GRCC Graduation 2017

GRCC Graduation 2017

October 17, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(orchestra tuning instruments)>>Hello, from
outside GRCC! This is Jim Schafer,
coming to you live, and we are getting ready for
the 2017 commencement at GRCC. But we thought we’d
take a couple minutes and talk to some of the students
that are graduating tonight, and I have one right here–
and your name is?>>April Shirey.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Well, it’s just an
Associate of Arts, but I’m transferring to
Aquinas to pursue a degree in Biogeography.>>That was actually
my next question.>>See, I’m reading your mind.
(laughing)>>And do you have
family in there tonight?>>I do. My husband, my mother,
my father, and then my mother-in-law
and my father-in-law.>>How did you manage to get
that many tickets for this?>>Five was the cap– I lucked
out with five family members.>>Did you have people
that you wanted to invite that didn’t come?>>Well, the important
ones are here.>>Whoa, that was
a good answer. All right, do you want
to say hi to them?>>Hi, guys!
(laughing)>>Okay, we’ve
got another one. Come on up here. And here we have…
>>Jessica Blair.>>And what are we
graduating with tonight?>>General Ed– Associate’s
in General Education with a minor
in Baking.>>Okay, so what do you want
to do career-wise from there?>>I’m currently
a bakery owner. So I work with somebody
at catering, so…>>You want to give a quick plug
in there for the business? I mean, you’re
live inside there.>>Unless you’re in Texas.
(laughing)>>Nobody is going to come to it
from Michigan to Texas tonight.>>Yeah, so…
>>Who do you–>>I live in
Texas now. So I came up here, drove
20 hours to get up here.>>That’s incredible! That’s quite
a commute. And you’re just going
back tonight?>>Tomorrow morning.>>Okay, yeah, that’d be a
too long of a drive tonight.>>A little bit.
(laughing)>>Do you have
family in there?>>I do– I have my
father and my mother and I have a couple
of friends. My friends’ families
are in there, too, so…>>Excellent– well, look
right into the camera lens and wave to ’em
and say hi.>>Hey Mom, hi Dad, Gordon,
John, everybody– hey!>>Well, have a safe
trip back to Texas.>>Thank you.
(chuckling)>>All right, and we have a
really, really shy person who she did not
want to do this, but I kinda coaxed
her into it. Your name is…?
>>Julie Nowakowski.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>I’m graduating with a
major in Foreign Language and a minor in– an Associate’s
in Arts– in Liberal Arts.>>What language?
>>Sign language.>>Really?
I know sign language. “Hi.”>>”Hi.”
>>It’s not H-I? Oh, okay… how would
you say “welcome”?>>Welcome.>>You are good at this!
>>It is my major.>>It is. So do you have family
in there tonight?>>Yes, I have my
mother, my brother, one of my coworkers as well as
one of my really best friends.>>Okay, you look right into
the lens and say hi to them.>>Hi, Nate, Shell’.>>Okay, say the whole thing
to them in sign language.>>(laughing)>>That was very good.>>I’ve been doing
it since I was 14.>>Did you notice how I
held the mic up for you for sign language?
>>I find that funny.>>That was kinda funny.
(laughing) All right, well, listen–
we’re going back to look for some more
people to interview. So we’ll be back with you
in just a few minutes.>>Hi, we’re back
out here again. The rain is still
holding off, and I’m still getting
more students that want to be
interviewed. Actually, they don’t want
to be interviewed– I kinda dragged
them into it. But you know, we’re
gonna try this anyway. First of all, we have…?
>>Kristian Currie.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>An Associate’s in
Restaurant Management.>>What do you plan on
doing with that degree?>>Maybe eventually
owning my own business. I don’t know
exactly. We’ll see
how it goes.>>Would that be a like
restaurant business?>>Yeah, or a bakery–
I don’t know yet.>>Yeah, I mean, if
you had a restaurant, what kind of food
would you have in it?>>Good food. That’s the best
type of food.>>That’s a good answer– I
mean, do you like Chinese food? Thai– what would be
the genre of the food.>>I don’t know, maybe some
infusion of different cultures, but mostly
American-based.>>Okay, that’d
be nice! We could use a good
restaurant in Grand Rapids. And who do you have
in there tonight?>>Just family and
friends, basically. My grandparents,
as well.>>You sound is
blasé about it! I mean, aren’t they kinda
excited to be here to see you?>>Yeah, they are,
but I’m like– you know, I’ve been
waiting for this day, so I don’t get excited until
the very moment when I walk across the stage.>>Are you going to do a
jumping jack or something?>>(chuckling)
I don’t know yet–
it will be a surprise.>>Okay, well, we’re
recording in there. So I’m sure if do a cartwheel,
they’ll catch it.>>Right.
>>You want to wave to them?>>Yeah, I’ll
wave to them. Heyyy!>>You looked very
excited there.>>I know– I’m super excited.
(laughing)>>Well, thank you very much.
>>All right, thanks.>>Okay, now this guy
keeps running away. It’s just
unbelievable. He didn’t even want to
kind of being interviewed. But your name is?
>>James Lane III.>>I’m a James, too!
>>It’s a good name, see?>>Yeah– what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Culinary Arts degree.>>What do you plan
on doing with it?>>Um, being a chef.
>>Where? I mean, do you have like an
idea where you want to be?>>Right now, I run a kitchen up
in Ludington, on Hamlin Lake. I’m a chef up there right now.
>>The Hamlin Inn?>>No, Hamlin Lake– it’s
just a restaurant up there. (indistinct).>>Oh, okay,
I’ve been there! Very cool. So do you have family
in there tonight?>>Yes, my son,
my two daughters, and my two biggest
supporters.>>And that’s them– that’s
the children, right?>>That’s their moms.>>Oh, moms– okay, well, do
you want to walk into the lens and say hi to them?
>>Hey, guys.>>See, that wasn’t
so hard, was it? All that running
you did away from me? You know, and this is a
pretty easy interview.>>Very easy–
I like it.>>Okay, maybe we’ll call
you back in a little while.>>All right,
I’ll be right here.>>All right, thank you.
>>Thank you.>>All right, next, these are–
this is another nervous person. This side of the
room is all nervous. What is your name?
>>Neosha?>>Neosha– what is that medal
you have around your neck?>>It’s for
culinary arts.>>Why did they
give that to you?>>(laughing)
Because I graduated.>>How come the other
two didn’t have a medal?>>I don’t know–
I’m cooler?>>I think
you’re cooler! So what do you plan on
doing with your degree?>>Umm… cooking.
(laughing)>>Cooking– that
is a great answer. You know, what else would you do
with a culinary degree, really. What kind of cooking
are you going to do?>>I don’t know.
>>I mean, do you like baking? Do you like–
>>I just like regular cooking, just like anything.
>>You like Hamburger Helper kind of thing or something
a little more sophisticated?>>Okay, creative cooking. We’ll go with just
random creativeness.>>Random creative
cooking, okay. Now, do you have family
in here tonight?>>Yeah, I have my mom,
my dad, and my boyfriend, my brother and my grandma
and my best friends, Kennedy and Mika.>>That’s a lot of people.
>>Yeah.>>Well, do you want to look
right into the camera lens and say hi to them?
>>Hi, guys! (giggling)>>She’s going to be a cook, and
she’s going to cook something, but we’ll find
out later. Okay, well,
thank you very much. Okay… okay, now here are
my first two people that really, really, really
wanted to be interviewed. The first one is…?
>>Tori Kosbar.>>See, and look it–
and that is perfect. You know, not
even kinda nervous. And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Associate’s degree in
Business Administration. Sorry, I had
to look.>>You actually had
to look at your card.>>I forgot.
(giggling)>>How long has it been
since you took a class relating to your degree?
>>One semester. I’ve been done since,
yeah, last fall.>>Okay, so in
one semester, you forgot what you
were graduating with.>>I guess so!
(laughing)>>Okay, and you have
family in there tonight?>>I do. I have my sister Shay,
my brother Levi, Jacqueline, Mom, Dad, grandma, grandpa
and my boyfriend Ray.>>You wanna wave to them?
>>Hi! (laughing)>>Now, you will remember
them after graduation, right?>>Yeah, I should.
(laughing)>>Okay, good, because you’re
having trouble with your degree. Just a little bit,
just a little bit. Okay, and over here, we have–
thank you very much, by the way. Over here, we have…?
>>Brook Wheeler.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Office Administration
Associate’s.>>What do you plan
on doing with that?>>Getting an
office job. Getting out of
the factory.>>Okay, and do you have
family in there tonight?>>I do– my mom,
my dad, my aunt, my best friend,
and my son.>>Okay, do you want to look
in there and say hi to them?>>Hi!>>See, now that’s how
an interview should go– very nice,
very peaceful, she knows what she’s
graduating with.>>I got that right.>>And you know the people that
are in there looking for you.>>Yup, that’s true.>>Are they going to yell
when you come off the stage?>>They better.>>All right, well,
good luck to you out there.>>All right,
thank you.>>All right, we’re going to get
some more interviewees for you and we’ll see you
in a few minutes.>>Okay, we’re back out on the
Commons with another student. And your name is…?>>My name is
Brandon Alexander Conner.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>I’m graduating with an
Associate of Arts degree.>>Okay, now, I notice you
have a medal around your neck. What is that for?
>>It stands for the
Phi Theta Kappa Honors fraternity.
>>Very cool. And do you have family
in there tonight?>>Yup, I’d like to give a
shout-out to my mom Renee, my sister Faith,
my grandpa Rick, my grandma Char,
and my father Bill. Thanks for coming
out tonight!>>Wow, and give
them a big wave.>>Excellent,
excellent job. Thank you very much! Okay, you two,
come on over here. More shy
people again. Your name is…?
>>Amanda Hadd.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Business Administration.>>What do you plan on
doing with that degree?>>Going to
New York City! And making a change
in the world.>>Excellent–
good place to start!>>Liberal Studies is
gonna be my transfer.>>See, you were like ready for
these questions, weren’t you?>>Yeah, I’m ready
all the time.>>Oh, that’s a
good quality. And do you have family
in there tonight?>>Yes, inside,
there’s some family. My mom and grandma.>>Do you want
to wave to them?>>Oh, no…
(laughing)>>Yes, live, you’re 12 feet
high in the Ford Fieldhouse.>>Hello!
(laughing)>>Thank you very much. And next, we have…?
>>Yuliana Alcauter.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Associate’s of Art.>>You seem very chill–
I mean, just kinda relaxed.>>I’m ready
for this.>>Okay, and who do you
have in there tonight?>>My mom, my husband,
and my daughter.>>Do you want to wave to them?
>>Hi, guys.>>Look it, you’re
a professional. You’re perfect at this!
>>I try. No, I’m nervous,
actually.>>You don’t look
nervous at all.>>Thank you–
I try not to.>>Well, thank you
very much. Okay, and now we
got two more. Look it– we’ve
just got tons– you wouldn’t believe how
many students are out here. First of all, okay, this guy–
oh, he’s losing his sash. Here, let’s put the
sash on– there you go. There you go. Okay, your name is…?>>Raul Alejandro
Gonzalez-Enriquez.>>I thought your name
was going to be Clark Kent because of
your T-shirt.>>Well, man, you gotta
keep that down low. You gotta give
a second identity.>>Oh, okay, well, do the big
flash, like the Superman flash.>>You like it?
>>Excellent, excellent. You were just like 10 feet high
in the Fieldhouse doing that, so pretty impressive.
>>Yeah, I like that. Everyone can
look up at me.>>Yeah, that’s so true. What are you graduating
with tonight?>>Associate’s of Science.
>>Oooh, a scientist.>>Yeah, I’m going to
Grand Valley after this for pre-med. Hopefully, I can get into
Michigan State Med School.>>Right up there– you’re just
going to basically go to school a block away from here?
>>Yeah, I can’t leave. Got family here I have
to take care of.>>Wow, that’s very
dedicated of you.>>Of course– I mean,
they got me here, I’m gonna take ’em
anywhere they need to be. You want to wave
to them in there?>>Hi. (both laughing)>>That was probably the worst
part of this entire interview. But… but thank
you very much, and I wish you
the best of luck.>>Thank you.
>>Okay, next up, we have– she was the first
person in line, so are you
nervous at all?>>No– well, a little,
yeah– yeah, I am.>>Good to be honest
about that. So what’s your name?
>>Stacey Melville.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Associate’s of Arts.>>What do you plan
on doing with that?>>I’m going to GVSU in the
fall for Elementary Education.>>So you’re going to be an
elementary school teacher?>>Yes, sir.>>So what age group do
you like to work with?>>I’m thinking kindergarten to
third grade would be my prime, but I’ve been told multiple
times that you will take any job that is offered to you in
the teaching profession, so you know…
(chuckling)>>Okay, I mean, that’s a
hard group to work with. I mean, there’s a lot
of crying in that group.>>Well, I have a 2.5-year-old,
so I’m pretty used to it.>>Wow, more power to you.
>>Thank you.>>Now, do you have
family in there?>>Yes, I do. My son Jax, my husband Mike,
my dad, my brother, my sister’s probably in there but she’s probably late,
so I don’t know, and my aunt Cheryl
in place of my mom.>>Okay, sister, get here
as soon as possible! She’s waiting for you.
>>(laughing).>>You want to give ’em a wave?
>>Hi! I’ll see you
in a little bit.>>Very cool–
thank you very much. Okay, you guys,
come on up here. Okay, I’m going to start
with this guy over here. Because very, very nervous–
>>Stop! (laughing)>>First, I’ll start with
you– your name is?>>Andre Shepard.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>I’m graduating with my
Associate’s of General Studies.>>And what do you plan on
doing with that degree?>>I’m planning on going to
finish my Bachelor’s of Business at Western Michigan
University.>>Very cool– that was going
to be my next question. And now, do you have
somebody in there?>>Yeah, I do have
people in there.>>Who do you have?>>My mom and a special
woman in my life.>>Very nice– do you
want to give them a wave?>>Sup? Hey, thanks
for coming.>>Very cool–
love it. Okay, your name is…?
>>Christopher Sanjurjo.>>Okay, now you’ve got
a different lanyard around your neck–
what is that for?>>That’s for
being a veteran.>>Okay, and what are you
graduating with tonight?>>Associate’s of Art.>>What do you plan
on doing with that?>>I plan on transferring
over to MSU and pursuing a degree
in social work and after that, hopefully get
accepted in the Master’s program and just continue
on there.>>Wow, you really know
what you’re doing. I was not that sure
when I graduated.>>(laughing)
I’m pretty sure about it. So do you have
family in there?>>I do.
>>Do you wanna say hi to them?>>I do– hi Olivia,
hi in-laws, hi Sammy, hi Rhianna, hi Allison,
hi Serena… my whole family is there.
(laughing)>>Well, hi to the in-laws who
apparently don’t have names.>>Patrick and Debra.
>>Oh, Patrick and Debra. See, he does know
your names. Thank you
very much. Okay, now I’m not going to say
she’s nervous because she’s not. No, you’re not
nervous as all. So what is your name?
>>Maleah.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>An Associate of Arts.>>What do you wanna
do with that?>>I’m transferring,
hopefully, to Hope, to pursue a
degree in math and then get a Master’s
degree, hopefully.>>Wow, math,
that’s impressive. I’m terrible at math.
>>(laughing). I mean, a lot of people are, but
I’m not that good at science, so math was the
only (indistinct).>>Do you have family in there?
>>Yes.>>Do you want to
say hi to them?>>Yeah, my boyfriend,
Nathanial McClelland, and then my mom and dad,
and my daughter Arriana, and Marissa.>>Very cool– you can give
them a wave if you want to.>>(giggling).
>>That was a very cheesy wave. That was kind
of the “hi.” All right, well,
thank you very much. Okay, we brought you
a big group there. We’re gonna be bringing you
even a bigger group next time.>>Okay, welcome back, and
I wanted to remind everyone that we are streaming live
on Facebook and YouTube. So go to the
GRCC Facebook page where you can see
the live stream or go to youtube.com/grcc
and watch the graduation live, if you’re not already sitting
there, listening to this. So we’ve got a few
more students for you. And first of all, we have…?
>>Lauren Cooper.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>My Associate’s in
Child Development.>>So what are you going to
want to do with that degree?>>Be a preschool teacher.
>>Preschool, really?>>Isn’t that kinda
nerve-wracking?>>No, I love it! It’s my favorite ever.>>Are you graduating
with that just because we have our
new building up here?>>No, because I don’t
get to go in there because it’s already
built and I’m done.>>Well, I know, but you could
come back and teach there.>>Yeah, I could, but I
already have a preschool job.>>Okay, I’m not gonna
argue with you about it.>>That’s okay.>>And do you have family
in there tonight?>>Yes, I have my mom, dad, and
then Kensie, Kayla, and Justin. So hello.
(laughing)>>Oh, see, and I was just going
to say that you could even wave to them if you wanted to.
>>Oh, sorry, I’ll wave. Hi, guys!
(chuckling)>>You don’t have to
apologize for waving. It’s okay–
thank you very much. And next, we have– and
this one really wanted to get
going quick. She wants to get back in
the line for some reason. And your name is…?
>>Rachel Burian.>>What are you
graduating with?>>My Associate’s in
Child Development.>>And are you also going
to be a preschool teacher?>>Uh, probably
a toddler teacher.>>What do you
teach a toddler?>>Just to play.>>Just– hey, that
sounds like a great job.>>Learning
through play.>>And do you have
family there tonight?>>I do. Mark and Ashley and my
grandma and my mom and dad.>>You wanna wave to them?
>>Hi, family!>>”Hi, family!” And next, we have–
and then, this one didn’t even know we
were live inside. She goes, “Oh, are we going to
be on that big screen inside? I’m like, “Yeah, we’re gonna
be on that big screen inside.” That’s kind of
the “live” thing. But your name is…?
>>Megan Dame.>>And what are you
graduating with?>>An Associate’s in
Child Development.>>Are you all, like– you’re
all Child Development? You’re going to be Child
Development, too, aren’t you?>>I am, actually.
(laughing)>>Okay, and who do
you want to teach?>>Preschool.
>>Another preschool.>>Yeah, more with
kids at risk.>>Okay, that’s very noble.
>>Yeah, thank you.>>Now, what is on
your mortar there? What do you
have written? Can you dip
your head?>>It’s a poem by Maya Angelou–
it’s called “Still I Rise.”>>Very cool– sorry,
say that one more time.>>It’s a poem by Maya Angelou–
it’s called “Still I Rise.”>>I actually know that poem.
>>I love it.>>Now, do you
have family there?>>Yup, I have my mom,
my grandpa, my brother,
and my fiancé.>>Do you want to
say hi to them?>>Hey, guys.>>She’s very excited to
have you here, really.>>(laughing).>>And next, we have…?
>>Audrey Bergquist.>>And you’re– okay,
wait, Child Development.>>Yes, but I’m going
to go back to Ferris and get my Bachelor’s
in Elementary Ed.>>Excellent! Now, what grade are you
looking at teaching?>>First or second.
>>See, you’re smarter that way. I wouldn’t go for
the real little kids.>>Oh, for sure.
(laughing)>>And do you have
family in there tonight?>>Yeah, my mom and my dad,
my grandparents, Miss Sharon, and hi, Aunt Esther, I know
you’re watching online.>>Yeah, she is
watching facebook.com– oh, actually, it’s
not facebook.com. It would be GRCC’s
Facebook page and youtube.com/grcc. So watch it live,
streaming, if you want to go home now
and not sit in the audience. So we’re going to go
back to the studio– and no, we’re not going
back to the studio. We’re going to go back
to the music in there, and we will see you
in a few minutes.>>Okay, we are back, and we
have a brand new student. Your name is–
hey, wait a minute! We already
interviewed you!>>(chuckling)
I forgot to say hi
to my father-in-law. Okay, I think
that’s everybody. My dad, my father-in-law,
my sister, my son, and my husband,
and my aunt. There we go–
love you, guys!>>Okay, she is off, and we
have our next victim– I mean, interviewee. And your name is…?
>>So my name is Jonathan.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>I’m getting Correction
certificate and I’m also graduating
with an Associate’s degree, transferring
over to Ferris.>>You did have to look at
your card for that, though. You know, somebody else
did just that same thing.>>(chuckling)
Did they really? Oh, man.
>>(laughing). And who do you have in there,
family-wise, tonight?>>So I have my brother,
my brother-in-law, my fiancée, and my mother
in there. Also my little sister.
>>Very nice. And what do you plan on doing
with that degree once you– I mean, what do you
want to do as a career?>>Oh, so I want to become
a probation officer.>>That’s serious business.
>>Yeah, it is.>>All right, well,
congratulations, and we’ll see you
in there, okay?>>All right, thank you–
bye, everybody.>>Okay, okay…
and next up we have…?>>Pauline McGregor.>>Now, you have a special
family member in there tonight, don’t you?
>>Yes, I do. I have my brother all
the way from Jamaica here for my graduation–
hi Paul! I’m here– and my
Uncle Donald– hi uncle! So yeah, and I have some
friends in there, too.>>Do you know
their names, too?>>Yes, there’s Angela and
Michelle, James, and Grace.>>Okay, now I gotta ask you
the first question which I’ve been
asking everybody– what are you graduating
with tonight?>>My Associate’s
in Arts.>>And what do you want
to do with that degree?>>Going further for my
Bachelor’s in Social Work.>>And where are you
going to go to?>>Spring Arbor.
>>That’s a good college.>>Yes, yes.>>Do you want to wave
to everybody in there?>>Hi, everyone,
good to see you! I made it!
(chuckling)>>Thank you very much. Okay, and our
next victim… yeah, she was
on her phone. We had a hard time
getting her off the phone. But here she is,
and her name is…?>>Temitayo Miyoshi-Seun
Jemison. Hi, everybody!>>It’s like you’ve been
listening to the interviews up till now.
>>Yes, of course I have.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>With Associate
of Arts.>>And what do you want
to do with that?>>I’m going to go to
Cornerstone University so that I can get a Bachelor’s
in Leadership in Ministry.>>Very cool. And do you have family
in there tonight?>>Yes, my mother,
Caroline Charleston– hi darling! My son, Carlos–
hello, darling! My grandchildren– that’s
Carmia, Mycara, and Myesha. Brittany doll, and my pastor
Sam Moffett and his wife Deb.>>That’s quite a group
you’ve got in there! Well, congratulations to you.
>>Thank you so much.>>And you better get into line. I think they’re going
to be walking soon.>>Whoo, go blue!
>>(laughing). Would you like to
be interviewed? Oh, look it–
I didn’t even ask her. So this will be
interesting. Your name is…?
>>Shavette Burress.>>And what are you
graduating with tonight?>>With Associate’s.>>What do you want to
do with that degree?>>I’m transferring
to Grand Valley.>>Ooh, okay, and…?
>>A social worker. My major really
was Psychology, and I just changed it
at the last minute, so.>>Okay, and what didn’t you
like about psychology?>>I liked psychology but
I know it takes a long time in order to really receive
the income that you would like. And so, you have to
receive a Master’s degree or a Doctorate degree. And so, I’m really rearing
to get ready to go, you know, to take
care of my daughter. and so I’m gonna change to
social work for a while, and then prayerfully I’ll
finish with a Master’s degree or a Doctorate degree.>>Wow, you really know
what you’re doing there. So you have family
that’s in there?>>Yes, my mother,
my brothers, and my sister, my father–
rest in peace– and my grandmother–
rest in peace.>>Uh-oh, we’re starting to walk
now, so we’re gonna have to– so give them a good wave.
>>Thank you, I made it! It’s only God–
thank you!>>Okay, and here come
the graduates, everyone! So get ready to
cheer for them.>>Welcome to Grand Rapids
Community College 100th commencement
exercises! (applause, cheering) (fanfare
orchestral music) Carrying the college’s
gonfalons are Kayla Tucker, Editor-in-Chief of
“The Collegiate,” and Giancarlo Hernandez,
student employee, Student Life. (Edward Elgar’s
“Pomp and Circumstance”) (orchestral music) Now, please welcome the
Grand Rapids Community College graduating class
of 2017! (applause, cheering) (“Pomp and Circumstance”) (orchestral music) Carrying the gonfalons
are Morgan Brown, President of
Phi Theta Kappa, and Kyezie Bwanangela,
Director of Operations, Student Alliance. (orchestral music) Now, please welcome
the faculty of Grand Rapids
Community College, led by their respective
Associate Deans. (applause, cheering) Entering
on the left are the departments of the
Schools of Arts and Sciences. Entering on the right
are the departments of School of
Workforce Development and the School of Student
Success and Retention. Please welcome the faculty
of Biological Sciences… Applied Technology… Automotive… the faculty from the
Education department. (orchestral music) The faculty from the
Business departments. (orchestral music) And faculty from the
English departments. (orchestral music) The Exercise Science
departments. (orchestral music) Computer Information
systems. (orchestral music) Criminal Justice
faculty. (cheering) (orchestral music) The Language and
Thought departments. (orchestral music) Welcome the faculty
of Mathematics. The Secchia Institute
for Culinary Education. (applause, cheering) (orchestral music) The Music faculty. (orchestral music) Dental faculty. (cheering) Manufacturing. Mechanical and
Architectural Design. The Physical Sciences. (orchestral music) The Nursing faculty. (cheering) Occupational
Therapy Assistant. (cheering) Radiologic Technology. (cheering) (orchestral music) Please welcome the faculty from
the Psychology department… and Social Sciences. (orchestral music) The faculty from the
Theater department. (orchestral music) Visual Arts
faculty…. as well as the Academic
Advising and Transfer Center, Counseling and
Career Development, Disability and Occupational
Support Services., TRiO Student
Support Services. (applause, cheering) Library, and the
tutor coordinators. (applause, cheering) (orchestral music) Entering at this
time is the dais for this evening’s
ceremony, the President of Grand Rapids
Community College, the Faculty Association
President… (applause, cheering) the Grand Rapids Community
College Board of Trustees, the Provost, the Vice President of
Workforce Development, the Dean of School
and Arts and Sciences, the Emeritus
Faculty recipient, the Distinguished
Alumni recipient, and the President
of Student Alliance. (“Pomp and Circumstance”) (orchestral music) If you’re still standing,
please be seated, and we’ll begin
the ceremony. (orchestral music)>>Good evening! I’ve never lost a group
before we started, so let’s see if we can get this
off to a good start tonight. I wanna
welcome you all to the 2017 Grand Rapids
Community College commencement, our institution’s
100th ceremony celebrating the accomplishments
of our graduates. You’re a
special group. (applause, cheering) Tonight, more than 400 students
will cross the stage to receive certificates
and degrees that encompass programs
of study from psychology to automotive
technology. You know, while much has
changed since GRCC was founded as the state of Michigan’s
first junior college in 1914. At that time, we had 49 students
studying topics from biology, to Latin, to
mathematics, but much remains the same
at this institution. We are committed to fostering
not only the academic growth and success of
our students, but their
success in life, and tonight, we will
celebrate those successes. In addition to recognizing
our students’ achievements, we will honor people who have
contributed to the college and to our
community. I also would like to
show our appreciation to assistant professor
Jared Staub, and the
Wind Ensemble, who will be providing
us with music throughout this
special evening. Thank you, Jared. (applause) It’s great to see so
many families, friends, and community members. Thank you for joining us in
saluting the accomplishments of our graduates. And now, if you would please
rise for the National Anthem, led 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)>>And now, if you would, please
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 create. Thank you. It’s a pleasure for me
to introduce to you our platform guests
for the evening. Please hold your applause
until each of the groups are introduced. First, our Board
of Trustees. Mr. David Koetje, Chairperson and retired
President and CEO of Christian Schools
International. If we would stand,
that would be great. Ms. Deb Bailey,
Vice Chairperson and Director of Global Corporate
Relations for Steelcase. Mrs. Cynthia Bristol,
Secretary, and retired Grand Rapids
Community College music faculty member. Dr. Richard Stewart,
trustee and retired professor from the Cornerstone
University. Mr. Bert Bleke,
trustee and retired Superintendent of
Grand Rapids Public Schools. Mr. Kenyatta Brame,
trustee and Executive Vice President and
Chief Administrative Officer for Cascade Engineering. Mrs. Kathleen Bruinsma,
trustee and attorney with
McShane and Bowie Law. Please join me in a warm welcome
for our Board of Trustees. (applause) Now, I present our
other guests on the stage. Mr. Laurie Chesley,
Provost and Executive Vice President for
Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Bill Pink,
Vice President for the School of
Workforce Development and the 10th President of
Grand Rapids Community College. (applause, cheering) Dr. Michael Vargo, Dean for the
School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Frank Connor, Psychology
department professor and Chair, and Faculty Association
President. Mr. José Garcia,
Student Alliance President. Dr. Joseph Hesse, 2017
Emeritus Faculty Award recipient and retired professor
of Physical Sciences. Retired Colonel
Dr. Scott Haraburda, 2017 Distinguished
Alumni Award recipient. Please give our
guests a warm welcome. (applause, cheering) (applause) It’s been my pleasure
for the last eight years to serve alongside
what I believe to be the most accomplished faculty,
staff, and administrators that I’ve ever
worked with. I would like them to stand
so we can recognize them and show them their
appreciation for what they did to
get you all here tonight. (applause, cheering) (applause)>>And we must recognize
the parents, family, and friends of
our graduates. Thank you for the support you
have given these fine students. Students, please give them
a hand of appreciation. (applause, cheering) Now, I would like to
welcome José Garcia, Student Alliance President,
to give tonight’s reflection. José? (applause)>>Good evening. Wow, we did it! We’re graduating! (applause, cheering) I’m so honored to stand
before you this evening to represent the
class of 2017, to reflect on the emotions
we’re feeling tonight– elation, joy,
maybe a sigh of relief, and possibly sadness as
the chapter on our time as students at Grand Rapids
Community College has neared
its end. We’ve worked so hard
to get to this point, all of us walking
through our own paths, through highs
and through lows. I know I’m proud to be walking
across this stage tonight, and you
should be, too. Did you know that we’re the
100th class of students to walk
this stage? Like thousands of
students before us, and the thousands that
are to come after us, take your GRCC experience
and build on it. Continue to be curious,
to learn and grow, and never be satisfied
with the status quo. Relish in the joy
of the evening. Celebrate with your friends
and with your family. This is our night. We own
this moment. (applause, cheering) (applause)>>Thank you, José. The evening is, indeed,
a time of celebration as each of our graduates have
traveled their own unique path that has brought them
to today’s ceremony. It is now my pleasure to
welcome to the– uh… (flustered)
ahhh… (laughing)
(audience laughing) There’s a reason
why I’m retiring. (all laughing) Board of Trustee’s Vice
Chairperson Ms. Deb Bailey to the podium
to recognize our Emeritus Faculty
Award recipient. (applause)>>On behalf of my
fellow trustees, our faculty and staff,
I would like to recognize the 2017 Faculty Emeritus Award
recipient, Dr. Joseph Hesse. Known for his
infectious enthusiasm, Dr. Hesse taught
chemistry at Grand Rapids Community
College for 28 years before retiring
in 2015. Teaching was a calling for him,
and he set high expectations for his classes, believing that all
students could learn under the right
circumstances. He worked tirelessly to create
the best learning situation for all of
his students. His passion also went
beyond the classroom. He mentored students with a
desire to go into teaching. He spent 15 years as
a faculty representative to the college’s
Foundation, during which time
he worked to start the Teachers of Tomorrow
scholarship. His work will continue to make
a positive impact on students for years to come. Please join me in
watching this tribute. (delicate ambient music)>>From my memories of
learning from Dr. Joe, I’d say he should be
Faculty for Life at GRCC. Because he knew a secret
about teaching students– that engagement
is everything, that once they’re engaged,
the learning comes easy, and he knows how to
ignite Coca-Cola on the first day to
anchor engagement.>>Joe was always trying
to push the envelope with new teaching
techniques. I remember as he started to
develop his hybrid courses, he would strap a little camera
to his head and do some labs, and he always worked
with new technologies and incorporated them into
the things that he did.>>Here’s some
aluminum. This is not
pure aluminum. You know, there are all sorts of
different kinds of aluminum.>>Joe taught physical
science to students that were going
into education or maybe not pursuing
a career in the sciences, and he really wanted them
to appreciate the science for what it was, and not necessarily because
it was their career choice.>>Dr. Joe pointed
me towards the Teachers of
Tomorrow scholarship when I was a student, struggling
through some of the challenges of balancing learning
with life, right? So he made me aware
of that scholarship. Its benefit was huge for my
accomplishments here at GRCC.>>Joe is definitely
someone who would deserve this Emeritus Award. He was always
student-focused, pushing the envelope
in terms of education, and his focus
was our students. (delicate ambient music) (applause)>>It is my great
pleasure to bestow the 2017 Faculty Emeritus Award
to Dr. Joseph Hesse. (applause)>>Thank you, dear.
(applause) That was very, very kind.
>>Wanna hang onto it?>>Oh, wow.
(applause) Thank you, Debbie. Thank you for
being my friend. Thank you for those
very kind words. I’m almost
speechless. Almost.
(audience laughing) I would like to extend
congratulations to Dr. Ender for being named
President Emeritus at Grand Rapids
Community College. I also wish to congratulate
the class of 2017 and their families,
the parents, the grandparents,
and the spouses. You don’t get to
a night like this without hard work
and sacrifice. Speaking of sacrifices,
I want to recognize and thank my wife Sheila for the support
and sacrifices she has made so I could pursue my
passion as a teacher. Throughout my career, Sheila
has given me a long leash when it comes to
my “latest project.” She has been my sounding board,
my cheerleader, and, perhaps most importantly,
my spell-checker. (audience laughing) A heart-felt thanks
to the nominating and selection
committee, the Physical Science
department, and my friends and
colleagues who wrote and spoke on
my behalf. I hardly recognize the
person in the video clip. Speaking of the video, I want
to thank Media Services for photoshopping my
entire teaching career into three minutes. (audience laughing) I teach. That’s what I do. Teaching
is my gift. I’ve spent my career helping
students appreciate the power of science– to describe,
explain, predict, and make sense of
their physical world. Those of my colleagues
who have participated in the Great
Teachers Seminar know that teaching
isn’t telling. It’s creating. It’s creating a physical
and mental environment for discovery. Good teaching is a continuous
journey and a craft that is never
mastered. I’m the kid that started
with a slide rule and a mimeograph
machine… and ended up on YouTube
with an i7 processor and the flux capacitor.
(audience chuckling) I thank my colleagues in the
Center for Teaching Excellence for giving me the tools
to teach differently and teach better. Early in my teaching career,
I discovered a kinship with community
college students. You students provided a
comfort level and acceptance that I have enjoyed, embraced,
and now treasured. It is you, the students,
that drew and kept me at Grand Rapids
Community College. So I thank you. I thank you for trusting me
with a piece of your future. I have been inspired
by your stories, challenged by
your questions, and awed by your
relentless dedication to improve your lives and
the lives of your families through education. On a personal note, to be named
Professor Emeritus for 2017 represents the capstone to a
career that started in 1970. I know the past
recipients of this award, and I’m honored,
humbled, and grateful to be counted
among them. To be recognized by
one’s colleagues, my peers,
the academy, for my efforts
to teach well is something
I cherish always. In conclusion… to my GRCC family
and to the 2017 graduates, I’d like to share a quote
from my favorite author, Nelson DeMille,
whose main character reflects upon an eventful trek
along the highway of life. I, like the character in the
book, have had a good run. “Journeys are almost
always circuitous, “and along the way, you
discover that the journey “is much more important
than the destination. “And the people you meet
become the companions “of your memory
forever.” Thank you, Grand Rapids
Community College. (applause) (audience chuckling) (applause)>>Now, please welcome Board of
Trustee member Mr. Bert Bleke, who will present the 2017
Distinguished Alumni Award. (applause)>>Good evening. On what have of my
fellow trustees, our faculty
and staff, I would like to honor a very
special alumnus this evening, retired Colonel
Dr. Scott Haraburda, an Army veteran,
engineer, and inventor. Retired Colonel Haraburda
received his Associate degree from Grand Rapids
Junior College in 1981. He served in the Army
from 1981 through 2010, including a 2007
deployment to Kuwait to correct logistic
problems in the war zone. He was awarded the
Legion of Merit and three Meritorious
Service Medals. As an inventor, he
made key contributions to the development
of heat exchangers and spacecraft
propulsion. He holds two US patents and has
seven patent requests pending.>>Yeah.
>>It’s pretty good. (applause) In fact, I bet he’s
the only person who has a patent on
the stage up here. He credits Grand
Rapids Junior College for providing him
an excellent foundation from which he could
grow and continue his professional
pursuits. Please join me in watching
this well-earned tribute. (brisk snare drums
playing)>>I came to JC here because
it allowed an opportunity for me as a
high school student to take classes
before I graduated. I tutored students here
in science and math, and while I was here, I even
enlisted into the Army Reserves to pay for some
of the classes. I enjoyed being in the lab
here, taking classes here, and blowing
things up, doing weird things
with chemicals. It was fun, and I
thought it would be fun to get a degree
in that. From there, I went onto
Central Michigan University. I earned a commission as
a Second Lieutenant upon graduation, and
went active duty. I must have done a good job
because, a few years later, I pinned on
Captain bars… and they sent me to West Point
to teach– guess what? Chemistry. I taught chemistry
to cadets at West Point, there at the
military academy. A few years later, I earned my
Master’s and Doctorate degree in Chemical
Engineering. While I was teaching
at West Point, the Berlin Wall came down
and we had won the Cold War. What did that
mean for me? I had to
find a job. So I left active duty
and took a job working for
Bayer Corporation, and then I took a job with
for General Electric. This opportunity popped
up to destroy weapons of mass destruction. I was able to get a job to
lead the technical efforts in getting rid of
that VX nerve agent. But while all that was
going on, my part-time job was as an Army officer
in the Reserves here. I got to go to Germany, and
trained with the German military on a German officer
exchange program. Towards the end of my
tenure as a Commander, I got to go
to Iraq. The thing I remember most
about that was I got to sit on Saddam Hussein’s
throne, which was a gift
from Yasser Arafat. Can you
imagine that? A hometown boy from
Grand Rapids, Michigan, sittin’ on the throne of
one of the worst dictators in the history
of the world? I couldn’t
imagine that. The teachers here instilled
a sense of community pride. I saw that from the
teachers and the staff when I was a student here,
and I took that to heart. One of the other
things I took from Grand Rapids
Community College, which I cherish
very much, was one of the
graduates here. My wife Marie graduated from
Grand Rapids Junior College back in 1990. I can attest that Grand
Rapids Community College gave me a strong
foundation of knowledge which helped me through
everything I’d done. (applause)>>It is my great
pleasure to bestow the 2017 Distinguished
Alumni Award to retired Colonel
Dr. Scott Haraburda. (applause)>>Hoo-ah! (audience laughing)
(applause)>>Short and
to the point. (audience laughing)>>At this time, the
Heritage Hill Quintet Student Jazz Combo will perform
“The Nearness of You” by Ned Washington
and Hoagy Carmichael. (“The Nearness of You”) (hushed jazzy
piano music)>>(soloist)
♪ It’s not the pale moon ♪ ♪ That excites me ♪ ♪ That thrills
and delights me ♪ ♪ Oh no ♪ ♪ It’s just the
nearness of you ♪ (hushed jazzy
piano music) ♪ It’s not the
sweet conversation ♪ ♪ That brings
these sensations ♪ ♪ Oh no ♪ ♪ It’s just the
nearness of you ♪ ♪ When you’re
in my arms ♪ ♪ And I feel
you so close ♪ ♪ To me ♪ ♪ All my wildest
dreams came true ♪ ♪ It’s not the soft lights
that enchant me ♪ ♪ If you only
grant me ♪ ♪ The right ♪ ♪ To hold you
ever so tight ♪ ♪ And make me feel
in the night ♪ ♪ The very
nearness of you ♪ (sultry jazz
saxophone solo) (applause) (jazz piano solo) ♪ I need no soft lights ♪ (applause)
♪ To enchant me ♪ ♪ If you’ll
only grant me ♪ ♪ The right ♪ ♪ To hold you
ever so tight ♪ ♪ And make me feel
in the night ♪ ♪ The very
nearness of you ♪ ♪ The very
nearness ♪ ♪ Of you ♪ ♪ The very
nearness of you ♪ (mellow jazz
saxophone solo) (applause)>>Tonight, we will
bestow an honor that has only been presented
to one other leader of Grand Rapids
Community College– the President
Emeritus Award. We will recognize an individual
who has made a remarkable impact on higher education during
his 40-plus-year career, Dr. Steven C. Ender. A distinguished leader,
writer, and speaker, this Richmond,
Virginia native, the college’s first president
without Grand Rapids or Michigan roots, has led
the college to new heights. Highlights of the
significant achievements and growth during
Dr. Ender’s tenure include the signing of
92 transfer agreements with four-year colleges
and universities, as well as area
high schools, receiving more than
$55 million in grants to support teaching
and learning, and raising $21 million
through the Foundation for capital
projects. It’s the desire of
the Board of Trustees that he carry with
him into retirement an honor befitting
his accomplishments, the prestigious Grand Rapids
Community College President
Emeritus Award. Please join me now in
watching this tribute. (bright inspiring music)>>I think his legacy
will be two-fold– academic rigor and
high-quality education. And it will also be
a strong student focus, always putting students
first in decision-making, always trying to
create environments that were worthy
of our students.>>He thinks
strategically. You know, “How
can I back up “and come at it
a different way?” And I think that just is
pervasive in his personality. He doesn’t
give up. He just is able
to step back and think from a
“big picture” standpoint and just comes right back at
it in a different direction.>>I really do believe
under his leadership that the perception of
the college has changed. Particularly given the need
for technical talent today, the way Steve
led the college really made the community
understand the critical nature of the Community College to
the health of the community.>>When he started
as president, over half of the
incoming students needed one or more
remedial classes. We’ve brought that
incidence down to 40%, 42%. That’s a legacy that he
should be very, very proud of.>>(with accent)
What I love the most
about Dr. Ender is the fact that
he’s involved. He’s involved in the
activities and the events. He’s involved in,
ultimately, the things that
concern this college. He believes
in his students. He believes in people
and us here in this college.>>He really wants these
students to succeed and do what they want to do and
be able to have the opportunity. You can see it
in his actions. There is just something
about his character that puts him over the
top of that normal, that you would see from
a college president.>>I always believe
that you leave a place better than
you found it, and it’s important to me,
in my professional life, to do just that. It’s nice for me to follow
someone who has done that. And I think that’s what
Steve Ender has done. (bright inspiring music) (applause)>>Dr. Ender, on behalf
of higher education this college community,
and the Board of Trustees, I’m honored
to present you with the prestigious
Presidential Emeritus Award. (applause, cheering)>>Thank you. So how could
this be? Here I am… 43 years of a
wonderful career. And as my last
professional duty, I get to address the
100th graduating class of Grand Rapids
Community College. (applause, cheering) (applause) And that is a
thrill and an honor. You never would
have predicted this. (chuckling)
Trust me. My father said I was a bad
financial risk for college. I had to figure
that out on my own. But my story is similar to
many of you in this room today. My grandparents
were immigrants. My maternal grandfather
came from Sicily, and he was a barber
for 60 years. My paternal grandfather
actually escaped Germany during World War I,
deserted from the German army, and found his ways
to the United States. And he was a baker
for 30 years. My dad would tell you,
if he were alive, he got through high school
by taking shop and required English. My mother left high school
at the age of 16 and earned a GED when
she was 43 years old. So how could
this be? And that’s what I thought about
tonight with my time with you. How could
this be? And what have
I learned? And what are the
characteristics that I believe as I look back at my
career and life, actually, that have been part of
bringing me to you tonight. And I want you to think
about yourself a bit as I talk about
seven topics very briefly. Number one lesson
in life for me, taught to me by my parents,
is that work is noble. I don’t care what
kind of work it is. Work is noble. And you need to learn to
appreciate the process of work as much as
the outcome. I have never met a
successful person in my life that was not
a hard worker. And what I love about this
characteristic, you know– I am never the smartest
bulb in the room, right? You can’t
control all that. You know, how you
got to where you are, there is lots of
evolutionary stuff there. But I tell you what you can
always be if you choose to? You can be the hardest
worker in the room. And I’m telling you hard work
is what discriminates between those that
reach for the stars and those that allow
themselves to fall short. Because I believe
we can all do that. Throughout my entire life,
again, taught at an early age, we were taught to
figure out a bit about what you want to
accomplish today, this week, this semester, this
first month on your job. I’m a big
goal-setter. And I’m so kind of
compulsive about it. Early in my career, I would
make lists all the time, and the first thing on
my list was “Make a list.” And then, when I made the list,
I’d cross off the first thing. It was like, “Okay,
I’m on my way!” You know?
(audience laughing) Progress… because you need
to see progress, right? And so, I have lived
a professional career through my goals. And sometimes,
others are involved with helping you
set those goals. Sometimes, you get to
set them on your own. But as graduates going out for
this next phase in your life, have some sense about what
you’re trying to do next. And what is wonderful about
goals is, as you achieve, like your achievement
tonight, that just makes
you feel stronger about your ability to climb
the next rung of life, whatever
that will be. And you’ll need
that strength because the other
thing I’ve learned… life is not a
linear path. Bad things can happen
to really good people. It’s life. It’s life, and we have some
choices when those events occur. We can figure out how
to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, how do I find another way to
navigate what this hurdle is in front of me, and so many
of these graduates know that. Because so many of you have
had amazing disruptions in your life. “Oops, guess what, I’m
going to have a baby. “Oh, well, maybe I have to
take next semester off. “I didn’t plan that
little bugger, “but I’m glad I’m
going to have a baby.” But life
has changed! So we have to
find a new way. And again, every time
that we adjust for those disruptions,
we grow, and we get stronger, and we have more
skill sets to take us to the next goal
that we set. But life is
not linear. So forget about
life being fair. Life is
not fair. Those that succeed
learn how to say that, and move
right along. Don’t dwell in the
unfairness of life. I learned– and I learned this
actually in graduate school– I can add to a group, and
a group can add to me. So I really
believe in teams. I believe in the collaboration
and synergy of people working together, and I believe it’s important
that you understand when you’re in those
groups and teams, “What’s my
role here?” There are times you’re
going to be the leader. If you’re a
strong leader, there are times you’re
gonna be the follower. And trying to figure
out what that role is, is everybody’s job. But at least you take it to that
group and be that role model. ‘Cause sometimes, people just
don’t like being followers, but you know, being a
follower is a good thing when you bring
skill sets that help the leader in the
group take that project forward. This world is all
about teams today. “It’s not about me,
it is about us.” And so, you need to be able
to work strong in a team. I’ll tell you something
that I learned earlier… is that your word and your trust
and your integrity… it’s hard to grab it
back if you lose it. It’s just hard to grab
it back if you lose it. And people want to work,
desperately at times. I think we seek out
people that we trust. And that’s a– to have
to really understand that that’s hard
to find at times says something about this
world we live in today. But I am telling you, if you’re
someone who can be described as “you can
trust her, “she does what she says
she’s going to do, “she will be honest and
transparent with you, “and she will work
like crazy.” If that’s how you’re
described, graduates, the sky is the limit,
from my perspective. The sky is the limit,
from my perspective. And then, finally–
and as I grow older, I find this to be
more profound for me, because you take these
things for granted. Family and friends
are to be cherished. There is not a person
in this room that doesn’t have a significant
other in their life that helped them reach
their goal tonight. Family and friends
are to be cherished. And not only the
immediate family, but the family
in your church. The family of your
neighborhood. The mothers at the preschool
that you’re helping them and they’re
helping you. It is about
relationships. And we’re getting further
and further away as people from real, authentic
human relationships. And there is so much
pleasure there. I can’t tell you how
proud I am of you. I have very high
expectations of you. You will not
let me down. You can describe yourself with
all those characteristics. You might think, “Well, I
need to work on that one “a little bit more,” but
you’re successful people. And you’ve found one thing
that you have to know as you move
through this life– education is a
lifetime pursuit. And the way things are changing
in the technology world, you’ve got to just keep
going and going and going. But stop and grab someone
and hug them, and say, “Oh, I’m glad that I
have you right now.” The 100th class. What an honor
for you. What a thrill
for you. We’re so
very proud. Congratulations. (applause) So now, the
really fun part. We are at that point
in tonight’s ceremony that you’ve all
been anticipating– the awarding of
your diplomas. (audience cheering)
Yes, it’s time! (audience cheering) On behalf of everyone on
this stage and the audience, I want to wish you the best
as you take your next steps, whether that’s onto a career
or continuing your studies, we will be proud to
call you “alumni.” Now, it’s the time for
each of you to shine as you take that big
walk across the stage. As we confer your
certificates and degrees, I will be assisted by
Chairperson Dave Koetje and other members of
the Board of Trustees. Presenting the candidates
for confirmation will be Provost Laurie Chesley,
Vice President Bill Pink, and Dean Mike Vargo. Before we begin, I’d like
to call your attention our students who are wearing
special cords and medallions and ribbons. Students wearing gold ribbons
and gold medallions are members of the
Delta Pi Alpha, who will graduate this evening
in the top 5% of their class. (applause, cheering) Students wearing the blue
ribbon with the medallion are members of Phi Theta Kappa
International Honor Society and have earned a grade point
average of 3.5 or greater. (applause, cheering) Students wearing
blue and gold cords are members of our
Honors program. Students wearing red,
white, and blue cords are being honored for their
service to our country. (applause, cheering) And students wearing
purple cords are members of the GRCC-Wyoming
Middle College program, a partnership between GRCC
and Wyoming Public Schools that allows
participating students to earn tonight a
high school diploma and an Associate
of Arts degree. Quite an accomplish. (applause, cheering) Now, please welcome
Provost Laurie Chesley, who will begin the conferring
of certificates and degrees. (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 introduce these
candidates this evening.>>Judi Fitzpatrick. (applause, cheering) Tessa Jaime Dearth. (applause, cheering) Kayla Tucker. (applause, cheering) Angelic Houston. (applause, cheering) Lilliana Duyck. (applause, cheering) Shehan W. Godamunne. (applause, cheering) Bailey Alexandra Cummings. (applause, cheering) Morgan Jean Brown. (applause, cheering) Nora P. Garcia. (applause, cheering) Giancarlo Hernandez. (applause, cheering) Ruben Resendiz. (applause, cheering) Erick Zain Hernandez Morales. (applause, cheering) Teresa Tran. (applause, cheering) Stacey Kae Melville. (applause, cheering) Mizgeen Abdulla Omar. (applause, cheering) Mary Ann Rienks. (applause, cheering) Jessica Jennean Blair. (applause) Julie E. Nowakowski. (applause) Susan Marie Streator. (applause, cheering) Christine Ann Everingham. (applause, cheering) Collin A. Lewis. (applause, cheering) Sister Anne Marie Cheikh. (applause, cheering) Kevin A. Curiel Vazquez. (applause, cheering) Graham D. Sniesak. (applause, cheering) Shavette Florine Burress. (applause, cheering) Avery Leigh Pawloski. (applause) April Lynn Shirey. (applause, cheering) Bridget Ann Neat. (applause) Danielle Rae Adrianse. (whistling) Kristen Kaye Tiffany. (applause, cheering) Temitayo M. Jemison. (applause, cheering) Pauline Ethilda McGregor. (applause, cheering) Johnathan Sergio Wade. (applause, cheering) Dreday Doss. (applause, cheering) Yuliana Alcauter. (applause, cheering) Alexia Jaileen Garcia. (applause, cheering) Samuel Cole Slaw. (applause) Yana Noel Muenzenmeyer. (applause, cheering) Emelyne Bukuru. (applause, cheering) Say Nway Aye. (applause) Ko Ko. (applause) Thanh Tuan Nguyen. (applause) Luz Stephania Martinez Gonzalez. (applause, cheering) Mercedes Applegate. (applause, cheering) Beth Ann Deglopper. (applause, cheering) Kelsi Elaine Emmorey. (applause, cheering) Brittany Marie Danner. (applause, cheering) Caitlin Jane Koster. (applause, cheering) Ashley R. Sikes. (applause, cheering) Alexis R. Melinn. (applause, cheering) Jacob Keith Ludwig. (applause) Chase Logan Dehaan. (applause) Mary Nelson. (audience laughing)
(applause) Michael G. Wolohan. (applause) Jacob J. Medley. (applause, cheering) Raul Alejandro
Gonzalez-Enriquez. (applause, cheering) Jordan M. Lovett. (applause, cheering) Mandy Marie Evans. (applause, cheering) Alexis Mari Chisholm. (applause, cheering) Imari J. Lamarr. (applause, cheering) Nygie U. Pegues. (applause, cheering) Joseph M. Castro IV. (applause) Soyla Lange. (applause, cheering) Isabel Vargas. (applause, cheering) Nancy Tumbarell. (applause, cheering) Brent Lee Burns. (applause, cheering) McKenzi Judith Wright. (applause, cheering) Maria Sulema Juarez. (applause, cheering) Stephanie Elizabeth Lamos. (applause, cheering) Madelyn Gabriel Ballard. (applause, cheering) Ellie Snyder.
>>Eli.>>Eli Snyder. (applause, cheering) Cody J. Dykstra. (applause) Sean P. Walker. (applause, cheering) Melonie L. Cooper. (applause, cheering) Ashley Nicole Miller. (applause) Tamika Denise Wallace. (applause, cheering) Getrude Mwende Muthiani. (applause, cheering) Toryanna Deyoung. (applause, cheering) Zoe R. Dieleman. (applause, cheering) Jawanza B. Evans. (applause, cheering) Derek Walker Minton. (applause, cheering) Jonathan M. Friedman. (applause, cheering) Elizabeth A. Gaunt. (applause) Jessica Verbeek. (applause, cheering) Kimberly Grace-Ann Curtis. (applause) Luke B. Martin. (applause, cheering) Stephany Leslie Mendez-Ortega. (applause, cheering) Ashleigh Vigh. (applause, cheering) Connor Dean Vanhoeven. (applause, cheering) Michael Maede. (applause, cheering) Jaime Jorge. (applause, cheering) Ricardo Terrones. (applause, cheering) Michael John Debruine. (applause, cheering) Tatum Tithof. (applause) Marky Talsma. (applause, cheering) Austin Neal Thompson. (applause) Christopher Hanson. (applause, cheering) Colton Bradburn. (applause, cheering) Jorie Lynn Schafer. (applause, cheering) Sydney VanDyk. (applause, cheering) Zariah Terry. (applause, cheering) Alexis L. Anderson. (applause, cheering) Alex J. Konwerski. (applause, cheering) Tory V. Olmetti. (applause, cheering) Sherrie L. Gillett. (applause, cheering) Shawna Marie Groendal. (applause, cheering) Nikole F. Lis. (applause, cheering) Hayley L. McNees. (applause, cheering) Cameron Duran Glenn. (applause, cheering) Charles Anthony Cooley, Jr. (applause, cheering) Sadie E. Maat. (applause, cheering) Michael William Davey. (applause, cheering) Madison Marie Fox. (applause, cheering) Kelsey Chandler. (applause, cheering) Taylor M. Alexander. (applause, cheering) Ashlen Marie McCoy. (applause, cheering) Aubrey Renee Kies. (applause, cheering) Tricia Morris. (applause, cheering) Dayna Rae Dunneback. (applause, cheering) Brandon Alexander Conner. (applause, cheering) Krystyne S. Medawis. (applause, cheering) Eric T. Freeman. (applause, cheering) Tashyra Trotter. (applause) Megan Ashley Dungy. (applause, cheering) Caleb Bernard Graveldinger. (applause, cheering) Colleen W. Hillard. (applause, cheering) Christopher Sanjurjo Montalvo. (applause, cheering) Maleah Rachelle Anaya. (applause, cheering) Andre Shepard. (applause, cheering) Jazzmyn R. Cruz. (applause, cheering) Tarah Jeane Young. (applause, cheering) Maria Isabel Gomez. (applause, cheering) Gaytha Diressa Gibbs. (applause, cheering) Hannah Elizabeth Ritsema. (applause, cheering) Kendra Shea Preston. (applause, cheering) Robyn Ray Stanley. (applause, cheering) Abigail Chuntao Dykstra. (applause, cheering) Katharine A. Barry. (applause) Taylor Morgan Kooy. (applause) Krista Michelle Schuhman. (applause, cheering) Sovana Rath. (applause, cheering) Yunuen Yadira Meza. (applause, cheering) Rose Elizabeth Muller-Trinh. (applause, cheering) Monica Acosta. (applause, cheering) D’Andre Shawon Pryor. (applause, cheering) Kanesha Pryor. (applause, cheering) Corey Robert Jost. (applause, cheering) Florence Bosscher. (applause, cheering) Joelle L. Williams. (applause, cheering) Kristyn Marie Miller. (applause, cheering) Sean Thomas Blake. (applause, cheering) Elba Rodriguez. (applause, cheering) Erendida E. Erazo-Alas. (applause, cheering) Anna M. Case. (applause, cheering) Hector Marin. (applause, cheering) Daniel Antonio Lopez. (applause, cheering) Selina Cristal Ruiz-Mendoza. (applause, cheering) Ariadna Ramirez Guerrero. (applause, cheering) Tamara Irma Monteon. (applause, cheering) Jhaleel S. Levi-Alford. (applause, cheering) Caitlyn E. Host. (applause, cheering) Aaron David Nelson. (applause, cheering) Avalon D. Cutts-Jones. (applause, cheering) Jeffrey Mark Flewellen. (applause, cheering) Kristen Lee Horn. (applause, cheering) Alison M. Friar. (applause, cheering) Ashley Paige Townsend. (applause) Scott MacDonald. (applause, cheering) Kieshary Morrison. (applause) Miriam G. Silva. (applause, cheering) Samuel M. Moffett. (applause, cheering) Rebekah Jolene Bacigalupo. (applause, cheering) Laura Lee Fidler. (applause, cheering) Germanie Myronecia Guyton. (applause, cheering) Teha Hamda. (applause, cheering) Michaela Maxine Munsee. (applause, cheering) Cesar Ayala. (applause, cheering) Natalie Najmy. (applause, cheering) Lussine Hosseini. (applause, cheering) Brandon Michael Carvey. (applause, cheering) Stephanie Joy Sally Carvey. (applause, cheering) Olivia Joy Wright. (applause, cheering) Clara Ruth Haddock. (applause, cheering) Kevin Duong. (applause, cheering) Vincent Ollmann. (applause, cheering) Michelle L. Heeren. (applause, cheering) Terra Nicole Shankin. (applause, cheering) Jennifer Lugo. (applause, cheering) Dalona Breann Jones. (applause, cheering) Madelyne June Johnson. (applause, cheering) Devon Fairman. (applause, cheering) Dominique Purnell. (applause, cheering) Carrie Ross. (applause, cheering) Eric A. Vanderstel. (applause, cheering) Jose Jairo Garcia. (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
of Workforce Development, will introduce these
candidates this evening. Lucecita Alfaro. (applause, cheering) Guilherme Sudbrack. (applause, cheering) Ericka L. Britton. (applause, cheering) Dennis Christopher Whitten. (applause, cheering) Mathew James Nielsen. (applause, cheering) Caitlin O’Grady. (applause, cheering) Tori Elizabeth Kosbar. (applause, cheering) Brook A. Wheeler. (applause, cheering) Mackenzie Paige Myers. (applause, cheering) Jose G. Meza. (applause, cheering) Getahun M. Asfaw. (applause, cheering) Matthew Scott Trebing. (applause, cheering) Justin Tyler Back. (applause, cheering) Damon Jamal McMurray. (applause, cheering) James Lane III. (applause, cheering) Kristian Currie. (applause, cheering) Neosha Debri. (applause, cheering) Amanda Hadd. (applause, cheering) Coty Michael Gamelin. (applause, cheering) John Henry Carver IV. (applause, cheering) Natalie Wempa. (applause, cheering) Molly Louise Dow. (applause, cheering) Kelly Janette Salgado. (applause, cheering) Marissa Lynn Mireles. (applause, cheering) Leoni Schmidt. (applause, cheering) Erin Leigh Finkler. (applause, cheering) Jennifer Burgess. (applause, cheering) Jonathan N. Cornell. (applause, cheering) Pamela Tanui. (applause, cheering) Josette Kurzhals. (applause, cheering) Alex Proctor. (applause, cheering) Krista Lyn Wiersema. (applause, cheering) Mary Katherine Meier. (applause, cheering) Marissa Ann Cisneros. (applause, cheering) Katlyn E. Ribant. (applause, cheering) Cheryl Ann Gregware. (applause, cheering) Ramesha Mohsini. (applause, cheering) Nicole Grinwis. (applause, cheering) Eugene Elkins. (applause, cheering) Whitney Joy Snyder. (applause, cheering) Katherine E. Bielecki. (applause, cheering) Rachel Marie Burian. (applause, cheering) Mayra Gracia. (applause, cheering) Maria Gracia.
>>Garcia.>>Garcia.
(applause, cheering) Kelsey Kay Schrock. (applause, cheering) Holly Cooper. (applause, cheering) Paula Renee Barlas. (applause, cheering) Michelle Latrice Alexander. (applause, cheering) Rietta Teresa Selles. (applause, cheering) An Diep. (applause, cheering) Abigail Gogulski. (applause, cheering) Ana Vandrunen. (applause, cheering) Jessica Jean Rothwell. (applause) Pau Suan. (applause, cheering) Andrew J. Korson. (applause, cheering) Gregory James Haven. (applause, cheering) Michael K. De Rooy. (applause, cheering) Jamie L. Chivis. (applause, cheering) Jeffrey Gilman. (applause, cheering) Nathan Lavire. (applause, cheering) Daniel B. Hicks. (applause, cheering) Fred G. Sheneman. (applause, cheering) Eva Vieyra. (applause, cheering) Jordon Thomas Meersma. (applause, cheering) Crystal Marvin. (applause, cheering) Jessica Ann Hurtado. (applause, cheering) Rebecca Peterman (applause, cheering) Dominick J. Flack. (applause, cheering) Ashley Symonds. (applause) Kingsley Amlalo. (applause, cheering) Cierra Tyler. (applause, cheering) Melissa Lakanen. (applause, cheering) Melissa Ann Klomparens. (applause, cheering) Marisa Fitzpatrick. (applause, cheering) Sophia Carmen Kragt. (applause, cheering) Alejandra Ledesma. (applause, cheering) Nicolle Holzgen. (applause, cheering) Megan Olivia Dame. (applause) Audrey Jo Bergquist. (applause, cheering) Lauren Cooper. (applause, cheering) Linda Joy Zimmerman. (applause, cheering) Olivia Burrous. (applause, cheering) Michelle L. Worden. (applause, cheering) Giniece Fleming. (applause, cheering) Melan Subba. (applause, cheering) Yamicel Hernandez. (applause, cheering) Robyn Kauffman. (applause, cheering) Tara Denhof. (applause, cheering) Federico Escobar. (applause, cheering) Krystal Nicolette Spach. (applause, cheering) Franklin Chanthala. (applause, cheering) Michael Gamble. (applause, cheering) Jamie Billings. (applause, cheering) Ebony Mikele Jones. (applause, cheering) Erica Villagomez. (applause, cheering) Angela Marie Mansfield. (applause, cheering) Catherine Hill. (applause, cheering) Jessica Lynn Shaffer. (applause) Taylor Marie Tyndall. (applause, cheering) Alissa Marie Echabarria. (applause, cheering) Scott Dykman. (applause, cheering) Nigel Joel Adkins. (applause, cheering) Alex Christopher Brown. (applause, cheering) Sydney Rae Zeien. (applause, cheering) Jamie Leigh Hammond. (applause, cheering) Kim Smith-DeMore. (applause, cheering) Omayra Rivera. (applause, cheering) Sahil Tandon. (applause, cheering) John Nguyen. (applause, cheering) Tabatha Fetic. (applause, cheering) Rebecca Walters. (applause, cheering) Sarah Mullennix. (applause, cheering) Kya Kosheba. (applause, cheering) Bobbi Jo Whitefield. (applause, cheering) Ashley Kuennen. (applause, cheering) Brooke Grasman. (applause, cheering) Cecilia Mendoza-Jeronimo. (applause, cheering) Gregory Kimbell. (applause, cheering) Moses Kiiza. (applause, cheering) Christoffer Ramirez. (applause) Nataliya Krychkivska. (applause, cheering) Taylor Alexa Raap. (applause, cheering) Conner James Patton. (applause) Trevor Harrison. (applause, cheering) Erica Clark. (applause, cheering) Jacob Alan Hazewinkel. (applause, cheering) Rena Curtis. (applause) Ryan Michael Hall. (applause) Phanie Bish. (applause, cheering) Jade Sledge. (applause, cheering) Shelbie Lynne Robinson. (applause, cheering) Allison Dieleman. (applause, cheering) Carlya Jo Potter. (applause, cheering) Brooke Elizabeth Woltjer. (applause, cheering) Michelle Marie Strapec. (applause, cheering) Shana Fifelski. (applause, cheering) Ashley N. Sandel. (applause, cheering) Tara L. Kramer. (applause, cheering) Kelsey French. (applause, cheering) Benard Kevin Opiyo. (applause, cheering) David Birr. (applause, cheering) Leah Vogelar. (applause, cheering) Tyler Knapp. (applause, cheering) John Soltysiak. (applause, cheering) Angela Sue DeYoung. (applause, cheering) Riley Nicole O’Brien. (applause, cheering) Abigail Nicole Kuiper. (applause, cheering) Emma Margaret Atwood. (applause, cheering) Nikaysha Marie Haight. (applause, cheering) Jaycee Lyn Wyrick. (applause, cheering) Cassandra Rose Bengel. (applause) Andrea Maribel Gonzalez. (applause, cheering) Courtney Nichole Kennedy. (applause, cheering) Olivia J. Gargagliano. (applause, cheering) Abby O’Brien. (applause) Molly Ruth Sheridan. (applause, cheering) Sarah Lynn Upton. (applause, cheering) Mckenzie Reddick. (applause, cheering) Emma Lou Morren. (applause, cheering) Lorin Rosendall. (applause, cheering) Craig Alan Babbitt. (applause, cheering) Eric J. Wyma. (applause, cheering) Heather Marie Flotka. (applause, cheering) Ryan Kooiman. (applause, cheering) Shane Morseau. (applause, cheering) Jenna Terese Linck. (applause) Grecia Rodriguez. (applause, cheering) Tammy Anne Vander Werf. (applause, cheering) Kori Boyd. (applause) Kornisha Johnson. (applause, cheering) Heather Murphey. (applause, cheering) Claire Marie Hilliard. (applause, cheering) John Roland Allaben. (applause, cheering) Sybil Lynn Wolfe. (applause, cheering) LoQuisha Beasley. (applause, cheering) Leann Hostetler. (applause, cheering) Khalila Carlton-Burnett. (applause) Cassandra Mitchell. (applause, cheering) Michelle Marie Hikade. (applause, cheering) Sherrelle Dominique Padron. (applause, cheering) Aaron David-Lynn Crowley. (applause, cheering) Matthew Rosekrans. (applause, cheering) James Collins. (applause, cheering) Peggy Brown. (applause, cheering) Lyndsey Ann Crumback. (applause, cheering) Robin Christine Burkett. (applause, cheering) Katelin Haynes Kendall. (applause, cheering) Gabriel Orduna. (applause, cheering) Danielle Rummelt. (applause, cheering) Richele Vanek. (applause, cheering) Jennifer Bianca Wade. (applause, cheering) Tara Stillson. (applause, cheering) Nicholas Chavez. (applause, cheering) Anthony Stuart Stutso. (applause, cheering) Amanda Renee Noffsinger. (applause, cheering) Dimi Dundalova. (applause, cheering) Kristen Marie Pratt. (applause, cheering) Hope Warren. (applause, cheering) Debra Lynn Wade-Mahoney. (applause, cheering) Leonard Francis Domina Jr. (applause, cheering) Ricardo Ponce-Suarez. (applause, cheering) Danny Terry III. (applause, cheering) Andres Barajas. (applause) Monse Velazquez Ramirez. (applause, cheering) Pacifique Zunguzungu. (applause, cheering) Bassam Adel Salha. (applause, cheering) Angelina Depew. (applause) Virginie Mbombo Tshiasuma. (applause, cheering) Kathy Ann Hicks. (applause, cheering) Kara Spicer. (applause, cheering) Joseph Feliciano
Velasquez-Pentler. (applause) Steffan Donalds Clark. (applause) Jason Dykgraaf. (applause, cheering) Andrea Ondras. (applause, cheering) Trenton VanBronkhorst. (applause, cheering) Trevor James Cole. (applause, cheering) Lauren Huyck. (applause) Bradley Kelly-Trombley. (applause, cheering) Ashley Ann Silva. (applause, cheering) Thomas Webster Stoneman. (applause, cheering) Zachia Redding. (applause, cheering) Danielle Renee Merritt. (applause, cheering) Jeremy Bennett. (applause, cheering) Willvanny Carina Polanco. (applause, cheering) Anahi Diaz. (applause, cheering) Karissa Anne Lansky. (applause, cheering) Tyler Day. (applause, cheering) Frederick Charles. (applause, cheering) Michelette Irene Richardson. (applause, cheering) Larry Phillips. (applause, cheering) Felicia Antionette Perry. (applause, cheering) Solangie Acosta Moreta. (applause) Michael Albert Lewis. (applause, cheering) Abriana Lasha Winters. (applause, cheering) Rochelle Lynn Saldana. (applause, cheering) (applause, cheering)>>Now, just wait,
just wait. Just wait.>>Graduation,
please stand.>>Graduates.
(applause, cheering) (applause, cheering) Now wait, now wait!
(applause, cheering) (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 Apply 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.>>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 rights, privileges, and responsibilities that come
with this accomplishment. You may now shift your
tassel from right to left. Ladies and gentlemen…
(applause, cheering) I proudly present to you
the 2017 graduating class of Grand Rapids
Community College! (applause, cheering) Graduates, please remain
standing for our Alma Mater, performed by
Alayna Maria Plews, accompanied by the
GRCC Wind Ensemble. Alayna. (orchestral music)>>(soloist)
♪ 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 arm ♪ ♪ To all who
wish to be ♪ ♪ Searchers for
that distant light ♪ ♪ The truth that
sets us free ♪ (orchestral music) ♪ Above a city
on a hill ♪ ♪ A river
winding through ♪ ♪ A college stands
with open doors ♪ ♪ Its colors
gold and blue ♪ (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) (applause)>>Now, if you’d
please be seated. We’re gonna get you all
out of here very safely. (chuckling) To conclude our
100th commencement, our faculty will
honor the graduates in a recessional
line-up as they exit to the Olivarez Plaza. We ask you to remain seated
while viewing the recessional on the screen
behind me. After all students have
exited the building, we invite you to
join your graduate, and our faculty,
on the Plaza. Graduates,
congratulations. Beautiful milestone,
a great accomplishment. We’re so proud to
call you GRCC alumni. Have a beautiful
evening, folks. Thank you.
(applause, cheering) (applause, cheering) (Vasilig Agapkin’s
“A Slavic Farewell”) (lively orchestral music) (applause, cheering) (lively orchestral music)
(applause, cheering)>>Whooo! (lively orchestral music)
(applause) (general chatter)
(applause) (light playful
orchestral music)>>Thank you! (applause)
(light playful orchestral music)