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Baker College Congratulates the Class of 2012

June 04, 2012

Graduation Ceremonies for campuses throughout the Baker College system will be held this week. Congratulations to all of our graduates and their families!

Read on for the times and locations, special awards, and speakers for each of the campus graduation ceremonies,

Baker College of Allen Park

Graduation ceremonies for approximately 430 Baker College of Allen Park students will be held Saturday, June 9, at 2 p.m., at the Compuware Arena, 14900 Beck Road, Plymouth Township.

“We are so proud of this year’s graduates,” said Aaron J. Maike, Baker College of Allen Park President. “They made a commitment to invest in their future and now have the training and skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace.”

Keynote speaker is Julie Mann, MSIR, SPHR, CCP. She is the CEO and President of JMann Consulting Group, LLC in Lansing, and host of Talk About People for the michiganbusinessnetwork.com. She is also CEO of the newly launched nonprofit organization, Rock Star Warriors.

Connie Kasputis, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Security, will address the class of 2012.

Baker College of Auburn Hills

A record 710 Baker College of Auburn Hills students will be honored at commencement ceremonies Saturday, June 9, at the Apostolic Church of Auburn Hills, 3655 N. Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills. The first of two ceremonies begins at 12 p.m. for graduates of the Baker College of Auburn Hills business, education and Human Services programs, followed by commencement for Health Sciences and Technology graduates at 4 p.m.

Keynote speaker is Tom Kimble, a member of the Baker College of Auburn Hills board of regents and former Vice President of the General Motors Foundation. He has continued to work on several boards and committees in the community since his retirement from GM six years ago.

Nancy Campbell, graduating with a Post Baccalaureate certificate in Secondary Mathematics – Additional Endorsement, and Karen Catlin, graduating with a Diagnostic Medical Sonography Associate degree, will address the class of 2012 at noon and 4 p.m., respectively.

Baker College of Cadillac

A record 325 Baker College of Cadillac students will be honored at commencement ceremonies Friday, June 8, at Resurrection Life Church, 9127 East 44 Road, Cadillac. The first of two ceremonies begins at 4 p.m. for graduates of Baker’s Health Sciences programs, followed by commencement at 7 p.m. for the remaining class of 2012.

Carolyn Smith, who is graduating with a Veterinary Technician Associate degree, will address the class of 2012 at the afternoon ceremony; Janice Elmore, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in eEducation with a concentration in Secondary Teacher Preparation – Social Studies, will speak in the evening.

Among the graduates are Todd Dimock and Amanda Traulsen, the first graduates from the Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree program at Baker College of Cadillac. Three members of one family will also earn degrees from Baker’s Cadillac campus this year. They are:

  • Shawnda Littlebear, graduating with a Human Service Associate degree
  • Candize Littlebear, graduating with a Medical Assistant Associate degree (Shawnda’s daughter)
  • Ron Cole, graduating with a Human Service Associate degree (Shawnda’s spouse)

In addition, Michael Susalla, faculty program coordinator in the Computer Science department at Baker’s Cadillac campus, will earn a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science this spring.

Baker College of Cass City

A record 116 graduates from Baker College of Cass City and Baker College of West Branch, satellite campuses of Baker College of Flint, will be honored at commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m., at the Cass City Middle School, 4805 Ale St., Cass City.

The keynote speaker is Kate Van Auken, director of the Rawson Memorial District Library. She is an advisory board member for the Cass City campus and was previously a program coordinator for Baker College of Cass City.

Baker College of Clinton Township

Graduation ceremonies for approximately 965 Baker College of Clinton Township students will be held Saturday, June 9, at Bethesda Christian Church, 14000 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. The first of two ceremonies begins at 11 a.m. for graduates of Baker’s Health Sciences, education and Human Service programs, followed by commencement for graduates of the CIS, technical, business and automotive programs at 3 p.m.

Michelle Tutt, graduating with a Pharmacy Technician Associate degree, will address the morning commencement. Katlyn Trainor, who will earn an Accounting Associate degree, is the speaker for the afternoon event.

Among the 2012 honorees are the first students graduating from the Criminal Justice Associate degree, Pharmacy Technician Associate degree, and Information Technology and Security/Cyber Defense Bachelor’s degree programs.

Baker College of Flint

A record 900 Baker College of Flint students will be honored at commencement ceremonies Sunday, June 10, at 1 p.m., at the Perani Arena and Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road, Flint.

Keynote speaker is Phil Hagerman, President and CEO of Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy, the nation’s largest privately held specialty pharmacy business. The company, headquartered in Flint, has been a pioneer in the pharmacy profession by offering services and solutions typically not available to patients in traditional pharmacies. Diplomat was founded in 1975 by Phil and his father, Dale Hagerman. Both men are registered pharmacists. As part of the Baker College of Flint commencement ceremonies, Phil Hagerman will receive an honorary doctorate degree.

“Phil has been an integral part of Flint for decades, bringing much needed growth to our community,” said Princinsky. “We are privileged that he has agreed to be our keynote speaker this year and we are honored to present him with the doctorate degree.”

William Clark, a student graduating with an Associate degree in Polysomnograhic Technology, has been chosen by Baker College of Flint faculty to address the class of 2012 at the June 10 commencement ceremony.

Baker College of Jackson

A record 423 students from Baker College of Jackson, combined with students from its Coldwater satellite campus will be honored at commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m., at the Jackson High School auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave, Jackson. Tickets are required for entry.

Caron Mroz, graduating from Baker College of Jackson with a Medical Insurance Specialist Associate degree, will address the class of 2012. Mroz, a single mother and breast cancer survivor who lost her job after 30 years, will speak about the challenges she’s faced. She will share with the audience the second chance that has been given to her by Baker College of Jackson.

Among the honorees is Renea A. Worden, the first student graduating from the Criminal Justice Bachelor’s degree program. Also graduating this year is husband and wife team Aaron and Amber Halstead. Aaron earned a Health Information Technology Associate degree and Amber an Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s degree.

The Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corp (JROTC) will post colors during the ceremony. Baker College faculty, staff and students who have served or are currently serving in the military will wear the red, white and blue cords.

Baker College of Muskegon

A record 1,023 Baker College of Muskegon students will be honored at commencement ceremonies Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m., at the L.C. Walker Arena and Conference Center, 955 Fourth St., Muskegon.

From this year’s class, 119 students will receive certificates, 677 will receive Associate degrees, 219 students will earn Bachelor’s degrees and eight will receive Post-Baccalaureate certificates.

Graduates receiving special honors at the June 8 ceremony include Ariadne Pogany, who is the recipient of the Muskegon Chronicle Award presented to the most outstanding member of the graduating class. A Grand Haven resident, Pogany will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Baking and Pastry. Pogany has a passion for developing nutritious food options that extended to her coursework as she developed and tested baked goods marketed to people with celiac disease and restricted to gluten-free diets. Her instructors have commended her for academic excellence and perfect attendance. Pogany was recognized regionally by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) for her participation in the 2010 Knowledge Bowl competition.

Other outstanding graduate award winners, selected by Baker’s faculty, include:

  • Zen Hanger Business Administration Award: Darlene Cyr, from Spring Lake, Associate of Business degree, Marketing
  • Education and Human Service Award: Jessica Scott, from Fremont, Associate of Applied Science degree, Early Childhood Education
  • Health Sciences Award: Collette Rodriguez, from Muskegon, Associate of Applied Science degree, Radiologic Technology
  • Applied Science Award: Andrea DeGraaf, from Casnovia, Associate of Applied Science degree, Baking and Pastry
  • Bachelor Degree Award: Heidi Veneberg, from West Olive, Bachelor of Science degree, Interior Design

Baker College of Owosso

A record 551 Baker College of Owosso students will be honored at commencement ceremonies Friday, June 8, at Corunna High School, 417 E. King Street, Corunna. The first of two ceremonies begins at 4 p.m. for graduates of Baker’s Health Sciences programs, followed by commencement for the remaining class of 2012 at 7 p.m.

Christopher Bagwell, graduating with an Associate degree in management, will address the class of 2012. Bagwell is a veteran of the Iraq war, in which he earned a Purple Heart for his dedicated service to our country. Among the record-breaking number of students receiving their degrees from Baker College of Owosso will be the first graduates from the Vascular Ultrasound Technology Associate degree, and the Criminal Justice Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs.

In addition, several Baker College of Owosso staff will earn degrees this year. They include:

  • Theadore W. Ashley, Maintenance department, will earn an HVAC Associate degree
  • Jinny Bernotas, Assistant Registrar, will earn a Business Administration Bachelor’s degree
  • Kevin Case, Information Systems, will earn an Information Technology and Security Bachelor’s degree
  • Megan Garvin, Administrative Assistant, will earn a Business Administration Bachelor’s degree
  • Brandi Skinner, Administrative Assistant, will earn a Business Administration Bachelor’s degree
  • Christina Guetschow, Early Learning Center, will earn an Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s degree
  • Ashley Lindberg, Early Learning Center, will earn an Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s degree
  • Kendra Nichols, Early Learning Center Director, will earn an Early Childhood Education Bachelor’s degree

Baker College of Port Huron

Graduation ceremonies for approximately 340 Baker College of Port Huron students will be held Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m., at McMorran Place, 701 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron.

Gretchen Mueller, graduating with a Medical Laboratory Technician Associate degree, will address the class of 2012.

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