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Commencement ceremonies Thursday night for the combined Muscle Shoals and Phil Campbell campuses awarded Associate Degrees to 200 students at the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum.

A nurse pinning ceremony at 4 p.m. preceded the commencement exercises.

Approximately 800 students have completed requirements for graduation during the 2018 summer and fall, and 2019 spring semesters.

Bank Independent President Macke Mauldin was the evening's keynote speaker.

Last October, Bank Independent was inducted into the Northwest-Shoals Community College Foundation's newly established Patriots Circle.

The honor was in recognition of the establishment of the Edward Fennel Mauldin Endowed Scholarship, awarded for the first time in the fall of 2018 to first-generation college students attending Northwest-Shoals.

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