Commencement speaker embraces bright future



As this semester comes to a close, the graduating class of Fall 2023 will be represented by Mass Media major, Rylee Moore. Becoming a student in the Fall 2021 semester, Moore said one of the things that convinced her to attend Amarillo College was the level of support she felt throughout the enrollment process compared to other academic institutions.  

“I originally applied to WT as a first generation student,” she said. “It was just so complicated, and I wasn’t really receiving as much help as I felt I needed.” Moore explained how different the process was when applying to AC, being positive and encouraging for her as an incoming student.  

She said she knew she made the right decision when AC was so supportive in getting her here.

Moore began her journey at AC as a psychology major before switching to mass media.  During her time at AC she became interested in the opportunities and experiences that came with majoring in mass media and decided to make the change.  

“I realized you can’t do much with an Associate in psychology,” Moore said.  “I changed my major to mass media because there are plenty of entry-level jobs with an Associate, and it looked fun.” 

A change of major doesn’t mean a change of heart, as Moore plans to continue studying psychology in the next phase of her collegiate journey as she will be transferring to West Texas A&M University.  

“I’ll major in psychology and minor in criminal justice, and I’ll finally get started on my to becoming a forensic psychologist,” Moore said.

While she is excited to graduate and pursue new opportunities, Moore said she loved her time at AC and will be a bit sad to leave. “I think these have been some of the best years of my life,” she said. “Whoever said high school were the best years was a liar.”  She said her time here was made memorable by the connections she’s made and the relationships she’s fostered here. “It really feels like a family, and not just a school,” Moore said.

“There are opportunities that will find you, but if you want to go the extra mile, and you want those extra things, you have to go out and look for them. Create your own path to success, Moore said.

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