bagley had three pieces of advice for students. He told graduates to get a mentor, realize they may not be able to do everything and recognize that family and friends are the best love and strength they can find.

  Jessica Voyles, elected by her peers to give the student address, also had a piece of advice for her fellow graduates: “Success can only be measured when attempted.”

  Voyles read her favorite quote from author and visionary Marianne Williamson, which begins, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

  Voyles, co-captain of the FRC volleyball team and recipient of a full-ride scholarship (like most of the volleyball team members), told the audience her experiences as a student-athlete exceeded her expectations.

  Voyles said she learned to value teamwork over individual goals.

  The commencement took place in the multi-purpose building, where refreshments and a backdrop for picture-taking were available for graduates and their guests, some of whom came from as far away as South Carolina.

       An increased offering of summer classes begins June 18. For more information, contact Connie Litz at 283-0202, ext. 317, or

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