WCC News: Graduation

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Nursing graduates honored at pinning ceremony

Rich Rezler - December 19, 2023

The Fall 2023 graduates of the WCC Nursing program participated in a pinning ceremony, a time-honored tradition dating back to the 1880s that represents an initiation into the profession.

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tags: Graduation, Class of 2023, Student Succes, Nursing, Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

Fall 2023 Corrections Academy graduation

Celebrating the Fall 2023 WCC Corrections Academy graduates

Rich Rezler - October 28, 2023

Family, friends and colleagues gathered in Towsley Auditorium on the WCC campus to celebrate the graduation of the 14-member WCC Corrections Academy Fall Class of 2023.

View Post :   Celebrating the Fall 2023 WCC Corrections Academy graduates

tags: Graduation, Public Service Training, Class of 2023, Correctons Academy

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WCC Police Academy celebrates 36-member graduating class

Rich Rezler - September 09, 2023

An estimated 500 guests filled the 2|42 Community Church in Ann Arbor to celebrate the 36-member graduating class of the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy on Friday, including more than 100 current and retired law enforcement professionals who formed a long greeting line and, one-by-one, welcomed every graduate into the field after they received their certificate.

View Post :   WCC Police Academy celebrates 36-member graduating class

tags: Class of 2023, Graduation, Police Academy, Public Service Training

UA Industry Day 2023

Certificates, associate degrees highlight annual UA training week

Fran LeFort - August 18, 2023

More than 200 members of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices (UA) of the plumbing and pipefitting industry in the United States and Canada earned certificates and associate degrees on Thursday, highlighting a week of training at Washtenaw Community College.

View Post :   Certificates, associate degrees highlight annual UA training week

tags: Graduation, United Association, Skilled Trades, Plumbers and Pipefitters

Radiography Class of 2023

WCC Radiography graduates celebrate with pinning ceremony

Rich Rezler - June 10, 2023

Graduates of the Washtenaw Community College Radiography program were honored at a pinning ceremony, which welcomes them to the profession, on June 10 at Towsley Auditorium.

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tags: Graduation, Radiography, Student Success, Class of 2023, Pinning Ceremony

De'ja Moon

Graduate Profile: De'ja Moon, Radiography

Rich Rezler - June 09, 2023

After 10 years in the healthcare field, De'ja Moon found her passion in radiography.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: De'ja Moon, Radiography

tags: Radiography, Student Profile, Graduation, Class of 2023

Karl Owen

Graduate Profile: Karl Owen, Pre-Engineering Science

Rich Rezler - June 01, 2023

A native of San Jose, Karl Owen came to WCC to capitalize on its transfer relationship with the University of Michigan. And he has no plans to leave the state any time soon.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Karl Owen, Pre-Engineering Science

tags: June 2023, Graduation, STEM Scholars Program, Student Profile, Pre-Engineering, Class of 2023, On The Record

Saydatou Cisse

Graduate Profile: Saydatou Cisse, Sports and Entertainment Management

Rich Rezler - May 30, 2023

Sports have always played a major role in Saydatou Cisse's life. While she attended WCC, she realized sports could extend beyond recreation and entertainment to become a career.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Saydatou Cisse, Sports and Entertainment Management

tags: Student Profile, June 2023, On The Record, Class of 2023, General Studies, Graduation, Sports and Entertainment Management, Sports

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Graduate Profile: Adrian Barden, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Rich Rezler - May 25, 2023

Graduation doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve reached the end of your higher education pursuits. For Adrian Barden, joining the Washtenaw Community College Class of 2023 is just one stop along a much longer journey.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Adrian Barden, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

tags: Graduation, Class of 2023, Business Administration, On The Record, Student Profile, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, June 2023

Lauren Blackford

Graduate Profile: Lauren Blackford, Arts Management

Rich Rezler - May 23, 2023

Lauren Blackford played her first gig in September 2020, the same week she started classes at WCC. One week after completing her final WCC class in early May 2023, she was in a studio recording on her first EP.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Lauren Blackford, Arts Management

tags: liberal arts, Graduation, On The Record, Student Profile, June 2023, Arts Management

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Graduate Profile: Susan Hamady, Photography

Rich Rezler - May 23, 2023

Susan Hamady earned a bachelor’s degree in 1968 and a master’s degree in 1980. But the 76-year-old Ann Arbor resident had never walked in a graduation ceremony … until Sunday.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Susan Hamady, Photography

tags: Photography, Emeritus Program, Graduation, Digital Photography, Student Profile, On The Record, Class of 2023, June 2023

commencement caps

More than 2,500 degrees and certificates to be awarded at 2023 commencement

Kayla Gahagan - May 18, 2023

Washtenaw Community College (WCC) will award more than 2,500 degrees and certificates during its commencement ceremony on Saturday.

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tags: Associate Degree, Certificates, Commencement, Graduation

Nursing Pinning Ceremony

WCC kicks off graduation season with Winter 2023 Nursing Pinning Ceremony

Rich Rezler - April 28, 2023

Friends and family gathered in Towsley Auditorium to celebrate the 66-member graduating class of Washtenaw Community College nursing program.

View Post :   WCC kicks off graduation season with Winter 2023 Nursing Pinning Ceremony

tags: Class of 2023, Pinning Ceremony, Graduation, Nursing, Student Success, Men in Nursing

STEM Scholar Transfer event

WCC celebrates STEM Scholars moving on to four-year universities

Kayla Gahagan - April 22, 2023

WCC directed the spotlight at a cohort of students this week, celebrating their success at the college and the next steps in their academic journey.

View Post :   WCC celebrates STEM Scholars moving on to four-year universities

tags: Student Success, Class of 2023, Transfer, STEM Scholars Program, Graduation

Nursing F22 Graduates

Fall '22 nursing graduates celebrated at pinning ceremony

Rich Rezler - December 16, 2022

Friends and family of the 46-member Fall 2022 graduating class of the WCC nursing program gathered in Towsley Auditorium for a pinning ceremony, a time-honored tradition dating back to the 1880s that represents an initiation into the profession.

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tags: Student Success, Graduation, Class of 2022, Nursing

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WCC Corrections Academy celebrates Fall 2022 graduates

Rich Rezler - November 05, 2022

Family and friends gathered on the Washtenaw Community College campus Friday to celebrate the graduation of the 11-member WCC Corrections Academy Fall 2022 class.

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tags: Correctons Academy, Graduation, On The Record, Public Service Training, December 2022

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WCC Police Academy honors 41 graduates, its largest ever class

Rich Rezler - October 01, 2022

The largest group of recruits in the history of the WCC Police Academy celebrated its graduation, culminating with 36 members of the 41-person Class of 2022 receiving their badge from the law enforcement departments where they’ll start their career.

View Post :   WCC Police Academy honors 41 graduates, its largest ever class

tags: Class of 2022, Advanced Technologies and Public Services Careers, Graduation, Police Academy

UA member receives diploma

WCC adds 47 new alumni to its ranks through United Association partnership

Fran LeFort - August 19, 2022

It’s been a couple decades coming, but Carlos Rivera’s winding path to college graduation makes his new achievement all the sweeter.

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tags: September 2022, United Association, Graduation, Alumni, On The Record

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Adult Transitions Pathways celebrates 141-member graduating class

Rich Rezler - July 15, 2022

“Before this program, I had zero hope for myself being successful. I dropped out my senior year of high school and that made me feel like I failed my family and I failed myself,” student speaker Jaden Dudley said. “But now we’re going to walk out of here with smiles wide and caps held high … because we’re graduates, baby!”

View Post :   Adult Transitions Pathways celebrates 141-member graduating class

tags: Adult Transitions Pathways, Graduation, Class of 2022, On The Record, September 2022

Radiography Class of 2022

WCC Radiography program celebrates its graduates with pinning ceremony

Rich Rezler - June 13, 2022

The graduation season at Washtenaw Community College continued on Sunday when 20 members of the college’s Radiography program participated in a pinning ceremony.

View Post :   WCC Radiography program celebrates its graduates with pinning ceremony

tags: Radiography, Graduation, Class of 2022

Kimberly Schamberger

Graduate Profile: Kimberly Schamberger, Film Studies

Rich Rezler - May 25, 2022

Before she hits the stage at the Oscars or Emmys, Kimberly Schamberger already has one impressive award in her back pocket.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Kimberly Schamberger, Film Studies

tags: June 2022, On The Record, Graduation, Student Profile, Commencement, Class of 2022

Caleb Rogers in cap and gown

Graduate Profile: Caleb Rogers, Welding

Rich Rezler - May 25, 2022

Twenty college credits Caleb Rogers earned as a dual-enrolled high school student allowed him to finish WCC’s Welding Technology associate degree program in just one year.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Caleb Rogers, Welding

tags: June 2022, Commencement, On The Record, Student Profile, Class of 2022, Graduation

Austin Mudd with family

Graduate Profile: Austin Mudd, Mechatronics

Rich Rezler - May 24, 2022

Plenty of individuals hang their hat on the ability to do a job fast and do it right. Recent graduate Austin Mudd took that “fast and right” concept and upgraded it to “accelerated and exceptional.”

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Austin Mudd, Mechatronics

tags: Class of 2022, Commencement, June 2022, On The Record, Student Profile, Graduation

Ta'Varus Lumpkins holding cap

Graduate Profile: Ta'Varus Lumpkin, Dental Assisting

Rich Rezler - May 24, 2022

Extravagantly decorated caps are always a highlight at Commencement, but few have stood out quite like Ta'Varus Lumpkins' cap stood out.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Ta'Varus Lumpkin, Dental Assisting

tags: Student Profile, Commencement, June 2022, Graduation, Class of 2022, On The Record

Daria Skalitzky

Graduate Profile: Daria Skalitzky, WTMC

Rich Rezler - May 24, 2022

Darie Skalitzky ended her time on the WCC campus with a high school diploma, associate degree, 62 transferrable college credits and a $1,500 scholarship she'll use at the University of Michigan.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Daria Skalitzky, WTMC

tags: On The Record, Class of 2022, Graduation, Student Profile, Commencement, June 2022

Bianca Robinson

Graduate Profile: Bianca Robinson, Nursing

Rich Rezler - May 24, 2022

Many WCC students returned to college to make a career change. Bianca Robinson has cycled through an interesting series of career choices herself, all before completing her education.

View Post :   Graduate Profile: Bianca Robinson, Nursing

tags: June 2022, Class of 2022, Graduation, Student Profile, Commencement, On The Record

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Faculty speaker: Adversity experienced at WCC will serve grads well in the future

Freeman Gregory - May 23, 2022

During her Commencement address, faculty speaker Susan Dentel reminded WCC graduates that they are already grizzled veterans when it comes to surmounting adversity.

View Post :   Faculty speaker: Adversity experienced at WCC will serve grads well in the future

tags: Commencement, On The Record, Graduation, STEM Scholars Program, Class of 2022, June 2022

Caelan Saunders

Student speaker encourages fellow grads to brighten lives

Freeman Gregory - May 23, 2022

“If there is any power we have as people, it is the power to change what is around us," Commencement student speaker Caelan Saunders said. “As educated people, we see the problems before us. We see that it can be better.”

View Post :   Student speaker encourages fellow grads to brighten lives

tags: Graduation, On The Record, June 2022, Commencement, Class of 2022

Paul Krutko receiving award

Commencement speaker urges new grads to stay local

Fran LeFort - May 23, 2022

Ann Arbor SPARK President & CEO Paul Krutko, this year's Honorary Associate Degree in Community Service recipient, commends WCC graduates for their perseverance.

View Post :   Commencement speaker urges new grads to stay local

tags: Commencement, Awards, June 2022, Graduation, On The Record, Class of 2022

Alex Milshteyn at Commencement

Help Class of 2022 'pay it forward' with donation to WCC Foundation

Rich Rezler - May 22, 2022

A $20.22 donation to the WCC Foundation Scholarship Fund "will help change lives," incoming chair Alex Milshteyn told graduates and their guests at Commencement.

View Post :   Help Class of 2022 'pay it forward' with donation to WCC Foundation

tags: June 2022, Graduation, Commencement, On The Record, Class of 2022, WCC Foundation

Commencement Ceremony

WCC returns to in-person commencement, will award nearly 2,000 degrees and certificates

Fran LeFort - May 18, 2022

After hosting a virtual graduation salute in 2020 and a drive-through parade in 2021, WCC's traditional Commencement Ceremony returns in 2022.

View Post :   WCC returns to in-person commencement, will award nearly 2,000 degrees and certificates

tags: Graduation, Commencement, Class of 2022

Pinning ceremony

Nursing graduates: 'We are all resilient'

Rich Rezler - April 29, 2022

The 69 graduating members of the WCC nursing program took part in the traditional pinning ceremony

View Post :   Nursing graduates: 'We are all resilient'

tags: Class of 2022, Student Success, Nursing, Graduation

WCC Police Academy graduating class

WCC Police Academy celebrates its Class of 2021 at graduation ceremony

Rich Rezler - September 11, 2021

Family, friends and local law enforcement members gathered in Towsley Auditorium to celebrate the 18-member Washtenaw Community College Police Academy’s Class of 2021.

View Post :   WCC Police Academy celebrates its Class of 2021 at graduation ceremony

tags: Graduation, Awards, Advanced Technologies and Public Services Careers, Police Academy

Commencement Parade

Meet graduates at WCC's first Commencement Parade and Celebration

Rich Rezler - May 22, 2021

Spend any time around Washtenaw Community College students and you're bound to meet interesting people and hear compelling stories. Here are just a few we gathered at the college's Commencement Parade & Celebration.

View Post :   Meet graduates at WCC's first Commencement Parade and Celebration

tags: Class of 2021, Commencement Parade, Student Profile, Graduation, ousearch_News_2021

Abdul Kizito

WCC academic 'stars' recognized at Honors Convocation

Rich Rezler - May 21, 2021

The WCC Spring 2021 Virtual Honors Convocation honored 507 high honors and honors graduate candidates in the Class of 2021 and 780 additional students who earned high honors during the Winter 2021 semester.

View Post :   WCC academic 'stars' recognized at Honors Convocation

tags: ousearch_News_2021, Student Success, Graduation, Honors Convocation, Class of 2021

Mortarboard with 2021

On-campus parade highlights WCC plans to honor graduates

Fran LeFort - May 17, 2021

Washtenaw Community College will honor 1,578 new graduates during a three-day slate of commencement activities capped by a first-ever on-campus parade and celebration.

View Post :   On-campus parade highlights WCC plans to honor graduates

tags: Commencement, Honors Convocation, Class of 2021, ousearch_News_2021, Graduation

Graduate on stage

Surgical Technology, Sterile Processing programs host pinning ceremonies

Rich Rezler - May 08, 2021

The WCC Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing programs' graduates were socially distanced across Towsley Auditorium while friends and family watched a live stream of their pinning ceremony from home.

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tags: Health Sciences, Graduation, Surgical Technology, Sterile Processing, Class of 2021, ousearch_News_2021

Pinning ceremony

WCC nursing graduates celebrated during virtual ceremony

Rich Rezler - May 05, 2021

Sixty-one graduates of the Washtenaw Community College Associate Degree in Nursing program were honored during a virtual Spring Graduate Nurse Pinning Ceremony.

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tags: Nursing, Health Sciences, Student Success, ousearch_News_2021, Class of 2021, Graduation

Police Academy graduates

33 WCC Police Academy graduates honored for perseverance and dedication

Rich Rezler - November 20, 2020

What this year’s Washtenaw Community College Police Academy graduation ceremony was missing of its typical pomp and circumstance was replaced with an unparalleled level of pride and admiration for those who completed their training in a most atypical year.

View Post :   33 WCC Police Academy graduates honored for perseverance and dedication

tags: Graduation, ousearch_News_2020, Police Academy, On The Record, December 2020, ousearch_News_On The Record

Sandra Coward holding graduation sign

Graduate profile: Nearly 40 years later, mom of 5 completes her degree

Rich Rezler - June 03, 2020

When Sandy Coward left college in 1983, she promised her mother she would finish her degree one day. And then "life got in the way.”

View Post :   Graduate profile: Nearly 40 years later, mom of 5 completes her degree

tags: Non-Traditional Student, ousearch_News_2020, Graduation, Occupational Studies

WCC alumnus Thomas Klemm (left) and his father, Richard Klemm, prior to commencement ceremonies at Eastern Michigan University.

With WCC and EMU degrees complete, high school dropout and addict is off to U-M

Richard Rezler - April 29, 2019

Following his graduation from Eastern Michigan University on Sunday, Washtenaw Community College alumnus Thomas Klemm is two-thirds of the way through a trifecta of Washtenaw County higher education.

View Post :   With WCC and EMU degrees complete, high school dropout and addict is off to U-M

tags: Graduation, ousearch_News_2019, Keeping Up the Good Work

Jim Krupp, wearing the same graduation gown his wife wore 30 years ago, and each of his three children wore during their own graduation ceremonies.

UA member receives WCC degree in a graduation gown also worn by his wife, 3 kids

Richard Rezler - August 20, 2018

UA member receives WCC degree in a graduation gown also worn by his wife, 3 kids

View Post :   UA member receives WCC degree in a graduation gown also worn by his wife, 3 kids

tags: Graduation, United Association, Union, Commencement, 2018, ousearch_News_2018, Jim Krupp

Jamie Buhr, chairman of the WCC Foundation Board.

Local philanthropists to match 'Class of 2018' gifts to Student Emergency Fund

Richard Rezler - May 23, 2018

WCC Foundation Board of Directors chairman Jamie Buhr asked the recent graduates to first consider making a difference for current and future students at the college.

View Post :   Local philanthropists to match 'Class of 2018' gifts to Student Emergency Fund

tags: ousearch_News_2018, Jamie Buhr, 2018, Graduation, Commencement, WCC Foundation, Student Emergency Fund

Paula Salazar

WCC student speaker: From tragic childhood to limitless future

Richard Rezler - May 20, 2018

Paula Salazar, the student speaker at WCC’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, takes the phrase “overcoming obstacles” to a higher level.

View Post :   WCC student speaker: From tragic childhood to limitless future

tags: Paula Salazar, Commencement, ousearch_News_2018, 2018, Graduation

WCC Digital Certificate

WCC introduces digital certification service for graduates

Richard Rezler - May 07, 2018

Washtenaw Community College announced it is providing graduates with a new way to share their accomplishments with family, friends and future employers.

View Post :   WCC introduces digital certification service for graduates

tags: ousearch_News_2018, Digital Diploma, Commencement, 2018, Graduation

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