GRCC In the News, 4-15-13

Suzanne Walsh, of the Gates Foundation, to speak at GRCC’s commencement ceremony

April 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Suzanne Walsh, a higher education specialist at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the featured speaker at Grand Rapids Community College’s commencement ceremony on May 3.

2nd annual 5k run, walk honoring Eric Zapata set for April 20 at KVCC

April 12, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — A 5K run/walk to honor slain Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata will be held April 20 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

… The run, established by the EZ Memorial Foundation, honors Zapata’s legacy and benefits a scholarship fund for students enrolling in law enforcement programs at KVCC and Grand Rapids Community College.

SAU Tennis suffer loss to Grand Valley, defeat GRCC in Round Robin format

April 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The men’s tennis team played a round robin style tournament with Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday and lost to GVSU 8-1 and defeated GRCC 8-1.

Lourdes Finishes Seventh at Siena Heights Invitational

April 14, 2013; ABC 13

Lourdes University’s men’s golf team opened the 2013 season on a cold afternoon at the Siena Heights Spring Invitational on Friday, finishing in seventh place in the event that took place at Hantz Golf Club in Tecumseh, Mich.

… Korey Roberts of Grand Rapids Community College was the individual medalist, shooting a two-over par round of 74, three strokes ahead of Northwestern Ohio’s Keith Long.

Tickets will be required for our commencement ceremony April 29

Changes in the fieldhouse layout, not to mention our climbing enrollment, dictate that we provide tickets to each graduating student who will be “walking” this year. The exact number of tickets has not been decided, but it will likely be 5 or 6. On top of that, graduates will receive a quantity of tickets for our overflow seating at Fountain Street Church where a live video feed will be seen. Tickets will be distributed along with caps and gowns at Gradfest – also a first this year – where students can get all their graduation materials and instructions in one spot on April 19.

It Takes a Village to Pull off the Graduation Procession

No graduate is left alone to find his or her precise spot in the long blue line during the hour before commencement begins. Volunteers are at every turn and at the head of every section. The grads and their leaders can be seen laughing and getting every last hair and button in place. Then the volunteers escort their groups right up to the fieldhouse door. Some of these GRCC folks have been volunteers for years in a row, like Cathy Wilson, Diane Patrick; Chris Arnold, Jill Nutt (shown here) …the list goes on.

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Communications caught several more of these volunteers in action.   Click here for a photo gallery.