GRAVES COUNTY, Ky. -
A group of graduates called "The Miracle Class" is the last of a legacy from Mid-Continent University. "It's bittersweet knowing that it's the final class to ever graduate," said business management graduate Elaine Smith.
Almost one month ago, laid off teachers, staff, and administrators from Mid-Continent University committed to having one, final graduating class. Saturday, the class of 2014 put on their caps and gowns and crossed the stage at Graves County High School to receive what's likely the last batch of diplomas from MCU.
MCU students, soon to be MCU graduates, filed into their seats with friends and family watching from the stands. It was a moment that almost didn't happen. Graduating was accomplishment Smith said couldn't have happened without faculty and staff who, at times, worked without pay to make sure they made it across the stage. "We felt like our Christian responsibility was to see our students reach today. We felt like we had no choice," said Professor William Mason.
Mason and others like him earned admiration from the students and from MCU's Acting President Dr. Tom Walden. He said, "Be proud of your heritage at Mid-Continent." It's a heritage now in the hands of graduates, who now have in their hands a token signifying what an entire community helped them achieve. "It's really relieving to have gone through it all now," said business administration graduate Drew Harrison.
Donations from community members and charitable organizations helped make MCU's graduation ceremony possible. They also provided meals for students who were living on campus during the lay off's.
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