State Tech to graduate record-breaking number of students

Posted 5/11/22

State Tech will present diplomas to a record-breaking 747 students on Saturday in three ceremonies, at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m., at the State Tech Activity Center. The college has never missed an …

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State Tech to graduate record-breaking number of students

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State Tech will present diplomas to a record-breaking 747 students on Saturday in three ceremonies, at 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m., at the State Tech Activity Center. The college has never missed an in-person graduation, holding the last two ceremonies outside during COVID-19. 

State Tech alumni Rusty Dutton will deliver the keynote address. He has been in the construction industry for almost 25 years. After graduating from Centralia High School in 1996, Dutton began honing his skills at State Tech and graduated in 1997 from the Heavy Equipment Operations program.  

While working primarily in heavy highway construction, Dutton has worked in multiple capacities, from the field to the office, leading him to his current role as manager of Capital Hauling.

Dutton also serves on the Centralia R-6 Board of Education, Central Missouri Political Action Committee for the Builders’ Association, Emerging Leaders Committee for the Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association, and is a Kiwanis member.  

Dutton and his wife of 21 years, Jessica, have two children, Tanner, a junior in high school, and Raleigh, a seventh-grader. Dutton and his family reside on their farm in Audrain County and are members of Parkview Christian Church.

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