GRCC Graduation 2016

GRCC Graduation 2016

October 14, 2019 2 By Stanley Isaacs


>>…Van Andel Arena. They have a lot
of huge events. I mean, we’re talking
Griffins Hockey, concerts, rock ‘n’ roll,
all that stuff, and those are huge
events but… I’ll tell you the biggest event
is our 2016 graduates walking down
the aisle today, and we’ve got several of them
we want to talk to you about– or talk to, but first,
if you have a tweet, make sure to send it to #grcc
and it’ll appear down below, so make sure you get
those tweets in and, after I’m done, there will
be a whole page of tweets. So let’s go to our
first student over here. What is your name?
>>My name is Amy.>>And what are you
graduating with today?>>I’m graduating with
an Associate in Arts, Music Education.>>What do you plan on
doing with that degree?>>Oh, teaching little kids
how to sing and dance and have fun,
and… it’s going to
be awesome.>>And do you have anybody,
family in there, that you’d like
to say hi to?>>Well, my brother’s
right there. Hi, Duane.>>”Hi Duane.”
>>(Amy laughing).>>Hi.>>Duane’s one
of our engineers, so we had to pick
on him a little bit. And I got to ask you
another question. What is your favorite
thing about GRCC that
you can think of? Like a good
memory you had.>>The faculty is wonderful
and all the great friends I’ve made while
being here. Here’s one of
them right here. This is Jake.
>>Hey, Amy.>>Okay, we’re going
to talk to you next. And what’s your
name– Jake?>>Jacob Schmidt.>>And what are you
graduating with?>>I’m graduating with
an Associates in Music.>>And what are you
going to do with that? You going to be,
like, in a band or…?>>I’m actually going to go
on to Cornerstone University and I’m going to go for
Ministry Leadership there.>>Okay, and what are you–
what’s your favorite class, do you think, the whole
time you were here?>>Music Theory, by far–
Music Theory.>>Music Theory?>>It’s the most difficult
class– most difficult– but the most
rewarding, by far.>>Okay, fantastic! I wish you the best
of luck in there. Do you have family?>>Yes– Jeff Schmidt,
Colleen Schmidt, and my two sisters
Abby and Mariah.>>Are they sitting
in there right now?>>Yes, they are.>>Do you want
to wave to them? Right there.>>Hey.>>We’re going to do
the cool peace sign.>>(chuckling)
Peace sign.>>All right, okay,
we’ve got somebody else. Oh, look it– people just
want to be on camera. Hi, what’s your name?
>>My name is Audrey Pearson.>>And what’s your
favorite thing about GRCC?>>I like all of the
professors and people who helped
me a lot.>>Did you have a
favorite professor?>>That’s a trick
question, so no.>>Just answer it.>>I have lots of
favorite professors.>>Okay, I’ll let
you go with that. Do you have family inside?
>>I do. My grandparents are
back from Florida, so they’re coming, and
my parents are here.>>And do you want
to wave to them?>>Hi!>>You seem a little nervous.
>>Yeah.>>Okay, well,
I’ll let you go. I don’t want you to
faint or anything. Okay, and what’s
your name?>>My name’s Bree.>>Oh, you seem much more
confident about this.>>I’m good with this.>>You’ve been on
television before?>>No, but my sister
works in television.>>Really–
what does she do?>>She works
for WOOD TV8. She does
cameras and stuff.>>Oh, so I should
be careful, then.>>Yes, you should.>>So you’re graduating
with a music degree, too?>>Yes, I’m graduating with
Music Ed Instrumental.>>Okay, and what do you plan
to do with that degree?>>I’m transferring to
the University of Memphis to continue to get
my Bachelor’s degree.>>Wow, that
sounds great. And what about
your family inside?>>My– I have my parents,
my sister, my boyfriend, and my grandparents.>>You can wave to
them, too, you know.>>Hello.>>Do you have a
favorite professor?>>My favorite professor
might be Dr. Ondras.>>See, she picked
a favorite. You have time left, if
you want to pick one.>>(indistinct).>>Okay, tell me
your two favorites.>>Dr. Barton
and Nick Hosford.>>See, that wasn’t
hard, was it?>>No, it was a good.
>>Very easy. Okay, well, best of luck
to both of you in there! Okay, who else would like
to be out– oh, look it. Here’s a guy just pushing
right up front for it. What is your name, sir?
>>My name is Frank Bell.>>Are you in the
music program, too?>>I am.>>And what are you going
to do with the degree?>>I’m going to travel
around with it. You know, I’m going to try
to make sure I can build a career
with it. You know, do
something good with it.>>I mean, do you
maybe want to teach or do you want to maybe
like be in an orchestra, a band, or
something like that?>>I want to be
behind the scenes maybe more of like, you know,
producing or engineering. You know and…
>>That’s pretty heady.>>Yeah, but I’m
not in no band. Probably later on,
maybe teach, you know. I’ve got a heart for
music so, you know, I want to teach
later on, maybe.>>Do you have a
favorite prof?>>Um, as far as what?
>>Favorite professor.>>Professor? All of them
was nice. I like all them–
all of them was good.>>You’re going for the
political answer, aren’t you? “They’re all nice here.”
>>They’re all great.>>Okay, so– what was
your favorite class?>>Favorite class. I want to say my
Studio Recording class.>>Well, that kind of fits
if you want to be a producer.>>Right, right, yeah. We did a lot of things
with technology, you know, as far
as the music-wise and hands-on, so yeah, I really
like dealing with that class right there.
>>Very cool. And you’ve got family–
>>Also piano, too, ’cause I love
the piano so that was like one
of my favorite class even though I’m a
percussionist, though.>>Well, piano is a percussion
instrument, though, isn’t it?>>Yeah, I mean,
we’re hitting keys.>>Is it string or percussion?
>>String, string.>>Oh, it is– okay, I don’t
know how to do music stuff so.>>(chuckling).
>>Just listen to it. So do you have
family in there?>>Um, family, yeah. Yeah, they inside. They’re waiting for me.
>>Are you a little bit nervous?>>Um, no, not really. I mean, it’s my first time
on TV kind of like.>>You’re not
only on TV. You’re on two giant screens,
like, projecting in there and everybody’s looking
at you right now.>>That’s cool then–
what’s up, y’all? Yeah, 2016!
Graduation! You know, how we do–
Grand Rapids, Michigan– yeah!>>And now, he opens up.
>>(laughing).>>And we’re going
to go back. Make sure to send
those tweets to #grcc. We’re going to see
a full page of them up there in the arena,
so we’ll get back to you in a few minutes. Okay, we are back out
here talking to students and remember to send your
tweets to #OwnThisMoment or #grcc and get your tweets
up on the board. We’re going to talk to a
couple students over here. We have our
first one. Your name is…?
>>Casey Sheridan.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>An Associate’s.>>Okay, now, I noticed you
have this medal around you.>>I do, yes.>>Is it like a
Harry Potter thing or…?>>Not at all. The first one here
is for Delta Pi Alpha– the top 5% of the
graduating class. And the second one here
is for Phi Theta Kappa, for anyone with
above a 3.75 GPA.>>Fantastic–
nice work! So what are you going
to do with your degree when you graduate?>>I plan to go on
to a Ferris State and get an Information
Security Bachelor’s.>>Oh, I’m in the
IT Department, too. Maybe you’ll work in our area.
>>Cool, cool.>>Yeah, I’ll
talk to my boss and see if you can
get an interview.>>Sounds good to me.>>So now, do you
have family in there?>>I do– I have a couple
brothers, and mom, dad, grandma, and a
couple friends.>>Do brothers have names?
>>They do– Sam, Peter.>>Okay, you can wave to
them right in that camera, if you want to. Oh, very nice– thank you
and good luck in there! Okay, our next victim–
I mean, a student is…>>I’m Melody Sheridan.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Associate’s of Arts.>>Now, you have
that medal too?>>Yeah, Phi Theta Kappa
and Delta Pi Alpha.>>Fantastic. Now, what’s your favorite
thing about GRCC?>>Probably the
faculty and staff. It’s just– they’ve been great.
(chuckling)>>Okay, did you
have any instructor that really helped you out?
>>Oh, I had several. I’ll mention specifically
Susan Mowers and Hillery Haney.>>Fantastic–
I know both of them. They’re both
pretty good. So do you have
family in there?>>Yeah, my mom and dad. Sam and Peter,
my brothers. An aunt and uncle,
and friends.>>Now, remember, you’re on
two huge screens up there, so if you do a big wave,
you’re like 10 feet tall. So go ahead–
big wave.>>(laughing).>>Huge– that
was impressive! Okay, now, our
next person up is…>>Kalsie Kossen.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Associate’s of Arts.>>And what are you going
to do with that degree?>>I’m going to go
and for my Bachelor’s and become a
forensic scientist.>>That sounds
really heady.>>It is awesome– I love it.
(laughing)>>So do you have
family in there?>>Yeah, I have my
grandparents, my mother, and my father is
actually graduating.>>Where’s he?>>He’s in the
Workforce department.>>Okay, we’ll see if we
can find him for you.>>Yeah, thank you.>>So what is your favorite
place on GRCC’s campus?>>Man, I would have to say
Calc and Science Center. I love the different
displays over there, and just the classes
I had over there. I love it
over there.>>Yeah, I’m guessing you kind
of like math a little bit?>>I love science.
>>Science, not math?>>Yep, science
is my favorite.>>Okay, that was a
very clever answer to say that you really don’t
like math all that much.>>Yeah, I know.
(laughing) It’s a clue to a little bit,
but not all the way.>>Okay, do you want to wave
to your family in there?>>(laughing).>>And that looks
fantastic 10 feet tall, so thank you very much
and good luck in there! Now, you, I know.
>>Yep. My name’s
Brandon Sinclair.>>Yeah, he goes to, like,
the same meetings I do. So what are you
graduating with tonight?>>I’m graduating with
an Associate in Arts.>>What are you going
to do with that?>>Well, I’m going to go to
Ferris State University but I’m also planning
on pursuing a– either owning my own business
or working for a business.>>What kind of business
would you want to do?>>It doesn’t
really matter. Just one that would
treat me well. One that has
good work. I’m really flexible
when it comes to it. Just– I like seeing what
I accomplish with my time.>>Okay, so I mean, like, just
like off the top of your head, if you thought of one,
like your dream business, what would you
want to do?>>Well, I used
to work on a farm and I really love working
on agricultural-type things. I used to work at
Hopyards of Kent but I’ve also been
working at GRCC and I really like that
business aspect, as well. So as long as there’s
a good environment and there’s fun people,
I’d love to work there.>>Well, it sounds like you got
a pretty good direction there. Now, next question.
>>(laughing).>>Family in there?
>>Yes, I do. And who do you have?
>>Yes, my mom Debbie, my father Clyde,
my girlfriend Vanessa and my grandma and grandfather
Raland and Linda.>>Yeah, make sure you
get the names right. You know, they’re
watching.>>I almost mixed up
their names into one.>>Well, you’re not nervous
or anything, are you? You don’t seem like
a nervous person.>>I’m a little bit nervous,
let’s be honest.>>Is that the
graduation thing or is that this
interview thing?>>A little bit of both.>>Okay, well, I’m going to
take away the nervousness of interviewing from you.
>>(laughing). So good luck
in there and we’re going to talk to
this next fellow over here, whose got this funny– what
is that, like, a cod piece? What is that?
>>It’s a– I’m one of the
gaffalon carriers, so I’m carrying
the flag, walking in. So it’s kind of a holster,
we’re putting the flag pole in.>>You call it
a “gaffalon”?>>Yeah, that’s
what they call it.>>That sounds like some kind of
movie monster or something.>>Yes, but it’s kind
of cool, I guess.>>So what are you
graduating with tonight?>>I’m graduating with
an Associate’s of Arts.>>And what are you
going to do with it?>>I’m transferring to
the University of Utah and I’m going to continue
going to school out there. Exercise Science
major, so.>>Oh, really, so
you know Jodi Gee? Gee, Ghee? She’s in
exercise science. All right, so you
don’t know her, do you?>>No, I don’t.
>>Okay. Do you have a favorite
professor, though, that you really
enjoyed while you were…>>Yes– actually, even though
I’m in Exercise Science, I had a music director–
his name is Dr. Barton– and he was a huge
inspiration to me. He told– he had a lot
of good life lessons and a lot of good
advice along the way. He really help make GRCC like
seem more like home for me, ’cause he was kind
of like family.>>Nice.
>>He’s a really
great professor.>>And what family
do you have in there?>>Well, my mom,
my dad, my grandma, and maybe my girlfriend
might make it, later on.>>Might?
I mean, she better make it.>>I mean, maybe. She’s pretty busy, so
we’ll see if she makes it.>>Okay, well,
thank you very much and good luck, and good luck
with the “gaffalon” thing. All right, we’re going
to go back to you with the tweets. Make sure to
send them to #grcc, and we will be back with
you in just a few minutes. So hang in there. Hey, there you are! We are back and, this time,
we have nursing students. And these nursing students
are not shy at all. So we’re going to
talk to this first one, and what is your name?
>>Teresa Vande Guchte.>>And like I said, I know
you guys are all nurses but what are you going
to do with the degree?>>Wow– get
a real job. A real “big girl” job.
>>What’s a real “big girl” job?>>I’m actually going to try to
work at one of the hospitals. Hopefully, get
into surgery. Hopefully,
maybe OB. That’s where I’m doing
my leadership class. I’m looking very
much forward to it.>>Fantastic–
that sounds great! And do you have
family in there?>>I do– I have
my daughter Melissa, my son David,
my son Nathan, and my daughter’s
fiance CJ. (loudly)
Hi guys! (all laughing)>>Look at that–
do I tell you– you don’t even have
to prompt them. They, like, know
what to do already. So now this one– this one
was mugging for the camera. She really wanted–
(all laughing) she wants to be
projected inside…>>Helloooo.>>See, they’re just
not shy people at all. That’s why they’re nurses,
so when you go into the doctors office,
these are the people that will greet you,
more than likely. So what’s your name?
>>Danielle Giancotti.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>An Associate’s
degree, RN.>>Okay, that was
very firm. Now, what are you
going to do with it?>>I’m going
to save lives… like yours… one day.
(all laughing)>>Do I need saving?
>>You might. Do you?
>>Probably, yeah. (all laughing) So do you have
family in there? I hope.
>>I have lots of family.>>Okay, I’m going to sit
and give you the mic this whole time, so… not
“give you” give you the mic. I’m going to hold
it up for you but go ahead and list off
everybody that’s in there for you. Go ahead–
I’ve got time.>>My husband Matt,
my daughter Gabby, my friend Marcy, and
the rest of the group. I’m not going to name them
all– there’s too many.>>That was a
huge let-down. I was waiting for
like 20, 30 names.>>They’re going to
want to get on here!>>We have tons
of time.>>Okay, Kirk, Jenna, Oscar,
Gema, Melissa, Steve, Madegen, Gabby– I can’t
think of all of them. I’m sorry if
I forgot you. Yeah, I’m sorry.
>>Yeah, now, you’ve blown it because you probably
forgot somebody. You are not getting
flowers and–>>(shouting)
And everyone! (all laughing)
>>Very nice cover there. Wow. Okay, our next person is…
>>Julie Crandall.>>And what are you graduating
with specifically tonight?>>Associate’s
in Nursing.>>See, I’m not going
to ask that anymore ’cause that’s what you’re
all graduating with, right? See, I knew that’s why I didn’t
ask it in the first place.>>We’re classmates, yes.>>Okay, so what do you
want to specialize in?>>I’m hoping to
go into hospice.>>Ooh, that’s
a very intense field.>>Yeah, true. But we’ve had great hospice
nurses in our family and I want to
give back, so.>>Now, what is this lanyard
you have around your neck?>>This one is
for military.>>You’re in the military–
what branch?>>Was Air Force.>>Did you fly planes?
>>I flew in them. I didn’t fly them.
>>See, I’m a civilian. I don’t know what people
do in the Army and stuff.>>I was actually
in supply.>>Oh, okay.
>>If you needed boots,
I was your person.>>Fantastic. And who do you have
in there tonight?>>I have my mom Judy
and my daughter Sandy. Hi!
>>Oh, that’s it? Just two people?
>>That’s enough.>>That’s enough–
okay, I’ll give you that. And so, what’s your
favorite place at GRCC? If you had like a little
favorite spot to study, something like that?>>Ooh, there’s
a little bitty room at the back of the Health Lab
that I kind of go to study because it’s a
single-person room and it’s very quiet.>>By “itty bitty room,”
do you mean “closet”?>>Pretty much.
(laughing)>>Oh, okay, I’ll take that,
so good luck in there!>>Thank you so much.
>>Okay, now you– you have a lot of family
in there, don’t you?>>Not too many, but
I got my fiance Ben. Hi Aiden! My mom, my dad… my mom–
I got that– my grandma, my grandpa–
so hi, everybody!>>Wow, okay, now I have to
ask you the first question which is, “What
is YOUR name?”>>My name’s
Katie Nelund.>>And what is your
favorite place at GRCC?>>My favorite
place there? Well, the Health Lab
was pretty cool. I think we spent
a lot of time there, but– I don’t know– we spent
too much time there, so.>>Okay, now do you have
a favorite professor? You can play
favorites. You’re graduating.
>>Uh, that’s a tricky one. Everybody was
really great. I would say I
really liked Sarah. Sarah, shout-out to her,
if you’re watching. You’re awesome.
>>Okay, Sara, whoever you are,
you’re awesome. So good luck in there.
>>All right, thank you.>>And you are?
>>Jen Stephens.>>And you’re not
nervous at all, are you?>>No.
>>Oh, wow. Not even kind
of nervous. All right, um, what is your
specialty going to be?>>Hopefully, either
OB or the NICU.>>Okay, and what family do
you have in there tonight?>>I have my gang–
my husband Mike, my son Jordan,
my son Ashton, my daughter Kaylynn, and
my son PJ, and then my sisters. my best friend,
and my dads.>>Okay, now, I’m
going to pick on you. You have something
on your mortar board. What is it? Turn around
if you have to, if you don’t want
to take it off. It says, “RN Jen.” Is that right?
>>That is.>>See, I’m good, eh? I’m a college
graduate, too.>>You’re pretty smart.
>>Thank you. So do you want to wave
to them in there?>>Hi guys! Thanks for coming!>>That was very
nice of you, and you realize you’re
just giant screens in there, so you’re like everywhere.
>>Like right now? Oh, hi guys!
(laughing)>>That was much better. Okay, and our last person
in the nursing group is…?>>Sarah Hincka.>>And what do you plan
to specialize in?>>Hopefully, something
with children or the ED.>>The ED– what’s that?
>>The ER.>>Oh, ER– I thought
you said “ED.” I was…
>>Emergency Department.>>Oh, okay, that’s not
what I was thinking at all. So what are you going
to do, school-wise? Where are you
going next?>>I’m already
enrolled at Davenport. I’ve been finishing
my Bachelor’s classes.>>Do you have a favorite
spot at the campus?>>The Health Lab.>>They like the
Health Lab. Is it like really nice,
painted nicely? What’s so attractive
about it?>>It’s a great place for
nursing students all to gather. We all know that we
can get help there from other
nursing students. I think it’s just
a great place.>>Okay, do you have a favorite
professor or professors? Like you can name several
people if you want to.>>I liked a lot. Kay Ramer–
she was the OB. Sherry Knoppers took us to–
I went to Costa Rica. I was part
of that. Vicki was our
critical care. I enjoyed
that class. Cora’s going to be my
leadership– Cora Beute. So… proud of a lot
of the professors. They did a great job.
>>Fantastic! Now, what kind of family
do you have in there?>>Oh, my mom
and my dad and my brother
and my fiance Luke.>>You kind of did that, “Oh,
yeah, I’ve got family in there.” You want to wave to them?
>>Hi, love you, guys! Thanks for all
your support!>>See, and that’s what you’re
supposed to say to family. Now, we’re going to try
and get these nurses to do a little
wave, so. Hey, nurses! Starting here,
start a wave for me! Right here,
all the way up. Hands up–
and go!>>(all cheering).>>Okay, that was kind
of pathetic wave. We’re going to work on
that before the next time. Otherwise, make sure to
send your tweets to #grcc and we’ll back with you
in a couple minutes.>>All y’all out there
that supported me, I’ll support y’all, and I
appreciate it very much. I wouldn’t have gotten
this far without y’all. Thank you.>>Wow, you didn’t even
really need me for that. The man is his own interview
but I have questions for you. What are you graduating
with tonight?>>Um, what is it– Applied
Associate’s Art and Science and (indistinct) Manufacturing,
and so, I’m doing that, then I’m transferring
to Ferris afterwards.>>Okay, well, he
really is a firm grasp of what he’s doing
for his career there. You’re asking other people
what you’re graduating with. But thank you
very much. Do you want to give a
wave to them, in there?>>Hey, I’ll see y’all
when I get up in there. Thank you.
>>Look at him! I mean, this man has a career
in television, I swear!>>(laughing).
>>Okay our next
individual is…?>>Anne Sedore.>>I kind of know
your mom, don’t I?>>Yep.
>>Yeah… I saw–
I recognized you. What are you graduating
with tonight?>>Business administration.>>What do you want
to do with it?>>Uh, carry out the
family business of Subway and
Patatas at GRCC.>>Fantastic.
>>I’m loving it.>>Now, is your
mom in there?>>She is, along with a
bunch of my other family like my dad and
my step-mom and my sister, my niece, and my best friend.
(chuckling)>>Wow, you want
to wave to them?>>Hey, guys!>>Do you have a
favorite place at GRCC that you like to hang out?
>>Uh… pretty much just at work.
(chuckling)>>Okay, well,
that’s fair. Okay, well, that’s
fair enough. Good luck in there, okay?
>>Thanks.>>All right, our next victim–
uh, god, I keep saying “victim.” It’s terrible. Our next graduate is…?>>Tania.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>A degree in
Business Administration.>>And what are you
going to do with it?>>Hopefully, be
a vice president of a banking institution
in the near future, so.>>Wow, that’s a
pretty lofty goal.>>(giggling)
I know.>>So you have family in there?
>>Yes, family, friends. Hi, to everybody out there
that’s here supporting me. I wouldn’t be here
without you guys.>>Do you want to
like give names or are you afraid, like,
you won’t get to everybody?>>Yeah, I don’t want
to hurt feelings.>>See, that was very,
very smart, I think. And what’s your
favorite place– like do you have
a spot at GRCC or professor you
really liked?>>Yes, Mr. Farrah. If he’s out there,
thank you so much for showing me a lot
more just with school and applying it
out to real life. It’s was amazing–
GRCC is the greatest! So, it’s a great
experience.>>Okay, and we’re
gonna have you contact our Marketing department
because we want to put you in commercials.
>>(laughing). You are a really
good promotion for us. And this is another good
promotion– if we can tilt down at the shoes here.
>>The toes, man!>>You will notice toes,
shoes, gown, and sash– everything screams
GRCC colors.>>Whooo!
>>And what is your name?>>Janae Wynn.>>What are you
graduating with?>>Associate’s in Business
Administration.>>And what do you want
to do with that?>>Well, I work for GM, so
I plan to go to Davenport. And then, I want to get
my Bachelor’s in Business– but International Business.
>>Okay. Wow, that sounds like you
got a good plan going there. And do you have a
favorite professor?>>Yes– Keith Ferguson. Hey!
>>”Hey!”>>Can I say hi to my family?
>>Sure! Oh, I was just gonna
ask you that– you can say hi to
anybody you want to.>>Hey, Mummy
and Daddy! Hey, Recee, PJ–
I love you! Hey Dad, Macy, and everybody–
Mimi– love y’all! Shouts out!
Kisses!>>Yeah, Mommy and Daddy,
this is somebody you should really
be proud of in here.
>>(laughing).>>Good luck in there.
>>Thanks!>>And our last
student/graduate is…?>>Brandon Whitcomb.>>And what are you
graduating with?>>Uh… is… (chuckling)
Business Administration.>>Would you like a glass
of water or something?>>I think so–
a little bit.>>Okay, do you have
family in there?>>Yeah, quite a few– who knows
how many are here so far, but…>>Go ahead–
start naming names. Who might be in
there for you?>>My mum,
her husband Tim, my wife Heather,
my daughter Emiya, my parents-in-laws,
sister-in-law… man– cousins, brothers,
another sister-in-law. What else do we got?
Nieces, nephews.>>Nieces and nephews.
>>Yeah, there you go. The whole spiel.>>All right, well, I think
you got everybody covered pretty well
in there. So do you have a
favorite professor? Somebody you really
liked there?>>I do–
Sheryl York. She was pretty
inspirational. She– I dunno– she was
one of my first professors. (voice quavering)
And I still remember her and her class to this day.
>>Fantastic! Well, good luck in there,
crossing the stage, getting your degree, and
good luck in the future!>>Thank you.>>All right, now
I’m really tempted because I noticed
HopCat is over there. And I’d really, really like
to go there, but I can’t, ’cause we’re gonna go back
to you in the auditorium. And make sure to send
those tweets out to #grcc and we’ll see you
in a few minutes. (brass fanfare) (flute music chirping)>>Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Grand Rapids
Community College 99th commencement
exercises! (music)
(applause, cheering) Carrying the
college’s gonfalons, Brandon Sinclair, President
of the Student Alliance and Hana Christoffersen, President of Campus
Activities Board. (orchestral music) Now, please welcome the
Grand Rapids Community College graduating class
of 2016! (orchestral music)
(applause, cheering) (orchestral music) (scattered cheering,
applause) (orchestral music) Carrying the school’s gonfalons
are Michael Powell, Vice President of
Campus Activities Board, and Beau VanSolkema,
President of StandOut. (orchestral music) Now, please welcome… now, please
welcome the faculty of Grand Rapids
Community College, led by their respective
Associate Deans! (orchestral music)
(applause) Entering on the left
are the departments in the School of
Arts and Sciences. And entering
on the right, the School of
Workforce Development and School of
Student Affairs. Please welcome the faculty
of Biological Sciences and Applied Technology! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) The faculty from the
Education department and Automotive! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) Exercise Science and
the School of Business! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) Also, welcome the faculty
from the English department and Computer
Information Systems! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) Please welcome the faculty
from Language and Thought and Criminal Justice! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) The faculty from
Mathematics and the Secchia Institute
for Culinary Education! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) Welcome the Music department
and the Dental faculty! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) The faculty from
Physical Sciences and Mechanical and
Architectural Design! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) Please welcome the faculty
from the Psychology department and Manufacturing! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) The factuality from the
Social Sciences department and the Nursing
department! (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) The faculty
from Theatre and Occupational
Therapy Assisting! (orchestral music)
(applause) The faculty and
staff from Library and Radiological
technology! (orchestral music)
(applause) And also the Counseling
and Career Center staff, Career Development
Services, Disability and Occupational
Support Services, Student Support
Services, Tutor Coordinators–
Health, Business, Biology, Math,
and Science. (orchestral music)
(applause) (orchestral music) Entering at this time is
the dais for the evening– the Faculty Association
President, the President of Grand
Rapids Community College, the Grand Rapids Community
College Board of Trustees, the Provost, the Dean of the School
of Arts and Sciences, the Vice President and
Dean of Workforce Development, the mayor of
Grand Rapids, the Emeritus Faculty
recipient, the Distinguished
Alumni recipient, and the 2015 Excellence
in Education Faculty award
recipient. (orchestral music) (music fading down) Ladies and gentlemen,
please be seated. Please welcome
Dr. Steven Ender, President of Grand Rapids
Community College. (audience cheering,
applause)>>Well, good evening, and welcome to Grand Rapids
Community College’s 2016 commencement! As our evening begins, I would
like to express appreciation to Assistant Professors
Libor Ondras and Stephen Barton, Professor Kevin Dobreff, the GRCC Wind Ensemble
and the GRCC Concert Choir– they will be providing
our musical entertainment throughout
this evening. Tonight is a night of
celebration and recognition, and we will honor people
who have contributed to both our college
and to our community. But, most importantly,
graduates, tonight we will
celebrate you. You did it! You worked hard–
countless hours of study and preparation for this
day and it has paid off. As you cross the stage tonight,
you will receive degrees that encompass career pathways
from Applied Technology to Visual Arts. Be proud of your accomplishments
and celebrate this moment. But remember this–
this is only the beginning. You are on the cusp
of many great things, whether you next
enter the workforce, or continue your studies
at a four-year institution. You know, each spring,
I am amazed by our students’
determination and tenacity to
accomplish their dreams. And I spend time reflecting on
the tradition of commencement. I think about the significance
of this time-honored ceremony that notes the conclusion of a
student’s academic journey here. And in doing so, I cannot help
but think about how GRCC has changed throughout
our 101-year history. Our mission remains the same–
to provide access and opportunity for
West Michigan residents to further
their education. But our student population
has grown just a bit. In 1914, 49 students
enrolled in, then, what was Grand Rapids
Junior College. Today, almost 15,000
students are studying to earn certificates
and degrees. I take great pride when I think
about the many lives we impact, the graduates who become
our region’s leaders, and who daily make a
difference in our community. Now, I would ask
you all to stand and sing with our
talented musicians as they perform
the national anthem. The national anthem
will be played by Professor
Kevin Dobreff, Program Director of
our Music department. (“The Star-Spangled Banner”
orchestral music)>>(all singing)
♪ Oh say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn’s
early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly
we hail’d ♪ ♪ At the twilight’s
last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes
and bright stars ♪ ♪ Thro’ the
perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts
we watch’d ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly
streaming ♪ ♪ And the rockets’
red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs
bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof
thro’ the night ♪ ♪ That our flag
was still there ♪ ♪ O say does that
star-spangled banner ♪ ♪ Yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land
of the free ♪ ♪ And the home ♪ ♪ Of the brave ♪ (applause, cheering)>>Please be seated. And now, if you would join
me in a moment of silence so that each of us can
express our appreciation, in our own way, for the bright future these
graduates will help create. (silence) Thank you. Now, it is my pleasure
to introduce to you our platform guests
for the evening. I’d ask that you
hold your applause until everyone
is introduced. And as you are introduced,
folks, please stand. First, our
Board of Trustees– Mr. Bert Bleke,
Chairperson of the Board, retired superintendent of
Grand Rapids Public Schools. Mr. Richard Verburg,
Vice Chairperson of the Board, retired from
General Motors. Miss Cynthia Bristol,
Secretary of the Board, retired faculty member from
Grand Rapids Community College. Miss Ellen James,
Treasurer of the Board, retired from the
City of Grand Rapids Equal Opportunity
department. Miss Deb Bailey,
trustee, Director of Global Corporate
Relations for Steelcase. Mr. David Koetje,
trustee, retired President/CEO of
Christian Schools International. And Dr. Richard Stewart,
trustee, retired President
from Cornerstone– uh, professor from
Cornerstone University. You got a little
lift up there, Dick.
(all chuckling) Please join me in
a warm welcome to our honored
Board of Trustees. (applause) And you folks may be
seated, thank you. Now, I present our
other guests on stage– Dr. Laurie Chesley, Provost
and Executive Vice President for Academic and
Student Affairs. Dr. Bill Pink,
Vice President and Dean of Workforce
Development. Dr. Mike Vargo, Dean for the
School of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Fred van Hartesveldt, professor in the
English department and President of the
Faculty Association. Miss Nikki Banks,
associate professor, Department Head of our
Criminal Justice department, and the 2015 faculty Excellence
in Education award winner. Mr. Walter Lockwood, recipient of the 2016
Emeritus Faculty award, retired
English professor. Mr. Dirk Hoffius, recipient of the 2016
Distinguished Alumnus award, and attorney
with Varnum LLP. And the honorable
Rosalynn Bliss, commencement speaker and Mayor of the city
of Grand Rapids. Please give them
a warm welcome. (applause) Now, it’s my pleasure
to introduce to you our other
college guests– our esteemed faculty and
dedicated administrators. Please stand so that
we may recognize you. Students, show them
your appreciation. Where are you
out there? (applause, cheering) Thank you. And finally, there’s an
important group of folks in the room tonight that have
been, I know, instrumental in the success of
all of our graduates and I speak to parents, family,
and friends of the graduates who are here
with us. Thank you for
all the support you have given these
wonderful students! Students, please
give them a big hand. (applause, cheering) Now, please welcome
Nikki Banks, our Faculty Excellence in
Education award winner to give a
reflection. Nikki? (applause)>>To President Ender,
Board of Trustees, administrators, faculty,
staff, family, friends, and, most important,
the 2016 graduates of Grand Rapids
Community College… (applause, cheering) which, I might add, is the
best community college in this good
United States of America. (applause, cheering) It is good to
be here tonight! In 1989, I graduated from
Grand Rapids Community College, which will always known as
“Grand Rapids Junior College.” So I, like you, am
a Raider to my core. Some may ask, “Banks, what
do you find at the core “of a Raider?” Well, I’m glad
you asked. At the core of a Raider, you
find excellence, diversity, and folks that are
responsive, innovative, accountable,
sustainable, respectful, and full of
integrity. That’s what you find at
the core of a Raider. So from this Raider to you, I
want you to be in this moment. We, the faculty and staff,
want you to be in this moment– mind, body,
and soul. We want you to block everything
else out of your mind right now and focus on
this moment, for it is one of the greatest
moments of your lives. We want you to enjoy it,
sit back in it, and own it. In fact, at some point
during this ceremony, we want you to take the
deepest breath you can… and while you are
inhaling that breath, we want you to reflect
on all of the hard work you put into getting to
this point of completion. Now, when you get to
the top of that breath, we want you to pause,
hold it just for a moment, shake your head with that
“I did that” shake. (audience laughing) As you begin to slowly
exhale that breath, we want you to release any
and every possibility that you have formed
about your future goals into the
atmosphere. As you release that breath, know
that you have been equipped to attain those goals by
your faculty and staff here at Grand Rapids
Community College! As you release
that breath, know that all of these
folks that fill this arena love and support you
beyond measure. And if, by chance, you are
here by yourself tonight, know that, as a Raider,
you never walk alone. Once you have completed the
release of that breath, know that as a Raider–
know that as a Raider, you belong to a nation that
is changing the world. Remember that this
is your home base, and that we are
your people, and that we, collectively,
have your back. All that we demand of
you, moving forward, is that you be the difference
that makes the difference in all that you do, in our
community and our world. Raider Nation
for life! (applause, cheering)>>Whew– that was
pretty good, Nikki! (all laughing) This evening is, indeed,
a time of celebration as each of our graduates have
traveled a unique pathway that has brought them
to today’s ceremony. It’s now my pleasure to
welcome Board of Trustee Vice Chairperson,
Mr. Richard Verburg, to the stage to award our
Emeritus Faculty recipient. Rick? (applause)>>On behalf of my
fellow trustees, our faculty
and staff, I would like to recognize
retired English faculty Walter Lockwood as this year’s Emeritus
Faculty award recipient. Walt began his
teaching career at what was then known as
“Grand Rapids Junior College” in 1965. During the next 36 years,
he taught writing, film, and literature until
his retirement in 2001. He is known for
practicing what he taught. Among his published works
are a novel, “Jones Unbound,” an HBO feature film
“Finnegan Begin Again,” a CBS Movie of the Week,
“Archie’s Wife,” and a PBS documentary, “Dyslexia, the
Hidden Disability.” He also penned the
college’s 100th anniversary coffee table book, and a written musical history
of the college, “Open Door.” Walt earned the reputation for
being an exceptional professor and, to this day, many
alumni still speak fondly of the impact he made on them
during their studies at GRCC. During this video tribute, we’ll
hear from one such alumnus, who credits Mr. Lockwood,
and the college, for his success today. Let’s watch this
video tribute to our Emeritus
Faculty recipient. (inspiring piano music)>>You might be wondering,
“What does it take “to earn the title of
‘Professor Emeritus’?” Essentially,
what does it take to be known as
“professor” for life? In the case of
Walter Lockwood, it takes a passion for the
subjects he chose to teach– English and Writing. It takes a commitment to
finding ways for students to express themselves, like the “Display Magazine”
he helped to found. It calls for a genuine
curiosity about learning, which he expressed
both in the classroom and through multiple
educational documentaries. It requires a deep connection
for the institution where you teach, and his was deep enough
for him to not only write the 100-year anniversary book
and musical about GRCC, but to also have three of his
children attend the college– two of whom graduated
in the last few years. Ultimately, it takes a passion
for helping the students who were in his class,
decade after decade… students like myself,
Tom Rademacher. I was lucky enough to have
been one of his students back in the
early 1970s… and became a successful,
professional writer myself in part because
of what I learned at Grand Rapids
Community College. You never know at the time
what a great big difference one of your GRCC
instructors can make. And to me, he will always
be “Professor Lockwood.” (piano music) (applause)>>It is now my
great pleasure to bestow the 2016
Emeritus Faculty award to Walter Lockwood. (applause) (scattered chuckling) (applause)>>Now, it’s my
pleasure to welcome Board of Trustee’s Treasurer,
Miss Ellen James, to the stage to honor our Distinguished
Alumnus award recipient. Ellen? (applause, cheering)
>>Whoo, Trustee James! (applause)>>(chuckling)
Thank you. Good evening. On behalf of my fellow trustees,
our faculty and staff, I am pleased to honor a
special alumnus this evening. Dirk Hoffius, an attorney
with Mark Varnum LLP, attended what was then known as
“Grand Rapids Junior College” from 1962
till ’63 before going on to receive
his Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and his law degree from the
University of Virginia. Since then, he has
served as Trustee for the Grand Rapids
Bar Association and on the State Bar of
Michigan Crossroad Task Force on Judicial Reform. He is also a past Chairman
of the State Bar’s Probate and Estate
Planning Council. His devotion to his profession
is evident in the honors he has received from
the legal community, which includes a listing among
“the best lawyers in America “for trusts and Estates”
since 1989, and serving as a fellow
in the American College of Trust and Estate
Counsel since 1988. While Dirk’s professional
accomplishments are very
praise-worthy, we are also honoring him
for his lifetime passion for his involvement
in Grand Rapids, and for his service to the
people who call it home. You can see the results of his
work in the Downtown Market, the Salvation Army
Kroc Center, the UICA, and many other very,
very loved institutions. His community service
also includes memberships on the Boards of
the Downtown Market, The Grand Rapids
Art Museum, Frederik Meijer Gardens, the Grand Rapids
Public Library Foundation, and the Grand Rapids
Community Foundation. He worked on the capital
campaign committees for the UICA and the Kroc Center, and was a member of Kendall
College of Art and Design Board of Trustees
from 1982 to 1991, serving as Chairman
from 1987 to 1989. The Council of
Michigan Foundations recognized his
commitment to service with the 2013 Community
Foundation Philanthropy award. Please join me in
watching this tribute to our 2016
Distinguished Alumnus. (lighthearted music)>>I don’t think that the
Dirk who was 18 had a clue where I was headed. Well, I grew up in
East Grand Rapids but when I graduated
from high school, I went to
Brown University. And I got a notice that
I couldn’t come back. I had to
rethink my life. So I signed up for Grand Rapids
Junior College– at that time– and one of the first classes
I took was political science with a teacher named
Miss Geraldine Masters. And I vowed
that day that she was never, ever
going to catch me unprepared. And I applied that
to every other class and I did very well in
all the other classes. And so, I transferred
to Colgate, I go to the University
of Virginia Law School, and joined the Varnum Law Firm,
where I still am, found all kinds of things
to get interested in. One of the first interesting
things that I did was, that first year,
there was an announcement that the West Michigan
Environmental Action Council was going to create
a Riverbank Committee. To watch now what is happening–
we never conceived of putting the rapids back
in the river! Little more than
40 years later, you know, I think we’re
ready for the rapids back in the
Grand River and a much more natural focus
point for the whole city. But that’s what got me
going into nonprofits. You know, it’s an incremental
thing to be participating in the transformation
of the community. It doesn’t happen–
you don’t just– it isn’t a great big
change that occurs. You know, just being able
to help and be a part, I think you get more
than you give. Grand Rapids Community College
is a great place to start… and it’s a great place
to start over… and it will give you a core
foundation and a balance. And apply what you learned
at community college. Let your education
continue. It doesn’t end
with graduation. Do the best
you can. And it’s just amazing where
it’s going to take you. (lighthearted upbeat music) (applause)>>Ladies and gentlemen,
it is now my great pleasure to bestow the 2016
Distinguished Alumnus award to Dirk Hoffius. (applause) (scattered chuckling) (applause)>>At this time,
the GRCC Concert Choir will present “The Ground
from Sunrise Mass” by Ola Gjeilo. The Concert Choir is
under the direction of one of this year’s
Associate of Music, Music Education
graduates, Clay Towery, accompanied by
Dr. Kenneth Bos. (applause) (piano playing chord) (choir humming chord) (piano music)
(choir humming)>>(all singing)
♪ Pleni sunt caeli ♪ ♪ Et terra ♪ ♪ Gloria tua ♪ ♪ Osanna ♪ ♪ Osanna in
excelsis ♪ (choir humming)
(piano music) ♪ Benedictus
qui venit ♪ ♪ In nomine
Domini ♪ ♪ Benedictus
qui venit ♪ ♪ Osanna ♪ ♪ Osanna in
excelsis ♪ ♪ Agnus Dei ♪ ♪ Qui tollis ♪ ♪ Peccata mundi ♪ ♪ Agnus Dei ♪ ♪ Qui tollis ♪ ♪ Peccata mundi ♪ (choir humming) ♪ Dona nobis pacem ♪ ♪ Pacem ♪ (choir humming) (applause)>>That was lovely. Now, it is my pleasure to
introduce to you tonight to our commencement speaker,
the Honorable Rosalynn Bliss. Rosalynn has been a tireless
advocate for Grand Rapids, representing the 2nd Ward
as a commissioner for 10 years before becoming the
city’s first female mayor when she took office
on January 1st. In addition to the roles she
has taken on in city government, she also serves as Director
of Residential Services at D.A. Blodgett –
St. John’s, which provides comprehensive
services to children and families, including
Big Brothers Big Sisters, foster care, adoption,
and family support, as well as residential treatment
and emergency shelter care. She also is an
adjunct professor at Grand Valley
State University’s School of
Social Work. We’d be proud to have here also.
(clearing throat) (all laughing) Her other roles include
serving as Vice President of the Michigan
Municipal League, and on the Boards of the
Interurban Transit Partnership, Kent County Land
Bank Authority, Downtown Development Authority,
Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Valley Metro Council,
and Dyer-Ives Foundation, among many other
organizations. She is a member of the Uptown
Corridor Improvement District and the West
Michigan Environmental
Leadership Network. In her spare time, she
serves as Chairwoman of the Residential
Michigan Interest Network for the Michigan Federation
for Children and Families. With all of the important roles
she serves in our community, we are honored that she
has joined us this evening to share thoughts
and encouragement with our
graduates. Please join me in
giving a hearty welcome to Grand Rapids Mayor
Rosalynn Bliss. (applause, cheering) (applause)>>Thank you,
President Ender, for that really
nice introduction. And congratulations to
every single one of you on your graduation
tonight! I’d say you
look fantastic, but I can only see about
the first five rows, but I’m sure
you all do. So tonight,
I’m gonna start off by asking you a
couple questions. I’d like you to raise
your hand or shout “yes.” I just have two of them–
they are pretty simple. I promise, you have
nothing to worry about. It’s not a repeat of
last week’s exams. (scattered laughing)
All right, are you ready? The first one– how many
of you got your degree from GRCC with the hope
of soon getting a job or getting an even better job
than what you already have? (students yelling,
cheering) Yes, good answer. Next… if I told you that I
would like to hire you, to give you a job
to do right now, how many of you might be
interested in that offer? (students screaming,
cheering) Good, I love
the enthusiasm. Some of you may be
on the fence still. You might want to
hold out to find out how much I’m paying
or the benefits. That would be wise. Shows that you’ve learned to
be cautious here at GRCC. Well, perhaps I can entice you
by telling you that the jobs that I’m going to
talk about tonight, the jobs I am
offering you, actually have the best benefits
that anyone could ask for. They make you happier, they
make other people happier, and– believe it or not–
they actually are proven to make you
live longer. So what are these great jobs
that I’m talking about? It’s plain
and simple– they are jobs giving
back to the community through volunteerism. Now, I know you might think that
as the mayor of Grand Rapids, I am required to encourage every
single one of you to volunteer. But I am here to tell you
that from my experience, in public service
especially, giving back to our community
is incredibly rewarding. And I have the opportunity
to see the benefits every single day in neighborhoods and
people all around us, that come from individuals
like you who are giving back. I also believe that our city
would not be what it is today if it were not for
the many, many people who have given of
their time and talent to make our community a
better place for everyone. Now, I recognize that, as mayor,
you may think that I’m biased, so I don’t expect you
to take my word for it. What I want to do is
I want you to hear directly from a few
local citizens. (sound effect)
(boop boop boop) Who, until recently,
were students just like you, who sat in your very seats–
students at GRCC. So I’m going to let them help
make the case for giving back.>>Hi, I’m Marissa Roberts,
a 2007 GRCC graduate, and I volunteer in the
community by writing grants for Grand Rapids’
classrooms and teachers, like here at
North Park Montessori.>>Hi, I’m Todd Johnson and I graduated
in 2013 and I’m now
volunteering over at the Criminal
Justice Chaplain Center.>>Hi, I’m Eirann Betka
and I’m the producer of Comedy Outlet
Mondays.>>I used to work at
Blandford School years ago and heard teachers
talking excitedly about what they would do if
they had unlimited resources to buy school
supplies. So I took a
grant-writing workshop and started writing grants
to help get supplies and materials
for teachers. It is such a great feeling
to watch the smiles on children’s faces
as they are learning. No matter what your degree is in
or what your field you go into or what you study, when you
look around at your community and the world around you,
you will see a need. And it’s really exciting to
be able to make a difference in the world.>>When I volunteer here, I will
actually be helping with people who are working on re-entering
into the community, as well as those who
have already re-entered. I will be some type of
a support, as well as– not only a support,
but a liaison to getting back to
the community resources. Volunteering
is an elation. It’s a joy to be
able to give back what, at one time,
I was a recipient of. Everybody
should volunteer– I mean, it doesn’t
matter your age, it doesn’t matter
your size, doesn’t matter
your race. You are a part
of the community, and what you put
into your community is what you
get out.>>This is my
acceptance speech! (laughing)
So I like to think that I give back by encouraging
smiles and community. In short, Jay Z now
has 100 problems. (audience laughing) The fact that it’s
all volunteer, and it’s all people who
just give up of their time, it creates kind of
an understanding of “We’re in
this together.” Knowing that a community
is there for me makes me just want to
keep giving back. If you keep encouraging people
to become a part of it, it becomes a part of you, and
that’s something super special– and you can’t find that
a lot of places, but Grand Rapids is pretty
spectacular for that. So if you don’t choose
comedy– which is fine– you still have an opportunity
to make a difference.>>I’m a GRCC graduate,
and I’m making a difference.>>I’m a GRCC graduate and I’m making
a difference!>>I’m a GRCC alum and
I make a difference one laugh
at a time!>>(all)
We need you! (applause)>>So if anyone ever doubted
the impact that graduates from Grand Rapids
Community College have on this
community, Marissa, Todd, and Eirann
show exactly what each of you are capable of. And I presume
many of you are already likely having
a significant impact. In fact, some of you
in this very audience– soon-to-be graduates– Daniel Ridderbos,
Brianna Wildey, Amanda Aguirre,
Kaitlyn Gibbs, Jonathan Jackson,
Megan Garstecki– yes, I have heard about
each and every one of you. You are already giving
back in so many ways– volunteering in
local nonprofits, helping to maintain
local parks, helping in schools
and churches, supporting
senior citizens. There are countless ways
that the hundreds of you– hundreds of you who
are here tonight can and are giving
back to our community. So for the people
that you help, like those that you just saw,
the benefits are clear. There are children
learning math more easily than if someone hadn’t
stepped up to help. There are ex-offenders
successfully re-entering our community, thanks to a
GRCC graduate’s compassion. And there are lots of
people getting a good laugh because a former acting student
is sharing her talents right here in
our community! But before–
but for you, and what I want you
to think about, is that the benefits to
your health and wellness are real. In a study analyzed by the
University of Michigan, which followed more than
10,000– 10,000!– individuals for 60 years, people who are
motivated to volunteer are almost three times
as likely to live longer than those
who do not. And the more frequently and
regularly that you volunteer, the better the
results are. Another study
conducted recently by the Carnegie
Mellon University showed that those who volunteer
200 hours in just one year– that’s only
four hours a week– were likely to have
lower blood pressure than those
who did not. So just imagine the
impact we could all have by giving four hours
a week of our time. The trick is, though– and
I have to point this out– is that you have to
want to volunteer. You have to have
a heart for it. You have to genuinely
want to help others in order to get
these benefits. But somehow, I think most of
you are already in that place. And that means that all
of you as GRCC graduates– you’re gonna be happier and
you’re gonna live longer. But from my
personal experience, I know personally that I
would not be where I am today had it not been
for the many people who stepped up
to help me. When I was in high school,
it was a number of mentors that I had through the
Upward Bound program who helped me believe that I
could actually go to college. Neither of my parents
had gone to college, and I was the first in
my family to earn a degree. And as a city commissioner
and as a mayor, it is volunteers who helped
us build playgrounds, helped us build parks,
helped us plant trees. And at St. John’s,
where I work every day, volunteers
mentor children. They come in and
they teach yoga, they tutor our students
who are struggling, and they beautify
our campus. I can say with
absolute certainty that the world would be a
far more challenging place if it were not for
the power of people. So now that you’re ready to
go out and make a difference, to be your best, your
most altruistic self, where do you go? For starters, you can
start right here… right here
at GRCC. You can volunteer at
Grand Rapids Public Schools, Friends of GR Parks,
D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s where I work. We are always looking
for volunteers. You can also go online
to volunteermatch.org and choose from hundreds
of local organizations that would love to make
use of your many talents. Every year, there’s an
organization called GiveCamp that uses the skills
of programmers, writers, graphic designers
to help nonprofits develop websites
for free. The Heart of West Michigan
United Way– they need
volunteers. Local clinics, hospitals can
make use of your medical skills that you learned
right here at GRCC. Habitat for Humanity would love
to rely on your building skills. The list goes on
and on and on, and I am sure that
there is not one person who is getting a
degree here tonight who doesn’t
have the ability, doesn’t have a skill that they
can share to help someone else. So, as soon as you sign up for
one of these incredible jobs that I have
offered, I hope that I
get to see you. I hope I get to see
you giving back. Hopefully, you can thank me
for encouraging you to step up and I can thank you for the
impact that you’re making on our community. And remember, just like
the three GRCC graduates that you heard from
tonight in that video, who said, “You are
a GRCC graduate “and you can make
a difference.” So thank you so much
for including me in this important
night, tonight. I really appreciate
being here. And congratulations to
each and every one of you. (applause)>>I think we have
a little more business to take care of
tonight. Because now, we’re at the
point in our ceremony– the one you’ve been
anticipating and waiting for– the awarding
of diplomas. (applause, cheering)>>(student screaming)
Yeah, baby!>>That’s what I’m
talking about. (all laughing) The students before us join
tens of thousands of other proud
GRCC alumni. On behalf of all of
us on this stage tonight, and those who have
worked with each of you throughout your
time at GRCC, I want to wish you the best in
whatever step you take next, whether onto a career
or further studies. Please know… we are proud to
call you “alumni.” And now, it’s time
for each to shine as you take that big walk
across this stage. As we confer degrees
this evening, I will be assisted by
the Board of Trustees. Presenting the candidates
for confirmation are Provost
Laurie Chesley, Vice President and Dean for the
School of Workforce Development Bill Pink, and Dean for the School of
Arts and Sciences, Mike Vargo. Let me call to your
attention our students who are wearing gold ribbons
with gold medallions. These are our Delta Pi Alpha
students who are graduating this evening in the
top 5% of their class. (applause, cheering) The students with a medallion
on blue ribbon are members of the
Phi Theta Kappa International
Honor Society and have earned a
grade point average of 3.5 or better. (applause, cheering) The students with blue
and gold honor cords are members of our
Honor’s program. These students have
completed all academic and service requirements
to graduate with this
distinction. The students with
a bronze medallion on a blue and
gold ribbon are graduating from the
Secchia Institute for Culinary
Education. (applause, cheering) The students with red,
white, and blue cords are being honored for their
service to our country. (applause, cheering) There’s a special group
of students with us– these are the students
with purple cords and they are members of the GRCC-Wyoming
Middle College program. (applause, cheering) This partnership between GRCC
and Wyoming Public Schools allows participating
students to earn both a high school
diploma and an Associate of Arts
degree in four years. (applause)
And now, I will call upon our Provost,
Dr. Laurie Chesley, who will begin the
introductions. Laurie? (applause)>>Will the Marshal now
present the candidates who will be graduated
with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts,
Associate of Music, Associate of Science, and
Associate of General Studies. Dr. Michael Vargo, Dean of the
School of Arts and Sciences, will present
these candidates.>>Alanah K. Lee. (applause, cheering) Hana Christoffersen. (applause, cheering) Brandon James Sinclair. (applause, cheering) Beau Laine VanSolkema. (applause, cheering) Michael Reiley Powell. (applause, cheering) Earnette M. Wrancher. (applause, cheering) Amanda Jean Emmorey. (applause, cheering) Enedina L. Waldron. (applause) Brianna Wildey. (applause, cheering) Emily Jessica Potratz. (applause, cheering) Rachael M. Getter. (applause, cheering) Breeanna Marie Sewers. (applause) Mary Cathryn Crawford. (applause, cheering) Angela Marie Bennett. (applause) Clay Strickland Towery. (applause, cheering) Bridget Regina Hendrick. (applause, cheering) Samantha Joy Ericksen. (applause, cheering) Benjamin D. Rau. (applause) Shakira Unique Booker. (applause, cheering) Kailey Lynne Deurloo. (applause, cheering) Gabriella Adriana Davis. (applause, cheering) Melissa M. Manning. (applause, cheering) Karen E. Gale. (applause, cheering) Melody Joy Sheridan. (applause, cheering) Casey Jon Sheridan. (applause, cheering) Kalsie Lynn Kossen. (applause, cheering) Dana E. Atkinson. (applause, cheering) Leslie Chavez. (applause) Erik Ivan Lopez Villanueva. (applause, cheering) Evelyn Zurita. (applause, cheering) Michaelangelo J. Kue. (applause, cheering) Jessica Marie Butgereit. (applause) Sarah Lyn Robertson. (applause) Scott Daniel Landhuis. (applause, cheering) Nicole Racquel Smedley. (applause, cheering) Nicole Louise Kline. (applause, cheering) Kristi A. Rice. (applause) Sophia F. Bruno. (applause, cheering) Michael A. Kennedy. (applause) Christopher Scott Sayer. (applause, cheering) Benjamin David Buurstra. (applause) Herbert Slate. (applause, cheering) Jason A. Palmer. (air horn honking loudly)
(audience laughing) Teigan Ariana Scerbicke. (applause) Kenyon Lain Cotton. (applause, cheering) Tanesha Marie Reid. (applause, cheering) Snobia A. Williams. (applause, cheering) Gacely Zarate. (applause, cheering) Christine M. Sanborn. (applause, cheering) Andres Jimenez-Romero. (applause, cheering) Benjamin Thomas Noorman. (applause, cheering) Olivia Marie Biermacher. (applause, cheering) Emily Ann Biermacher. (applause, cheering) Allan Rietberg. (applause, cheering) Renae Danielle Baron. (applause, cheering) Eden Wisnewski. (applause) Benjamin A. Thompson. (applause, cheering) Luis Noe Martinez. (applause, cheering) Jacob William Jedediah Schmidt. (applause, cheering) Tyler Fredrick Fisk. (applause, cheering) Arthur August Jones. (applause, cheering) Breana Cait McKendrick. (applause, cheering) Audrey Grace Pearson. (applause, cheering) Amy Lynn David. (applause, cheering) Jonathan Edward Tyrone Jackson. (applause, cheering) Franklin B. Bell. (applause, cheering) Nicolette M. Bassett. (applause, cheering) Rebekah R. Birmingham. (applause, cheering) Wesley Jacob Weidig. (applause, cheering) Jacquelynn J. Redder. (applause) Amber F. Jones. (applause, cheering) Candee Marie Aviles. (applause, cheering) Louise Joanna McKenzie. (applause, cheering) Mandy Verna Boos. (applause, cheering) Daniel T. Ridderbos. (applause, cheering) Ryan Q. Hayes. (applause) Patina Ann Cousineau. (applause, cheering) Matthew Jay Sietsema. (applause, cheering) Sana S. Perry. (applause, cheering) Emily Marie Dougherty. (applause, cheering) Geordie Mitchell Jones. (applause, cheering) Nichole L. Schwaiger. (applause, cheering) Josalyn Elaine Ramon. (applause, cheering) Hilda Maria Duran. (applause, cheering) Hannah Grace Haner. (applause, cheering) Steven McCullough. (applause, cheering) Tristan Dicesare. (applause) Zachary Ray Watkins. (applause, cheering) Joel Patrick Oswald. (applause) Jennifer A. Boerman. (applause, cheering) Clarissa June Brower. (applause, cheering) Damaris Ndolo. (applause, cheering) Rachel Ann Fox. (applause) Tracy B. Leno. (applause, cheering) Emily J. Vonk. (applause) Elizabeth Miller. (applause, cheering) Morgan J. Whitney. (applause, cheering) Caitlin Vander Meulen. (applause, cheering) Catharine Trachsel. (applause, cheering) Julia Josephine Barron. (applause, cheering) Morgan Ann Perkins. (applause) Raymond Walter Boze III. (applause) Abbie Lauryn Powers. (applause, cheering) Sarah J. Bowerman. (applause, cheering) Barbara Jo McPhall. (applause, cheering) Carcenia Yvonne Miller. (applause, cheering) Hanna Elizabeth Jeffers. (applause, cheering) Ena M. Mason. (applause, cheering) Brittany Beitner. (applause, cheering) Victoria J. Stedman. (applause, cheering) Briana Clonan. (applause, cheering) Stephanie Kay Allbaugh. (applause, cheering) Phuc Hoang Nguyen. (applause) Brittany N. Miller. (applause, cheering) Alex VerHulst. (applause) Jessica D. Flores Castellon. (applause, cheering) Briana Greinke. (applause, cheering) Sasha Rose Brattain. (applause, cheering) Carlee S. Miller. (applause, cheering) Andrea Elizabeth Velazquez. (applause) Fatima De La Rosa Herrera. (applause, cheering) Laurie Ann Brace. (applause) Emmett Miller. (applause, cheering) Martine Pauline Coly. (applause, cheering) Jennifer L. Crane. (applause, cheering) Alexandra Martha Belman. (applause, cheering) Abdu Musa Osman. (applause, cheering) Nathan A. Edwards. (applause, cheering) Christopher Mwendwa Mutisya. (applause, cheering) Lacey Shae Cavanaugh. (applause) Britney Kione Davis. (applause) Sue Lynne Hopkins. (applause, cheering) Deborah Kembi Bakualuena. (applause) Mercedes Marie Dragan. (applause, cheering) Joseph Andrew Braun. (applause, cheering) Mitchell Hendrickson. (applause, cheering) Rylee Weatherby. (applause, cheering) Emely Javier. (applause, cheering) Emily Aboosamra. (applause, cheering) Ashley LeMieux. (applause, cheering) Lordia DiPiazza. (applause) Heidi Glynn. (applause) Renee Paniccia. (applause, cheering) Cynthia Sprunger. (applause) Tasha Miller. (applause, cheering) Spencer Pratt. (applause, cheering) Elliott Ledy. (applause, cheering) Lindsey Farris. (applause, cheering) Chance Colter. (applause, cheering) Kiyrah Floyd-Topps. (applause, cheering) Gabriela Morales. (applause) Justine Ramirez. (applause) Alexander Kent Suli. (applause, cheering) Cameron Jamaal Todd. (applause, cheering) Melissa Royal. (applause, cheering) Tara L. Zamarron. (applause) Hung Thai Phan. (applause, cheering) Elena Galindo. (applause, cheering) Elizabeth Joann Holton. (applause, cheering) Christian Torres-Sanchez. (applause, cheering) Olivia Hamlin. (applause, cheering) Jenelle N. Ferris. (applause, cheering) Ketashia Berrien. (applause, cheering) Catherine Therese Chapin. (applause, cheering) Emily Elizabeth Suchowolec. (applause, cheering) Abril S. Chacon. (applause, cheering) Kaitlyn Marie Gibbs. (applause, cheering) Alexis Katherine Lampe. (applause, cheering) Alexander David Lemire. (applause, cheering) Erin M. Kalawart. (applause, cheering) Jessica Rose Moore. (applause, cheering) Nicole Marie Veenstra. (applause, cheering) Jovon Washington. (applause, cheering) Michael Allen Brent Jr. (applause, cheering) Leroy L. Reed Jr. (applause, cheering) Kristin Michelle Reid. (applause, cheering) JoAnn Siciliano. (applause) Kyle S. Brethauer. (applause, cheering) Katie Hildenbrand. (applause, cheering) Alhamza Abdomalik. (applause, cheering) John L. Kuk. (applause, cheering) Nicole Rachelle Logie. (applause, cheering) Kizzy La’Nail Hatten. (applause, cheering) Marquis Woodson. (applause, cheering) Chanel Lorenz Smith. (applause, cheering) Kamilah Diondra Shepherd. (applause, cheering) Blake Anthony Lamoreaux. (applause, cheering) Bawi Hlei Sung. (applause, cheering) Maya Lisa Proctor. (applause, cheering) Aimee Okorowski. (applause, cheering) Javyn Charles Walker. (applause, cheering) Shontierra Parks. (applause, cheering) Erika Lee Drozdowski. (applause) Daniel Smith. (applause) Lisa J. Whaley. (applause, cheering) Olivia Nicole Hurtgen. (applause) Lynette A. Marvin. (applause, cheering) Brianna L. Merdzinski. (applause, cheering) Matthew Anthony Myers. (applause, cheering) Nichole Bernice Dalmasi. (applause, cheering) Jesus Esparza. (applause, cheering) Amanda Guadalupe Aguirre. (applause, cheering) Araceli Griselda Hurtado. (applause, cheering) Lacy Dalynn Proctor. (applause, cheering) Kelvin Adulbar Cifuentes. (applause, cheering) Clinton Jasiu Downer. (applause, cheering) Azra Kulic. (applause, cheering) Sarah Sucharita Bushi. (applause, cheering) Savannah Lee Miles. (applause, cheering) Baylie Marie Rajter. (applause, cheering) Alicia Marie Arney. (applause) Ashley Elizabeth Kamp. (applause) Robin L. Carter. (applause, cheering) Estana Joi-Imani Stelpstra. (applause, cheering) Cirri King. (applause, cheering) Carolyn Louise Johnson. (applause, cheering) Anthony Hood. (applause, cheering) Yonas Araya. (applause, cheering) Elizabeth Anne Riegler. (applause, cheering) Jeramie A. Barnes. (applause, cheering) Brianna P. Perdue. (applause, cheering) Chynice D. Pettaway. (applause, cheering) Carina Ramirez. (applause, cheering) Sacree Mbanzieme Kandi. (applause, cheering) Eric J. Rutter. (applause, cheering) Lonzell Thomas. (applause, cheering) Karen Nayeli Hernandez. (applause, cheering) Samuel Edozie. (applause, cheering)>>Will the Marshal now
present the candidates who will be
graduated with an Associate of
Applied Arts and Sciences, Associate of Business,
Associate of Nursing, and certificates? Dr. Bill Pink,
Vice President and Dean of the School
of Workforce Development, will present
these candidates.>>Taylah Rae Westveld. (applause, cheering) Rachael Michele Gillette. (applause, cheering) Tiffany Marie Hill. (applause, cheering) Amanda Thull. (applause, cheering) Amanda Arlene Solomon. (applause, cheering) Nora Lee Michael. (applause, cheering) Shannon Elaine Taylor. (applause, cheering) Holland Elaine Roorda. (applause, cheering) Ashley E. Kolenda. (applause, cheering) Chelsey Marie Denuyl. (applause, cheering) Vanessa Viola Pizzo. (air horn honking loudly)
(applause) Alexandria Ashley Slocum. (applause, cheering) Christina M. Hobbins. (applause, cheering) Rebekah Leigh Scholten. (applause, cheering) Benjamin Lee Geers. (applause, cheering) Michael Stanly Garcia-Castro. (applause, cheering) Barbara Engler. (applause, cheering) Ana M. Rodriguez. (applause, cheering) Scott D. Veeder. (applause, cheering) Tyler Ward Wilson. (applause, cheering) Natalie N. Yeomans. (applause, cheering) Bryce Jorden Schulte. (applause, cheering) John R. Cantu. (applause, cheering) Tate M. Jeurink. (applause, cheering) Benjamin S. Johnson. (applause, cheering) Leah Anja Gillesse. (applause, cheering) Kelvin Urena Gonzalez. (applause, cheering) Megan Ann Hughes. (applause, cheering) Lori Ann Bayer. (applause, cheering) Haley Michelle Tubbs. (applause, cheering) Amber L. Roetman. (applause, cheering) Dana Lynn Mulder. (applause, cheering) Maddison Lee Lamaire. (applause, cheering) Whitney Marie Clark. (applause, cheering) Angela Marie Sellers. (applause, cheering) Angela Marie Martinez. (applause, cheering) Bethany Ann Gebuys. (applause) Crystal Joy Busscher. (applause, cheering) Kelsey J. Eavey. (applause, cheering) Shelby Joanne Lubbers. (applause, cheering) Jeffrey Lee Mills. (applause, cheering) Jameson Weber. (applause, cheering) Jack Alexander Osborn. (applause, cheering) Alexis Olivia Rice. (applause, cheering) Rachel L. Berg. (applause, cheering) Ashley Nichole Bock. (applause, cheering) Matthew Klinkner. (applause, cheering) Adam Wyatt Gross. (applause, cheering) Hannah Marie Hendriksen. (applause, cheering) Sarah Beth Michael. (applause, cheering) Shannon Cassie-Sue Reid. (applause, cheering) Megan Anne Garstecki. (applause, cheering) Daniela Villa. (applause, cheering) Katelynn Rae Wenz. (applause, cheering) Crystal D. Martha. (applause, cheering) Stephen Michael Mouzakis. (applause, cheering) Margaret Amanda Rolax. (applause, cheering) Cheryl Gail Edwards-Cannon. (applause, cheering) Jose Salas. (applause, cheering) Lans Bierens. (applause) Felicia R. Quintana-Puente. (applause, cheering) Jennifer Valle. (applause, cheering) Jennifer Suzanne Stevens. (applause) Holly Marie Stevens. (applause) Kristy Irene Groen. (applause, cheering) Joel N. Mirindi. (applause, cheering) Jessica Martinez. (applause, cheering) Robert James Gillum. (applause, cheering) Marie Claire Uwimana. (applause, cheering) Jeremy Lance Gibson. (applause, cheering) Octavio Sepulveda. (applause, cheering) Nicholas Charles Humphries. (applause) Ashley Blair. (applause, cheering) Heather Jean Larson. (applause) Jamie L. Alber. (applause, cheering) Tomas Torres. (applause, cheering) Victoria Michele Baughman. (applause, cheering) Abigail Annmarie Zeigler. (applause, cheering) Justine D. Toering. (applause, cheering) Kristin Ann-Louise Doornbos. (applause, cheering) Tiffanii L. Willis. (applause, cheering) Eboney Marshanette Harris. (applause, cheering) Ashley Marie VanWingen. (applause, cheering) Glenn Edward-Adam Clark. (applause, cheering) Kevin M. Hutcherson. (applause, cheering) Stephen R. Mcclain. (applause, cheering) Lles S. Holden. (applause, cheering) Rose Ann Baweja. (applause, cheering) Amy Joann Mojica. (applause, cheering) Daneen Andrews. (applause, cheering) Lila M. Carson. (applause, cheering) Melissa J. Becker. (applause, cheering) Anthony James Morehouse. (applause, cheering) Arthur Bush. (applause, cheering) April Lemay Jones. (applause, cheering) Chantel D. Williams. (applause, cheering) Elizabeth Marie Nagel. (applause, cheering) Adam R. VanPortfliet. (applause, cheering) Steve Maquis Bracey. (applause, cheering) Noor Dini Sharif. (applause, cheering) Holly D. Gildner. (applause, cheering) Brenda Yojana Krebs. (applause) Rachael L. Pardon. (applause, cheering) Megan Elizabeth Eiford-Noonan. (applause) April M. Hansen. (applause, cheering) Melissa Catherine Tobias. (applause, cheering) Natalie Faith Frelix. (applause, cheering) Kelly Ann Kiss. (applause, cheering) Patty Rios. (applause, cheering) Chloe Savant King. (applause, cheering) Alicia Y. Garcia. (applause, cheering) Candise Vroma. (applause, cheering) Alvaro Cardiel Jr. (applause, cheering) Angela Paige Collins. (applause, cheering) Albert T. Kidd Jr. (applause, cheering) Joseph Robert Holben. (applause, cheering) Alex Anaya. (applause, cheering) Daniele R. Chandler. (applause, cheering) Arnetta Kieshon Clark. (applause, cheering) Alana Cierra Wilson. (applause, cheering) Jasmine Gabrielle Danesha. (applause, cheering) Kendra Carmella Bowman. (applause, cheering) Denise Fisher. (applause) Serina D. Anderson. (applause, cheering) Linda R. Arangua. (applause, cheering) Danielle Diane Giancotti. (applause, cheering) Margaret A. Lammy. (applause, cheering) Scott M. DuBois. (applause, cheering) Stephanie K. Tarrh. (applause, cheering) Tiffany A. Horan. (applause, cheering) Karleen Janae Klaasen. (applause, cheering) Kristina Elizabeth Crater. (applause, cheering) Sara Beth Borrink. (applause, cheering) Crystal J. Scholma. (applause, cheering) Sarah C. Hincka. (applause, cheering) Elvira Omerovic. (applause, cheering) Natalia Isaev. (applause, cheering) Jennifer L. Stephens. (applause, cheering) Ivette S. Flandreau. (applause, cheering) Rebecca Lynn Rios. (applause, cheering) Teresa E. Vande Guchte. (applause, cheering) Julie L. Crandall. (applause, cheering) Katie M. Nelund. (applause, cheering) Kevin Derek Smith. (applause, cheering) Benjamin Cushman. (applause, cheering) Jonathan Daniel Welch. (applause, cheering) Elizabeth Anne Spencer. (applause) Mary K. St. John. (applause, cheering) Kaylee A. Thomas. (applause, cheering) Michael Lawarnce Fair. (applause, cheering) Megan R. Cook. (applause, cheering) Giorgia M. Artale. (applause, cheering) Faith Christina Lambert. (applause, cheering) Keesha M. Nash. (applause, cheering) Kaitlin Hazel. (applause, cheering) Melisa M. DeRoos. (applause) Samantha Kelly Luke. (applause, cheering) Emily Nicole Winters. (applause, cheering) Renae L. Smith. (applause) Christopher Tomiko. (applause, cheering) Kelsey Ann Parker. (applause, cheering) Megan M. DeSappio. (applause, cheering) Megan Krystal Steele. (applause, cheering) Joanna R. Pickerd. (applause, cheering) Jennifer L. Tanis. (applause, cheering) Heath P. Kossen. (applause, cheering) Frederick Allen Brown. (applause, cheering) Shateda M. Walker. (applause, cheering) TaShica Nichol Miller. (applause, cheering) Cassandra L. Barnes. (applause, cheering) Kadejah D. Pearson. (applause, cheering) Kathleen M. Stull. (applause, cheering) Monique Hill. (applause, cheering) Nancy Vaughn. (applause, cheering) Lea C. Damasco. (applause, cheering) John Klomp. (applause, cheering) Julie Stephens. (applause, cheering) Charles Brian Moore II. (applause, cheering) Shane Michael Ridenour. (applause, cheering) Lloyd T. Robinson Jr. (applause, cheering) Julie Anne Peterson. (applause) Danesha Mohsini. (applause) Kara Lynn Tompkins. (applause, cheering) Ashley A. Conley. (applause, cheering) Brandon Michael Whitcomb. (applause, cheering) Elyssa Ann Vandermolen. (applause, cheering) Janae Wynn. (applause, cheering) Anne M. Sedore. (applause, cheering) Tania Marin. (applause, cheering) Jacob Litchfield. (applause, cheering) Keyon M. Hall. (applause, cheering) Matthew Alan Kubiak. (applause, cheering) Catherine Janice Swanson. (applause, cheering) Georgina Ledesma Ross. (applause, cheering) Haydee Limates Meiste. (applause) Kaylie Joy Mast. (applause, cheering) Lauren Rae Flynn. (applause, cheering) Carolyn June Steimel. (applause, cheering) Nathan Scott Westgate. (applause, cheering) Stacey Baughan. (applause, cheering) Alyssa Brown. (applause, cheering) Laurel Kolenda. (applause, cheering) Ryan Jasper Guareno. (applause, cheering) Anna Alicia Jakubielski. (applause, cheering) Courtney Fae Meyers. (applause, cheering) Lauren Michelle Herrema. (applause, cheering) Bria Wheeler. (applause, cheering) Lindsey Louise Stevens. (applause, cheering) Ashley Marie Fortier. (applause, cheering) Chloe Zwart. (applause, cheering) Courtney Marie Watkins. (applause, cheering) Leah Beemer. (applause, cheering) Rosa E. Verdeja. (applause, cheering) Laura Sue Price. (applause) Britny L. Barnes. (applause, cheering) Derek Stockwell. (applause) Jenelle R. Stevens. (applause, cheering) Carolyn Joy Tenbroeke. (applause, cheering) Lisa Bruinooge. (applause, cheering) Ebony Jean Jeter. (applause, cheering) Grant Gerard Allison. (applause, cheering) Josh Tre’ Christensen. (applause, cheering) Cora Lynn See. (applause, cheering) Edina Puskar. (applause) Jared A. Clendening. (applause, cheering) Jose Antonio Aguado. (applause, cheering) Molly Jayne Palma. (applause, cheering) Sarrah Birdsall. (applause, cheering) Jose Robeldo Carranco. (applause, cheering) Jonathan Rubante. (applause, cheering) Brian N. Haugen. (applause, cheering) Edward David Mroz. (applause, cheering) Alicia A. Ruiz. (applause, cheering) Jeffrey T. Bailey. (applause, cheering) Katelyn B. Reynolds. (applause, cheering) Kathryn Irene Richardson. (applause, cheering) Jordan Spaans. (applause) Kelly Pelletier. (applause, cheering) Morgan Leigh Meyers. (applause, cheering) Dana Rae Gugliotta. (applause, cheering) Brandon Scott Lauri. (applause, cheering) Ali Alhaideri. (applause, cheering) Chelsea Lauren Wright. (applause, cheering) Kaylee Jean Vandyke. (applause, cheering) Caitlin M. Vruggink. (applause, cheering) Samantha Ellen Walczewski. (applause, cheering) Allison M. Tanis. (applause, cheering) Natalie Caitlin Stocker. (applause, cheering) Abigail Lee Cuevas. (applause, cheering) Brandie Lee Ridenour. (applause, cheering) Ashley Rosalez. (applause, cheering) Kristin E. Hirssig. (applause, cheering) (scattered chuckling) (scattered yelling,
cheering) (applause, cheering) (air horn honking loudly) (applause, cheering) (scattered cheering)>>Will all of the
candidates for graduation please stand. (applause, cheering) President Ender,
upon the recommendation of the faculty of
Grand Rapids Community College, I am honored and privileged
to present the candidates for Associate
of Arts, Associate of Applied Arts
and Sciences, Associate of Business,
Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of General Studies,
Associate of Music, Associate of Nursing, Associate of Science, and
certificate programs.>>Thank you– by virtue of
the authority vested in me as President of Grand Rapids
Community College, the Board of
Trustees, and the laws of the
state of Michigan. I now confer upon each
of you the certificate, degree, and title as they
apply to you individually, and cite you as being worthy of
all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities that come
with this accomplishment. You may now shift your
tassel from right to left. Ladies and gentlemen…
(loud applause, cheering) I proudly present the
2016 graduating class of Grand Rapids
Community College! (applause, cheering) (air horn honking loudly) (cheering) I’d ask you now… (cheering) I’d ask you now to
remain standing as our student musicians
perform our Alma Mater. (orchestral music)>>(choir singing)
♪ Above a city on a hill ♪ ♪ A river winding through ♪ ♪ A college stands
with open doors ♪ ♪ Its colors
gold and blue ♪ ♪ Alma Mater
of open arms ♪ ♪ To all who
wish to be ♪ ♪ Searchers for
that distant light ♪ ♪ The truth that
sets us free ♪ (orchestral music) ♪ A bridge across
the rising flood ♪ ♪ A path to
firmer shore ♪ ♪ A journey to
a mountaintop ♪ ♪ A new world
to explore ♪ (orchestral music) ♪ A beacon in the
dark of night ♪ ♪ To travelers
on the sea ♪ ♪ A vineyard for the
hands and hearts ♪ ♪ To nurture lovingly ♪ ♪ Alma Mater
of open arms ♪ ♪ To all who
wish to be ♪ ♪ Searchers for
the distant light ♪ ♪ The truth that
sets us free ♪ ♪ Alma Mater
of open arms ♪ ♪ To all who
wish to be ♪ ♪ Searchers for
the distant light ♪ ♪ The truth that
sets us free ♪ ♪ The truth ♪ ♪ That sets us ♪ ♪ Free ♪ (applause)>>Graduates, we are
very proud of you and want to
congratulate you for this important and
wonderful milestone. We are so proud to
call you “GRCC alumni.” We wish all of you
a wonderful night and I’d ask guests to
please remain in your seat until the platform officials,
faculty, and graduates recess. Thank you. (applause, cheering) (“Florentiner March”
by Julius Fucik) (lively orchestral music) (“GRCC’s Alma Mater”) (orchestral music)>>(choir singing)
♪ Above a city on a hill ♪ ♪ A river winding through ♪ ♪ A college stands
with open doors ♪ ♪ Its colors
gold and blue ♪ ♪ Alma Mater
of open arms ♪ ♪ To all who
wish to be ♪ ♪ Searchers for
that distant light ♪ ♪ The truth that
sets us free ♪ (orchestral music) ♪ A bridge across
the rising flood ♪ ♪ A path to
firmer shores ♪ ♪ A journey to
a mountaintop ♪ ♪ A new world
to explore ♪ (orchestral music) ♪ A beacon in the
dark of night ♪ ♪ To travelers
on the sea ♪ ♪ A vineyard for the
hands and hearts ♪ ♪ To nurture lovingly ♪ ♪ Alma Mater
of open arms ♪ ♪ To all who
wish to be ♪ ♪ Searchers for
the distant light ♪ ♪ The truth that
sets us free ♪ ♪ Alma Mater
of open arms ♪ ♪ To all who
wish to be ♪ ♪ Searchers for
the distant light ♪ ♪ The truth that
sets us free ♪ ♪ The truth ♪ ♪ That sets us ♪ ♪ Free ♪ (applause, cheering)>>(Pres. Ender)
Graduates, we are
very proud of you and want to
congratulate you for this important and
wonderful milestone. We are so proud to
call you “GRCC alumni.” We wish all of you
a wonderful night and I’d ask guests to
please remain in your seat until the platform officials,
faculty, and graduates recess. Thank you. (applause, cheering) (“Florentiner March”
by Julius Fucik) (lively orchestral music)