“You’re never too old or too young to learn.” Harold Joseph, Jr., Director of Diné College -Tuba City, is in a position to know that first hand, and he pointed that fact out in his opening address to the college’s Year 2000 graduating class.
Dr. Francis Becenti, President of Diné College, Tsaile, said that he echoed the “wise words” of Joseph. Becenti has witnessed the graduation of hundreds of students in his career, and said that “there is always someone to look up to.” He also expressed his excitement in seeing a new Tuba City Campus. “We will show the state we can build our own campus.”
Guest Speaker Dr. Susie John offered inspiration to the graduating class, describing herself in her youth as a “shy Navajo girl.” She told a traditional story of being self-centered and wisdom. “I’m here to tell you, you can aspire in your education,” John explained. “There is a medicine bundle hidden inside each one of us. Let’s find it!”
James Bilagody, in his capacity as a member of the Board of Regents, encouraged students to use their degrees “to help yourself and your family.
“Establish yourself so others can stand on you. Make a plan to help your community and country,” he continued.
Members of the graduating class offered their own talents throughout the ceremony. Teddy Bedonie served as Master of Ceremony, while Mia Seimy offered the Opening Prayer. Gary Elthie provided flute music as entertainment during the dinner. Evelyna Cleveland closed the ceremony by offering the Benediction.
The Class of 2000 is: Teddy F. Bedonie, Elavina S. Begay, Audrey R. Bradley, Geraldine R. Clark, Evelyna Cleveland, Linda A. Curley, Audra C. Dayzie, Gary Elthie, Aurelia P. Fisher, Nora Fowler, Teresa Jean Gamble, Genevieve Hadley, Craig M. Holliday, Christopher Kensley, J.R. Secody, Mia Seimy, Zelda Sue Tahy, Saraphina Thompson, Randell Tso, Sophia Tso, Britt Daryl Tsosie, Martina J. Whitehair, and Tanya F. Whitehorse.