Congratulations on your accomplishment! Years of hard work and dedication culminate in this timeless academic tradition and celebration of student success. MSC faculty and staff extend their heart felt congratulations to all of our graduating students. 

Commencement Ceremony 2023

Commencement is on May 12, 2023 and will be held in the Glenn Massay Theater (GMT).    

Pre-commencement Information:

  • April 

    Reserve your cap and gown

    Our caps and gowns were purchased by the Mat-Su College Student Government Council and are available for your use free of charge. Please go to the Campus Cache during their normal business hours and reserve a gown in your size. Monday - Friday 8:30 am-5 pm.  Note: If you wish to purchase a cap and gown, you can order online through the UAA bookstore or call 907-786-1194.

  • May 12

    Commencement at the Glenn Massay Theater

    • Rehearsal - 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Break - please return by 6:00 p.m.
    • Commencement
      • Graduates must arrive for check-in by 6:00 p.m.
      • Group photograph, compliments of Mat-Su College, taken at 6:30 p.m. (SHARP)
      • An individual complimentary graduation photo will be provided by Student Government
      • You may order additional prints through J.L.Chabotte Creative @ Studio
      • Graduate processional line-up at 7:15 p.m.
      • Commencement ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • Honors Cords
    Graduates who are receiving honor cords will receive an email with instructions on picking up their cords before commencement in Student Services office. 
  •  Diplomas and Photos
     We will contact you when your diploma and/or photos(s) are ready for pick up. This will be sometime in early summer.


Leadership and Recognition


Student Commencement Speaker

The Student Commencement Speaker offers an address during the Mat-Su College commencement ceremony and serves as the representative of this year’s graduating class. Providing the student address during this important university event is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class, reflect upon the past few years, and convey a message for the future. Along with notable members of Mat-Su College, UAA and UA community, as well as other important Alaskan representatives, the Student Commencement Speaker participates in pre-commencement activities and is seated on the main stage during the program. 

Requirements to be Student Commencement Speaker

  • Must have graduated or will be graduating with an associate’s degree through Mat-Su College during at least one of the following semesters: Summer 2022, Fall 2022 or Spring 2023
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Must complete and submit the Application for Student Speaker by April 6, 2023 at 5 p.m. 
  • Submit Application and Essay to Student Services.

The MSC Commencement Speaker application requires you to write and attach a short essay to the application. In the essay, explain why you think you would make a good representative for this year’s graduating class and why you would like to be the speaker. 

 Leadership Honors

Leadership Honors are awarded to individuals upon graduation to recognize and honor their leadership contributions to the UAA Mat-Su College (MSC) and the Mat-Su community while maintaining academic excellence. Leadership activities and involvement must promote individual and collective growth, demonstrate increased engagement with the community at MSC and beyond, thereby enhancing student life at MSC. Recipients of MSC Leadership Honors are commemorated at the MSC commencement ceremony, bestowed crimson honor cords, and receive a permanent notation on their academic transcript.


Requirements to qualify for MSC Leadership Honors

  • Must have graduated or will be graduating with an OEC, certificate, or associate’s degree through Mat-Su College during at least one of the following semesters: Summer 2022, Fall 2022 or Spring 2023
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete and submit the MSC Leadership Honors application, including 2 letters of recommendation by April 6, 2023 at 5 p.m.
The MSC Leadership Honors application requires you to write and attach an essay and bullet list outlining your significant contribution to Mat-Su College such as participation in college club activities, Student Government, and other student groups. You will also need to submit 2 letters of recommendation from the MSC faculty or staff that can attest to your college leadership involvement.

To Applicant: Give the link above to any Mat-Su College faculty or staff who know you well and can speak directly and specifically about your MSC campus leadership experience, ability and potential. Please allow adequate time for the person providing a recommendation to complete this form before the application deadline of April 6, 2023.

To the Recommender:  Students may apply for Student Leadership Honors to be awarded upon graduation. If a student has asked you for a recommendation letter, please describe the student’s strengths with regard to academic achievement, campus leadership, and/or character. Support your statements with reference to your personal academic/campus experiences with the student. Please feel free to attach additional pages if necessary.

 *Printed application packets are also available in the Student Services office.

2021-2022 Mat-Su College Graduates

Associate of Applied Science

Graduate Major Honors
Amber Dafoe                                            Accounting Magna Cum Laude/NSLS
Kyla Gauthier Accounting  
Mykhailo Sazhniev Accounting Magna Cum Laude
John Stiner Accounting  
Justin Zimin Accounting  
Philip Kulakevich Computer Systems and Network Technology  
Gilberto Ramos Jr. Computer Systems and Network Technology  
Leah  Figon General Business Cum Laude
Marcia Harrison Human Services  
Yadira Schum Human Services  
Susan Townsend Human Services  
Mallory Garbe Paramedical Technology  
Spencer Marsh Paramedical Technology  
Michael McCurtain Paramedical Technology Magna Cum Laude
Shannon Titzel                                                  Paramedical Technology Magna Cum Laude

Associate of Arts

Graduate                                                                  Major                                                                        Honors
Alyssa Alcock General Program     
Amber Alexander General Program  
Aria Beames General Program Magna Cum Laude              
Hannah Bissett General Program  
Alexandria Burks-Dakutak General Program NSLS
Brooke Compton General Program Magna Cum Laude
Madeline Davis General Program  
Paige Duckworth General Program  
Courtney Duffin General Program Cum Laude
Moriah Dulinsky General Program  
Elizabeth Edwards General Program  
Elizabeth Evans General Program  
Brock Grant General Program Cum Laude
Kolten Greathouse General Program  
Morgan Groendyke General Program Cum Laude
Katie Jackson General Program  
Kadi Judd General Program Cum Laude
Vitaliya Kulakevich General Program Cum Laude
Amber Larson General Program  
Rishaun Gerome Lucero General Program Magna Cum Laude
Nicholas Maness General Program  
Ryker Martin General Program Magna Cum Laude
Andrew Mattson General Program  
David McCreary General Program  
Micaiah Michaud General Program Cum Laude
Daniel Miller General Program Magna Cum Laude
Logan Miller General Program Cum Laude
Rylee Olympic General Program  
Emily Owens General Program Magna Cum Laude
Eric Rangel General Program  
Naneth Rhoads General Program  
Jonathon Royce General Program  
William Schoolfield General Program Magna Cum Laude
Samuel Snively General Program Summa Cum Laude
James Sucher General Program  
Janice Tanner General Program  
Matthew Wagner General Program  
Krista Wood General Program  

Occupational Endorsement Certificate

Graduate                                                               Major                          
Caleb Buist                     Cisco Certified Network Associate  
Krisgerry Heckel Cisco Certified Network Associate  
Jeremy Lee Cisco Certified Network Associate  
Brennen Major Cisco Certified Network Associate  
Lucas Baugus Refrigeration and Heating  
Cody Fritz Refrigeration and Heating  
Terry Bryant Residential and Light Commercial Heating and Ventilation  
Aimee Deloach Veterinary Assisting  
Katelynn House Veterinary Assisting  
Robin Letourneau Veterinary Assisting  
Riley McLellan

Veterinary Assisting


Graduate from University of Anchorage Alaska

Graduate Major           Degree Honors
James Watkins                                       Accounting   Associate of Applied Science     Cum Laude


Graduates from University of Alaska Southeast

Graduate Major           Degree
Timothy Farring               Elementary Education Bachelor of Arts
Kathleen Yerbich                  Reading Specialist Master of Education

Graduate with Honors

Standing                        GPA Requirement  
Summa Cum Laude  4.00                                      
Magna Cum Laude 3.80 to 3.99  
Cum Laude 3.5 to 3.79