FVCC Celebrates its 50th Graduating Class

Flathead Valley Community College graduated its 50th class on May 18, 2018 during a commencement ceremony on campus.

Three hundred sixty-eight students were recognized for completing graduation requirements during the 2017-2018 academic year. Before receiving their diplomas, the Class of 2018 received some sage advice from FVCC alumna and astrophysicist Dr. Sarah Rugheimer, a graduate of Harvard and a Simons Origins of Life Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Despite her many accomplishments in life, including summiting several of the world’s highest mountains, Dr. Rugheimer said she has routinely struggled with “Imposter Syndrome,” a.k.a. serious self-doubt.

She told the graduates she eventually learned that the most important thing she can do for herself when she is stymied by fear and self-doubt is to take care of her body first. Simple yet powerful advice…self-care, including doing the things that make us happy, creates space for success.

We invite you to listen to Dr. Rugheimer’s speech, along with the rest of the FVCC 2018 Commencement Ceremony in the following video.