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May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Muskegon Community College’s 91st Commencement exercises will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in the L.C. Walker Arena, where 280 graduating students will participate in the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.
MCC Class of 1983 graduate Tracy Lyn Lamb, an award-winning executive director of NEWS, an organization providing domestic violence and sexual abuse services in California’s Napa Valley, is the 2019 MCC Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and will deliver the Commencement address.
Class of 2003 graduate Nicholas Strait, the director of Clinical Consolidation at Mercy Health in Muskegon, will receive the MCC Alumni Achievement Award, an honor recognizing extraordinary professional achievement by a recent MCC graduate.
MCC students Alana Tovar-Pineda and Maxwell Olmstead will deliver remarks on behalf of the Class of 2019.
The oldest of seven children growing up in Newaygo, Tovar-Pineda, an Early College-Newaygo County (ECNC) student, embraces the highest ideals of commitment, whether as a role model actively helping to raise her younger siblings or as a 3.7 GPA student balancing the demands of work and study. A member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Muskegon Community College, Alana volunteers weekly for Circles, a community program dedicated to ending poverty permanently in Newaygo County. She competes on the Greater Life Pentecostal Church’s Bible Quiz Team and has travelled to Africa on missions.
A natural-born leader, Olmstead knows from personal experience, including the tragic loss in December of his twin brother, Marcus, that conquering one’s own challenges is a vital part of learning how to guide others. He earned a Muskegon Promise Scholarship to attend MCC, where he is president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He has led both its Honors in Action and College Project’s outreach efforts. He is a lifeguard at MCC’s Lakeshore Fitness Center, a peer tutor in the MCC Tutoring Center, and participated in the College’s German Exchange Program with Kaufmännische Schule Stuttgart Nord in Stuttgart.
MCC President Dale K. Nesbary will give introductory and closing remarks. The invocation will be provided by Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Tracy Lyn Lamb. Diana Osborn, the chair of the MCC Board of Trustees, will offer the welcome and confer the degrees.
Gretchen Cline, who is retiring after 22 years on the English Department faculty, will be the mace bearer and lead the processional into and the recessional out of the arena. Interim Director of Nursing Chris E. Patterson will award the nursing pins. Irene Z. Church, a Business Department faculty member, will present Faculty Association Scholarships to Tammi Jo Modderman and Emily Huyser. Alumni Achievement Award recipient Nicholas Strait will present the Hadden Award to Madison Perry-Herrera and Jodi Prescott.
Providing music will be the MCC Wind Ensemble directed by Daniel M. Meyers, the MCC College Singers directed by Nicholas Palmer, and the Muskegon Regional Police Pipes and Drums.