MVC to Confer 224 Degrees at Commencement

April 27, 2018
Missouri Valley College

Missouri Valley College will confer 224 degrees to students at its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on May 5 at Gregg-Mitchell Field on the MVC campus. The 2018 graduating class is the 129th class to graduate from MVC. The class consists of 218 undergraduate students and 6 students graduating from the College’s graduate program in community counseling.

MVC Alumnus Frank Massaro will give the Commencement address.

Frank Massaro came to Missouri Valley College in 1972.  He graduated from Valley in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  Frank then went on to law school and obtained his law degree from DePaul University in Chicago.  While at Valley, Frank received the Outstanding Wrestler Award and was named Honor Active of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.  He received Missouri Valley’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2015.

Today, Frank is an Immigration Lawyer in Manhattan.  He’s been practicing Immigration Law for over 35 years.  He has his own private practice in Manhattan and he is also “Of Counsel” to the law firms of Jacoby & Meyers, Fine Olin & Anderman, and Finkelstein & Partners.  Frank is a Lecturer in the Free Legal Education Seminars Series sponsored by the Law Firm of Finkelstein and Partners. He has served as a Moot Court Judge for New York University Law School and is a long time member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  Supporting young people in their educational process both academic and professional have been lifelong priorities for Frank.

Massaro and Hugh L. Libby will each be presented with an honorary doctorate at the 2018 commencement ceremony.

Hugh L. Libby graduated from Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri in 1942. He attended Kansas City University, Park College and Columbia University in New York, New York as components of his Navy Midshipman program. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1948.

Hugh served his country as a proud member of the United States Navy. Upon his release from the Navy, he became an entrepreneur. Between the years of 1948 and 1982, he developed and successfully sold four companies. In 1984 he transformed Libby Welding (a company started by his father in 1924) into the Libby Corporation, which became the largest manufacturer of military generators in the world with products being provided to the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps.  

Hugh believes in philanthropy and community service. He has served on many organizational boards including numerous bank boards and the Lincoln Electric Company. He is proud to be a major benefactor to the Mayo Clinic, and a benefactor to Alzheimer Research at KU Medical Center and Johnson County Community College. He is a Sachem of the Tribe of Micosay, a special group of the H. Roe Bartle Scouting Reservation. Hugh is a lifelong learner and a tremendous supporter of education.

Dr. Diane Bartholomew, vice president of academic affairs, will present two students with the Charles L. Bacon Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually to a senior man and woman, which are voted on by the senior class.

The College will live-stream Commencement at In addition, the College will provide a live video feed of Commencement in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre inside the Technology Center on the MVC campus.

In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be moved to the Burns Athletic Center on MVC’s campus. Visit for updates.


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