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With a graduating class of 78, the National Labor College Class of 2012 is set to receive their diplomas at the Commencement Ceremony this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.

Graduates include those who have completed their course work in the Summer and Fall of 2011 and those who finished in Spring of 2012. They represent more than 20 unions and Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO.

Nearly 50 graduates are making the trip to the Silver Spring campus to participate in the ceremony. They are bringing with them the family, friends, and union leaders who supported them throughout their journey to finish their bachelor’s degree.

Mark King Elected to Class Speaker

Speaking for the graduates will be elected class speaker Mark King, 2011 Class President:

“My NLC degree to me is a symbol of my ability to set a goal and see it through, no matter what obstacles presented themselves. I have had the privilege of studying under some amazing imparters of both knowledge and enthusiasm, professors and instructors that Live Labor, long term veterans of workers struggles for a fair shake that happened to also be top notch educators.

My hope is that as I build a personal future and work for justice for working people I can pass this gift along. My NLC degree in Labor Studies has given me the knowledge and background to more effectively serve my local, my Union and the AFL-CIO as I pitch in to work for a better future for my grandson- and yours too! I guess that, in a way, makes my degree a sort of ‘keys to the kingdom.’”

Congratulations to all the graduates! You did it!

Leave your wishes or advice to the graduates in the comments.
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