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SCC holds 31st annual commencement exercises; Sally Faith receives 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award

Published: 05/21/2019

Graduates gathered to celebrate their achievements at St. Charles Community College on May 18 for the college’s 31st annual commencement exercises.

In his keynote address, Art Holliday, local broadcast journalist and St. Charles County native, told graduates, “It’s okay to make plans, but life doesn’t care about your plans. Be prepared for the unexpected things life and work are going to throw at you, because it’s going to happen.”

Holliday then asked the graduates, “What are you going to do when there’s disappointment, struggle and tough times? Because that’s the measure of a man and a woman.”

19-0518-SCC-Commencement-082 Art Holliday, local broadcast journalist, addresses the crowd at the college’s 31st commencement on May 18.

Also addressing a crowd of an estimated 1,600 graduates, faculty, relatives and friends was student representative Emily Goldschmidt.

In her address, Goldschmidt spoke of growth, “We may all have attended St. Charles Community College together, but we studied different subjects from different professors and through the time we have each spent here, whether it be years or months, we have had different experiences that have continued to shape who we are and who we are meant to be.”

Of the 255 graduates who received honors distinctions, 39 received Highest Honors, 70 received High Honors and 146 received Honors distinctions.

At the commencement ceremony, the Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Sally A. Faith.

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(Left to right) Sally A. Faith, retired Mayor of the City of St. Charles, and Pamela Cilek, SCC Board of Trustees president, at the college’s 31st commencement on May 18.

Faith has devoted her life to moving the city and county of St. Charles forward. From the college’s earliest days, Faith’s dedication and support of SCC has helped thousands of students pursue their dream of a college education.

“We cannot ever give up,” Faith said. “We have to keep going forward.” 

Faith was instrumental in the passage of the ballot initiative that established the college district. She was elected to SCC’s first Board of Trustees, serving from 1986-1995. She said she wanted to be a Board member so that she could ensure that county residents had access to low in-district tuition rates and because she knew the college would make a positive impact on the region. She served as the director of development for the SCC Foundation from 1997 to 2005 and was elected an Emeritus Foundation board member in 2009. She took classes at SCC; her son Howard received an associate degree and her grandson Lance is currently attending SCC. 

Throughout her career, Faith continued to push for excellence. She recently retired after serving two terms as Mayor of the City of St. Charles, 2011-2015 and 2015-2019. She previously represented St. Charles County (District 15) in the Missouri House of Representatives and served as chair and vice-chair of the St. Charles County Council District 5 from 1995-2004.  

Faith is a member of the St. Charles Transit Authority, Athena Leadership Foundation, the Rotary Club of St. Charles and the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. She also served on the board of directors of Bridgeway, Focus St. Louis, Connections to Success, New Frontier Bank, Habitat for Humanity, the Foundry Art Center, Mayor’s Clergy Coalition, Human Relations Commission, Neighbor Helping Neighbor Services Coalition and Emergency Weather Response Team.  

Always mindful of the importance of helping others and affecting positive change, Faith established a scholarship for returning learners in memory of her mother, Florence Killian.

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Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., SCC president congratulates students at the college’s 31st commencement on May 18.

Presiding over the commencement ceremony was Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., SCC president. Pamela Cilek, president of the SCC Board of Trustees, and John Bookstaver, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management, assisted with the conferring of degrees and certificates. The SCC Concert Band, directed by Nancy Garza, and the SCC Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Becky Thorn, with Travis Evans on piano, provided music. The Commencement Marshal was Cheryl Eichenseer, associate professor/faculty member of the year. Ushers were comprised of college staff.

St. Charles Community College is a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit stchas.edu.

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