MVC to Confer 237 Degrees at Commencement
Missouri Valley College will confer 237 degrees to students during its Commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on May 4 at Gregg-Mitchell Field on the MVC campus. The 2019 graduating class is the 130th class to graduate from MVC. The class consists of 226 undergraduate students and 11 students graduating from the College’s graduate program in community counseling.
MVC Alumnus EJ Narcise will give the Commencement address.
EJ Narcise is a 1981 graduate of Missouri Valley College and the co-founder of Team Services, LLC, one of the country’s leading sports marketing consultancy firms. EJ has enjoyed a diverse and fulfilling career starting with his first job as a high school football coach in his hometown of Boonton, New Jersey. He then went on to become a senior executive with the General Electric Company (GE). At GE he became one of the youngest members of the Excalibur Society in recognition of his record breaking sales results.
Successful but not fulfilled, EJ pursued his passion for sports, leaving the corporate world behind to become a Minor League Baseball GM for the Chicago Cubs. Following that adventure, he went on to hold several positions throughout professional sports, including positions with the Cleveland Indians, the World League of American Football and the Canadian Football League before becoming Senior Vice President of the Washington Redskins. He then crossed over to the agency side when he joined Integrated Sports International. Along with his colleagues he established several groundbreaking corporate partnership programs for the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns as well as some of the largest stadium naming rights partnership in the history of professional sports.
EJ co- founded Team Services, LLC in 2002 and has represented several NFL, MLB and NBA owners in their quest to identify unique and incremental revenue sources which allow them to remain competitive within their respective sports. His single greatest professional accomplishment is the partnership he helped create along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell between the National Football League and America’s Dairy Farmers. The Fuel Up to Play 60 program is a fitness and nutrition platform currently active in over 73,000 schools across the country and contributes over $9 million dollars annually in school grants for critical necessities like cafeteria makeovers, school feeding programs and to meet general budget shortfalls within individual schools. His single greatest personal accomplishment is being a father to Sarah Scott and Ezekiel who will both be with him at graduation.
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. In addition, the College will provide a live video feed of Commencement in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre located inside the Technology Center on the MVC campus.
In addition to the Commencement ceremony, the nursing pinning ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. in the Eckilson-Mabee Theatre.
In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be moved to the Burns Athletic Center on MVC’s campus. Visit moval.edu/registrars-office/graduation-information/ for updates.