Congratulations Tribal College Graduates

May 1st, 2016 | By | Category: Tribal College News Roundup
By Rachael Marchbanks

The spring quarter is a busy time here at Tribal College Journal. Our full calendars help us ignore the blustery weather when we have so much to look forward to in the coming months. In February, AIHEC invited the TCJ staffers to Capitol Hill to accompany delegations of tribal college students and presidents who visited with their respective congressional members about the needs of the colleges and their students. We heard moving testimony from students who were able to turn their lives around thanks to the help of tribal colleges. We also heard words of encouragement from dignitaries such as Charles M. “Monty” Roessel, Director of the Bureau of Indian Education and a firm believer in the value and success of tribal colleges.

In March, we attended the annual AIHEC Student Conference, where we sponsored a poetry slam in which 20 students competed for cash prizes in front of an audience of more than 300. At we have posted video highlights of this event, where readers can hear for themselves the powerful words of the slam poets. We also helped judge the film competition, organized a media relations workshop, and recognized the winners of our annual student writing contest at the awards banquet.

In April, we selected the top entries for TCJ’s art and film competition and in May we’ll visit a few tribal colleges for commencement ceremonies. We look forward to applauding the graduates and celebrating with their families who supported them in their journey to earn a degree or certificate. By offering affordable tuition and helping identify scholarships and grants, tribal colleges enable students to graduate with minimal student loan debt. For those just entering a competitive job market, this allows them to get off to a good start. In contrast, students who graduate from mainstream four-year institutions are burdened with, on average, $35,000 in student debt.

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