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Every year, ICCFA University recognizes students who have completed four of the university's six colleges as graduates. (There used to be four colleges-- Cremation Services and 21st Century Services are fairly recent additions; the others are Administration & Management, Funeral Home Management, Land Management & Grounds Operations and Sales & Marketing.)
Some graduates will be back again as students in the master's or CEO program. Some will return to teach. All who return do so because of the great time they had learning and sharing at this five-day training session, unique in the cemetery, cremation and funeral profession.
For more photos from the graduation ceremony, just click on any pic!
Eric Trujillo and April Remedies head for the graduates' front-row seats as students applaud.
Chancellor Mike Burke (center) with the valedictorians for the past four years (see, graduates DO keep coming back!), Allen Dave Jr., Allen Dave Funeral Directors, Houston, Texas; this year's valedictorian Gino Merendino, Merendino Cemetery Care, Linden, New Jersey; Mitchen Fortin, Le Repos St-Francois D'Assise Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec; and Jim Hammond, Gaffney Funeral Home, Tacoma, Washington. Since there are no grade-point averages, valedictorians are chosen by their fellow graduates.
ICCFA University 2010 graduates (from left):
*John Lewis, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California:
*Jack Wagatsuma, Service Corporation International, Bellevue, Washington;
*Rufus Slade, Woodland Historic Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio;
*Kimberly Kojan, Miller Jones Mortuary, Romoland, California;
(*Chancellor Mike Burke);
*April Remedies, Forest Park Cemetery-East, Shreveport, Louisiana;
*Adam Cooper, Lawnwood Memorial Park, Covington, Georgia;
*Eric Trujillo, Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California;
*Gino Merendino, Merendino Cemetery Care, Linden, New Jersey; and
*Phil Niebergall, Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District, Huntington, West Virginia.