2019 graduates reach for the stars
By Shauna Stocken
Editor in Chief
Since its founding year in 1957, LCC has been committed to student academic success. The college held its 61st commencement ceremony this spring.
Over the past 11 years, LCC President Dr. Brent Knight has overseen the college’s goals and watched thousands of students graduate.
“I think this is great,” said Knight, commenting on the number of graduates this spring. “It’s a great celebration for the college and for the community.”
A total of 453 students walked in the 2019 commencement, held at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University on Thursday, May 9. There were a total of 2,549 graduates this academic year.
The commencement ceremony honored students from fall 2018 to spring 2019 semesters who have earned either a certificate or an associate degree in a plethora of fields.
“You earned your degree, and you should get recognition, and be proud and celebrate,” Knight said.
One graduate with plenty to celebrate is Mercedes Mosher, 27, who earned her general associate degree with honors: Cum Lauda and Phi Theta Kappa.
“I’m grateful for LCC because I didn’t do very well my senior year of high school,” Mosher said. “It kept me from getting into universities of my choice at that time, but LCC helped me grow and prepare myself for the future.”
Mosher said her future plans include transferring to the University of Michigan upon completing LCC’s two-year Dental Hygiene Program, which she is awaiting acceptance from in June.
Dr. Robert L. Green addressed the graduates with a speech on social justice and education in America, and how the two go hand in hand.
Green holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology from MSU, He worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from 1965 to 1967 in addition to many other prestigious accomplishments.
“(Dr. Green) made me realize even more just how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to expand my education,” Mosher said. “Especially being a part of minorities who didn’t have the opportunities many of us have today, thanks to those who sacrificed so much.”
LCC graduate Brandon Remy, 22, walked in the spring commencements after attending the college for three years; learning about a career as a digital media specialist.
“I was prepared through the instructors; they were all really good, and they all gave you really good guidance,” Remy said. “You’re hands-on right away, which is something nice compared to other schools. You’re able to learn faster.”
Remy said his next step is to find a job in the video production field and to see where that will take him.
“Graduation is just like another stepping stone in life to keep me moving,” Remy said. “It was a big thing to say I walked, just to say that I did it. To know that I got to walk is like, I’m showing myself that I did it and put in all the hard work.”