May 10, 2022 by Alexander Stillson

FVCC Celebrates 54th Annual Commencement and ASN Nursing Pinning on Friday, May 13

Flathead Valley Community College is set to honor the class of 2022 at its 54th annual commencement ceremony Friday, May 13 at 6pm. All graduation activities will take
place on the FVCC campus in Kalispell to celebrate 298 students earning 313 degrees and certificates.

Each year, FVCC graduates go on to pursue bachelor’s degrees and careers in the workforce. Many become leaders in industry, in their chosen field of research, and in their local communities. No matter what direction students take upon graduating from FVCC, each is poised to tackle their next opportunity with competitive knowledge and skills to succeed.

One such graduate is Tara DiDomenico, graduating on the 13th with her Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN). Already working as a medical assistant and with previous higher education from earlier in life, she describes how the decision to return to college was a difficult one at first.

“I wanted to progress in my career but was afraid to make a big change and figure out finances. After evaluating my options in Montana, I’m so glad I chose FVCC and that this caliber of program was available right here in the valley,” DiDomenico explained.

The smaller class sizes, sense of community and financial support at FVCC brought DiDomenico the confidence she needed to pursue further training in her career. She added, “the support systems at FVCC made a huge impact on my experience. The faculty is invested in your success and want to see you succeed, and the community’s support through scholarships got me to where I am today.”

DiDomenico and her fellow graduating ASN classmates will be honored at the ASN pinning ceremony on May 13 at 3pm in the Arts & Technology building prior to the main graduation ceremony. Family, friends and community members are welcome to attend and support the group’s achievements as they embark on the next steps of their career.

“I plan to continue on and earn my bachelor’s degree and then master’s in nursing, and ultimately, give back to the community that got me here,” DiDomenico said. “I couldn’t be happier I made the leap to continue my education at FVCC, and hope to return one day as an educator – I’m an FVCC lifer!” she concluded.

FVCC proudly salutes the entire class of 2022 in their pursuit of higher education, their hours of hard work, and their dedication that has led to Friday’s ceremonies.