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MAC graduation to be May 7

More than 300 students are expected to don caps and gowns for Mineral Area College’s graduation at 10:30 a.m., May 7.

The keynote speaker will be Missouri Rep. Rod Jetton, R-156th District, the Speaker of the Missouri House.

“We’re delighted Mr. Jetton has agreed to speak before Mineral Area College’s 81st graduating class,” said Dr. Terry L. Barnes, college president. “As one of the oldest community colleges in Missouri, MAC has played an important role in the state’s history of colleges and universities. It’s great to have the leader of the Missouri House speak during our commencement ceremony.”

Jetton is completing his second term representing the district that includes Bollinger, Madison, and most of Wayne counties in Southeast Missouri. He was elected by his colleagues this year as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He graduated from Charleston High School in 1986 and from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar in 1990. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served as an infantry officer for four years, where he was active in U.S. operations in Bosnia and Somalia.

In the House, Jetton has focused on education, fiscal responsibility and improving the state’s highways.

In 2001, Jetton walked 255 miles from his home in Marble Hill to the Capitol in Jefferson City in an effort to draw attention to the state’s transportation needs. He used the trip to discuss the need to ensure transportation money is spent wisely.

Jetton and his wife Cassie run a small appraisal business in Marble Hill. They have three children; Callie, Elaine, and Will.

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