Posted tagged ‘commencement’

Photos from GRADfest

April 5, 2017

On Tuesday,  we got to celebrate with over 300 students who will be participating in commencement. GRADfest is a one-stop shop event where graduates can get everything they need for commencement in one place, at one location. Next up – celebrating with them at commencement!

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Sponsor a grad!

April 3, 2017

For the past few years, we have asked for your help in meeting a couple of goals that were put in place for commencement. We wanted to increase the number of students that participated in the commencement ceremony, and we wanted to have faculty and staff sponsor 100 graduates by providing them a cap and gown. Thanks to many of you, we achieved both of those goals and we actually had a record number of graduates process last year at commencement.

Once again, this year, we want to make sure that every graduate that wants to participate is able to.  We know that many students have told us that they are not able to participate in the commencement ceremony due to the cost of the cap and gown. As an institution committed to the success of our students, commencement is our time to celebrate the greatest success of all with our students – COMPLETION! And, I can think of no better way to celebrate the individual success of our graduates than by removing this one final financial barrier for our students – $31 to purchase their cap and gown.

Know that our students are overwhelmed when they hear that a GRCC faculty or staff member’s donation made it possible for them to participate in this important life event, an event that for many of these students, is the first such event in the history of their family!

To follow is a student quote highlighting the impact of this gift for her last year:

I would like to first say thank you all for making graduation a blessing and fun! I would not have been able to walk with pride and joy on graduation day! I was actually hit by a car the week before graduation and all of the GRCC staff made me glad I came, they never once made me feel like a burden. I was only working part-time and did not have enough money for my cap and gown. The staff at GRCC helped me out with a cap and gown and I was able to return the gown for the next person. I felt truly blessed attending GRCC. Keep on doing an awesome job! Continue to let your staff keep blessing others like me! Thank you from the heart!” Earnette Wrancher, class of 2016.

And, here is a quote from a GRCC staff member highlighting why he gave to the Sponsor a Grad program last year:

I remembered how I felt when I walked across the stage when graduating from Thames Valley State Technical College with my A.S. many moons ago and it felt natural to help ensure graduates aren’t denied the same experience for want of enough money to obtain their cap and gown.Michael Passer, IT Enterprise Director

Please help us reward our students who have reached their graduation goals and participate in the Sponsor a Grad program today.

If you are interested in helping us, I ask that you commit to our Sponsor a Grad program – through your sponsorship, you agree to purchase a cap and gown for a graduate at the cost of $31 per set.

Know that there is no limit to the number of graduates you sponsor. You can make your donation by simply going online to make your payment. Or if you prefer, and would like to make a donation using a different payment method, you are welcome to contact the Foundation Office directly at x3939.

Thank you for all you do in support of our students and their success.

Cap and gown vouchers available

March 20, 2017

Commencement celebrates the academic accomplishment of our students, and to ensure each graduate has the opportunity to participate in commencement, a cap and gown voucher is available. Through the generous donations of faculty and staff, the Sponsor-A-Grad program guarantees that each graduate who cannot afford the cost of a cap and gown, receives one.

If you know of a student who is not participating because of the cost, please contact the Student Affairs Office.  The voucher can be mailed to the student, or sent to you, if you would like to personally give it to the student.

Cap and gown orders due Feb. 24

February 23, 2017

The GRCC Bookstore is accepting Cap and Gown orders (including custom stoles) for faculty and staff.

Please stop in the bookstore to place your order for Commencement 2017.

The deadline for all orders is February 24.

Cap and gown orders due Feb. 24

February 9, 2017

The GRCC Bookstore is accepting Cap and Gown orders (including custom stoles) for faculty and staff.

Please stop in the bookstore to place your order for Commencement 2017.

The deadline for all orders is February 24.

GRCC In the News, 6-13-16

June 13, 2016

People in the Law, June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016; Michigan Lawyers Weekly

… Honors

… Dirk C. Hoffius of Varnum LLP was named Grand Rapids Community College’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus.

How ‘Handshake’ is helping GRCC students, alumni secure jobs

June 10, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College recently launched a new career services tool named Handshake that allows students and employers to make a direct connection.

 

GRCC In the News, 6-6-16

June 6, 2016

Police release ID of man, 26, who shot himself outside downtown hospital

June 5, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Corbin Armock has been identified by Grand Rapids Police as the man who shot and killed himself Wednesday outside the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital emergency room.

… Police found Armock’s vehicle parked nearby in a parking ramp at Grand Rapids Community College, where he worked in the bookstore. A package was inside the car but a bomb squad determined it posed no threat.

Change Ups: Mary Free Bed to offer residency program

June 3, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Dirk Hoffius, a Varnum estate-planning attorney, has been named Grand Rapids Community College’s 2016 Distinguished Alumnus.

School liaison officers serve as role models

June 3, 2016; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — School resource or liaison officers are in many schools throughout Michigan, and there are at least three right here, in Ionia County.

… Not only is (Mike) Cronk a police officer, he is also a firefighter and a medical first responder. While growing up, his parents were on the fire department. He didn’t know what he wanted to be when he went to college, but he went to Grand Rapids Community College and soon joined their police academy and found that’s what he wanted to do. He has been with Ionia Public Safety for 18 years, the last three have been as a resource officer.

From can to pan? More like farm to table

June 3, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As Tim England was readying to start his job as executive chef at Beacon Hill at Eastgate, he wanted to avoid the stigma of bland senior living food from the open a can and dump it in a pan method.

… “Chef Tim and his culinary team at Beacon Hill have received this kind of recognition because it was well earned,” said Dan Gendler, program director at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. “You can always expect expertly prepared food there.”

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss Named Among ‘100 Most Influential Women in Michigan’

June 3, 2016; WGRD

Grand Rapids’ first female Mayor, Rosalynn Bliss, has been named one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “100 Most Influential Women,” Fox 17 reports.

… Recently Mayor Bliss spoke at the Grand Rapids Community College Class of 2016 graduation.

 

GRCC In the News, 5-9-16

May 9, 2016

Change Ups: Lockwood honored as Emeritus Faculty

May 6, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Professor Walter Lockwood was recently honored as Grand Rapids Community College’s 2016 Emeritus Faculty. Lockwood taught writing, film and literature from 1965 to 2001. In that span of time, his teaching helped shape generations of writers and analytical thinkers. Lockwood is the author of novels, stories, newspaper features, screenplays, musicals, documentaries and poetry, including his novel Jones Unbound, an HBO feature film “Finnegan, Begin Again,” and a PBS documentary “Dyslexia, the Hidden Disability.”

Single mom lives out her passion, opens restaurant in Kalamazoo

May 6, 2016; WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Merriam-Webster defines “supermom” as a woman who raises a child and takes care of a home, while also having a full-time job. Add fulfilling a fantasy to the list, and we’ve got a match!

… However, the journey to opening Jaddin’s Precious Soul Cafe in Kalamazoo wouldn’t be easy. She (Quatisa Franklin) knew how to cook, but didn’t have a degree. With three kids to watch, she juggled the daily grind of motherhood and going to Grand Rapids Community College.

State of the Schools: Sustain, Partner, Persevere

May 6, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org

Grand Rapids Public Schools – GRPS, MI   Throughout her recent State of the Schools speech, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal repeatedly referred to the GRPS way. And she repeatedly made it clear that in Grand Rapids, the way schools improve is by educators and community partners working together as a family.

… In her State of the Schools speech, Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal announced several new initiatives in Grand Rapids Public Schools.They include:

A Middle Years College Program with Grand Rapids Community College starting in 2017. Beginning with Ottawa Hills High School but eventually districtwide, GRPS students will be able to graduate with a high school diploma and as associate’s degree from GRCC in five years

Innovation Central, Montessori students enjoy fabulous ‘Great Gatsby’ prom

May 7, 2016;  MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Innovation Central and Montessori programs held a fabulous, joint “Great Gatsby”-themed prom Friday, May 6, at the Raider Grille on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College.

TABOR HILL’S “21-CLUB” VICTORY DANCE

May 6, 2016; moodyonthemarket.com (syndicated column)

When you’ve got the attention and admiration of the Tasters Guild International, you’re clearly doing something great. When you scoop up nearly two dozen medals from the Taster Guild International, you’re performing exceptionally well. Such is the case for the crew at Tabor Hill Winery where they recently emerged from rigorous competition with 21 medals for Tabor Hill wines.

Tasters Guild International is a “Wine & Food Appreciation Society” based in Grand Rapids with administrative offices in Washington, D.C.. They recently conducted their 29th Annual International Wine Judging held at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in Grand Rapids.

Celebration of life held for GRCC homicide victim

May 7, 2016; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – A celebration of life service for Jeanne Lyn Huntoon, who was killed on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last weekend, was held Saturday at Pat’s Roadhouse in Muskegon.

Relive the excitement from Commencement 2016

May 2, 2016

Visit the social wall (https://display.tagboard.com/tagboard/277250?dt=570fef3d4238b00700ae8c8e&layout=grid) to view many of the photos and comments graduates and their families posted on social media last Friday during Commencement.

GRCC In the News, 4-29-16

April 29, 2016

Wyoming teens earn diplomas and degrees from GRCC

April 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Twenty-nine Wyoming High School students involved in the Middle College program have something most teenagers don’t – an associate’s degree and a high school diploma.

7 communities picked for federal healthcare job program

April 28, 2016; Becker’s Hospital Review

The White House has chosen seven communities as pilot sites for its new Health Career Pathways program, a federal initiative aimed at expanding career pathways and connecting Americans to healthcare jobs, according to The Sacramento Bee.

… Here is what the seven communities have committed to, as stated by the White House.
In Grand Rapids and Muskegon, Mich., Mercy Health West Michigan, a regional health ministry of Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health, will interview all candidates that meet agreed-upon hiring agreements and are referred to them by the public workforce system, West Michigan Works, which will work with Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Montcalm Community Colleges, NAACP and Goodwill to find and train up to 300 people annually for healthcare professions.

Expanden programa universitario gratis para estudiantes en Grand Rapids

April 28, 2016; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH) — La Grand Rapids Community Foundation, una institución sin fines de lucro que se dedica, entre otras cosas, a la promoción de la educación universitaria en diversas escuelas públicas de Grand Rapids, anunció que expandirá su programa para que estudiantes que cursan sus estudios en la Union High School también califiquen para un programa de becas que patrocina dicha fundación.

Hasta el presente solo los estudiantes que estaban enrolados en las escuelas intermedias Harrison y Westwood y que terminaban sus estudios de high school en la Union eran los únicos beneficiarios de las becas. Con la expansión del programa cualquier estudiante que esté cursando estudios en la Union aunque no haya pasado por las escuelas antes señaladas, tendrá derecho a aplicar por las becas que ofrece la fundación. Comenzando con los graduandos de la clase del 2020, cualquier estudiante de la Union High School, que haya cursado los 4 años en dicha escuela y con promedio mínimo de grados de un 2.0 o mejor, será elegible a dos años de entrada gratis en el Community College de Grand Rapids.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN –The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated, among other things, to promoting higher education in various public schools in Grand Rapids, announced it will expand its program to students who are studying at Union High School to also qualify for a scholarship program sponsored by the foundation.

To date only students who were enrolled in middle schools and Harrison and Westwood and finished their high school studies in the Union were the only beneficiaries of the grants. With the expansion of the program any student who is studying at Union but has not passed through the aforementioned schools shall be entitled to apply for the scholarships offered by the foundation. Beginning with the graduating class of 2020, any student at Union High School, who has completed 4 years at the school and with minimum average grade of 2.0 or better, will be eligible for two years of free entry into the Community College of Grand Rapids.)

Northview senior Danielle Anderson finding happiness through softball

April 28, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Some people play sports because their friends do, some because they like it.

… “After school, I am planning on going to Grand Rapids Community College,” (Danielle) Anderson explained. “I hope to play softball there, but right now they don’t have a coach. I plan on going to college and playing softball. Most definitely in the future, I want to coach softball. I like helping people in general. Making people happy makes me happy.”

Grad Fest 2016

April 14, 2016

On Tuesday, April 12th, we hosted Grad Fest for our students who will be participating in GRCC’s commencement ceremony. Students were able to get their cap and gown, interact with several departments and receive information from them that is good to have as they leave our institution, and receive a gift from Alumni Relations. We saw 381 students that day, and know we will have even more students who plan to participate in commencement after this event. This event provides faculty and staff the opportunity to say congratulations to our students on this significant milestone in their lives!

We also were able to capture student stories on video that day. Please take a minute to watch this video to see what graduating student, Earnette Wracncher, says about her experience and the role we have all played in her education journey here at GRCC. This is why we do what we do!

Thank you to all the volunteers that helped make this event so successful again this year!

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Sponsor a grad!

April 11, 2016

As you may know, last year as part of our 100th anniversary, we asked for your help in meeting a couple of goals that were put in place for commencement. We wanted to increase the number of students who participated in the commencement ceremony, and we wanted to have faculty and staff sponsor 100 graduates by providing them a cap and gown. Thanks to many of you, we achieved both of those goals, and we actually had a record number of graduates process at the Van Andel Arena.

Once again, this year, we are looking to have a record number of students process at the Van Andel arena, and we know that many students have told us that they are not able to participate in the commencement ceremony due to the cost of the cap and gown. As an institution committed to the success of our students, commencement is our time to celebrate the greatest success of all with our students – COMPLETION! And there might be no better way to celebrate the individual success of our graduates than by removing this one final financial barrier – $31 to purchase their cap and gown.

Know that our students are overwhelmed when they hear that a GRCC faculty or staff member’s donation made it possible for them to participate in this important life event, one that for many of these students, is the first such event in the history of their family!

One student shared the impact of this gift for her last year:

“Many students, including myself, were provided gowns through the GRCC Foundation.  This program proves that GRCC really cares about the students, from orientation to graduation.  Thank you, GRCC!” — Arielle Brown, class of 2015.

A GRCC staff member shares why he gave to the Sponsor a Grad program last year:

“We, as employees, are here because of our students.  Supporting the cap and gown program is a small way for us to ensure all students have the chance to participate in graduation after all their hard work.” — Dan Guajardo from the GRCC Mail Room.

Please help us reward our students who have reached their graduation goals and participate in the Sponsor a Grad program today.

If you are interested in helping, please commit to the Sponsor a Grad program – through your sponsorship, you agree to purchase a cap and gown for a graduate at the cost of $31 per set.

Know that there is no limit to the number of graduates you can sponsor. You can make your donation by simply going online to make your payment and selecting “Sponsor a Grad” as the scholarship fund for which you would like to make donation. Or if you prefer, and would like to make a donation using a different payment method, you are welcome to contact the Foundation Office directly at x3939.

Thank you for all you do in support of our students and their success.

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Join the celebration by sponsoring a grad!

March 28, 2016

As you may know, last year as part of our 100th anniversary, we asked for your help in meeting a couple of goals that were put in place for commencement. We wanted to increase the number of students who participated in the commencement ceremony, and we wanted to have faculty and staff sponsor 100 graduates by providing them a cap and gown. Thanks to many of you, we achieved both of those goals, and we actually had a record number of graduates process at the Van Andel Arena.

Once again, this year, we are looking to have a record number of students process at the Van Andel arena, and we know that many students have told us that they are not able to participate in the commencement ceremony due to the cost of the cap and gown. As an institution committed to the success of our students, commencement is our time to celebrate the greatest success of all with our students – COMPLETION! And there might be no better way to celebrate the individual success of our graduates than by removing this one final financial barrier – $31 to purchase their cap and gown.

Know that our students are overwhelmed when they hear that a GRCC faculty or staff member’s donation made it possible for them to participate in this important life event, one that for many of these students, is the first such event in the history of their family!

One student shared the impact of this gift for her last year:

“Many students, including myself, were provided gowns through the GRCC Foundation.  This program proves that GRCC really cares about the students, from orientation to graduation.  Thank you, GRCC!” — Arielle Brown, class of 2015.

A GRCC staff member shares why he gave to the Sponsor a Grad program last year:

“We, as employees, are here because of our students.  Supporting the cap and gown program is a small way for us to ensure all students have the chance to participate in graduation after all their hard work.” — Dan Guajardo from the GRCC Mail Room.

Please help us reward our students who have reached their graduation goals and participate in the Sponsor a Grad program today.

If you are interested in helping, please commit to the Sponsor a Grad program – through your sponsorship, you agree to purchase a cap and gown for a graduate at the cost of $31 per set.

Know that there is no limit to the number of graduates you can sponsor. You can make your donation by simply going online to make your payment and selecting “Sponsor a Grad” as the scholarship fund for which you would like to make donation. Or if you prefer, and would like to make a donation using a different payment method, you are welcome to contact the Foundation Office directly at x3939.

Thank you for all you do in support of our students and their success.

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Cap and gown orders for staff, faculty due Friday

February 25, 2016

The GRCC Bookstore is taking orders for caps and gowns for staff and faculty through February 26th. If you are in need of any commencement regalia please stop in the bookstore and fill out the form to order yours today! Due to turnaround time and production needs, all orders and prepayments must be in by February 26, 2016 to be ready in time for the April GRCC Commencement ceremony.

Cap and gown orders due Friday

February 24, 2016

The GRCC Bookstore is taking orders for caps and gowns for staff and faculty through February 26th. If you are in need of any commencement regalia please stop in the bookstore and fill out the form to order yours today! Due to turnaround time and production needs, all orders and prepayments must be in by February 26, 2016 to be ready in time for the April GRCC Commencement ceremony.