Methodist University holds commencement ceremonies

19Methodist University’s 61st annual Commencement on May 11 included an entire day of celebration as graduates received degrees and are now prepared for the next chapter of their lives.
The University hosted “Commencement Weekend,” which included two commemorative events at the Crown Coliseum for the Class of 2024. First was Commencement 2024 for students receiving their bachelor’s degrees, and then a graduate commencement ceremony at the same location later that evening.
Methodist University President Stanley T. Wearden congratulated the nearly 400 graduate and undergraduate students who officially completed academic degrees from more than 80 areas of study that are offered on campus and online at MU.
“Congratulations, graduates. I am so very proud of your accomplishments,” said Wearden. “Now, you will embark on new adventures in your lives, equipped with a Methodist University education and supported not only by your families, faculty, and staff, but by your friends – fellow students you have met along the way who will join you as fellow alumni. Stay in touch with this network. Share your successes and challenges. Care for them and allow them to care for you.”
On Saturday afternoon, thousands of loved ones filled the Crown Coliseum for Commencement 2024. General Dan K. McNeill served as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. McNeill served with the Special Forces, airborne infantry (including the 82nd Airborne Division), mechanized infantry, and aviation units for more than 40 years before retiring in 2008.
Before receiving an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Methodist University for his contributions to society, McNeill addressed the graduates with a call for action in their post-graduation careers.
“Congratulations to all of you,” said McNeill. “As you move forward, you have the privilege to serve, and you must serve. Learn how to follow before you lead and when you’re ready, seek positions of leadership. Remember, leadership and trust are closely related terms. You now have the requisite skills to stride forth with confidence in the world.”
“This is a significant achievement, and it will change your lives in many ways both tangible and intangible,” Wearden said.
“You are now joining an elite group – the alumni of this great University. Your MU journey extends beyond today, beyond commencement. This is your University today, and it will always be your University. This is a great institution, and as we all work to make it even better, we will need your help.”
To access replays of both commencements, head to the Methodist University YouTube channel. Hundreds of photos from both commencements will be available on the Methodist University Flickr page at a later date.

FTCC offers programs in Criminal Justice, Public Administration

19aFayetteville Technical Community College has established itself as a premier institution for those seeking careers in criminal justice and public administration. With comprehensive curricula, experienced faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities, FTCC attracts students from across the region who aspire to make a difference in their communities.
The Criminal Justice program at FTCC provides students with a solid foundation in the theories, practices, and skills necessary to succeed in various sectors of the justice system. The college offers a wide range of courses including Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology, Criminal Law, and Criminal Investigation, among various others. These courses ensure that students gain a thorough understanding of the complexities of the criminal justice system and are well-prepared for the challenges they may face in their future careers. Interested in processing crime scenes or analyzing hair fibers? The Forensic Science program is also available.
Similarly, FTCC’s Public Administration Program is an excellent choice for students seeking careers in government, non-profit organizations, or public service. The program offers a comprehensive curriculum covering public policy, budgeting and finance, ethics, human resource management, and organizational behavior. Students gain a deep understanding of the principles and practices of effective public administration, preparing them to become leaders in their chosen fields. The program also emphasizes the importance of ethical leadership, ensuring that graduates are ready to serve with integrity and transparency.
One of the key strengths of both the criminal justice and public administration programs at FTCC is the faculty. The college boasts a team of experienced professionals who bring knowledge and real-world expertise to the classroom. Many instructors have served in law enforcement, corrections, the court system, government agencies, and non-profit organizations providing students with valuable insights and practical examples to enhance their learning experience. FTCC also prides itself on its commitment to hands-on learning. The college has invested in state-of-the-art facilities, including a crime scene investigation lab and a mock courtroom, where students can apply the theories and skills they have learned in a realistic setting. These practical experiences are invaluable in preparing students for the demands of their future careers.
Furthermore, FTCC’s criminal justice and public administration programs are affordable and accessible. The college offers competitive tuition rates and financial aid options, allowing students from diverse backgrounds to pursue their educational goals with minimal to no out-of-pocket costs. The programs also provide flexible scheduling, with classes available during the day, evening, and online accommodating the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students.
With its commitment to academic excellence, experienced faculty, and hands-on learning opportunities, Fayetteville Technical Community College is the ideal choice for those seeking rewarding criminal justice and public administration careers. Prospective students are encouraged to explore these programs and take the first step towards a fulfilling future in these vital fields.
Join our team! Summer and Fall registrations are open now!
If you would like more information, please contact Jeffrey Zack, Criminal Justice Department Chair, at zackj@faytechcc.edu, or by phone at 910-678-0043 or Jennifer Osborn, Criminal Justice and Public Administration Instructor, at osbornje@faytechcc.edu, or by phone at 910-678-0045.

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