SMC fetes 117 honor graduatesPublished 2:26pm Monday, April 23, 2012
Southwestern Michigan College recognized 117 students who will graduate with honors at the college’s 45th commencement on May 5.
The annual SMC Honors Reception, held recently in the Fred L. Mathews Conference Center East, showcased students who earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
“Every year Southwestern Michigan College takes pride in the quality of education it is able to give its students,” said college President David Mathews, who welcomed the students, their families and friends to the event. “This quality speaks for itself by the number of students graduating with honors each year. It is SMC’s goal to ensure its students have a solid educational foundation when they transfer to another university or enter the workforce.”
Honor students Joel Adu, of Berrien Springs, and Laura Tennison, of Eau Claire, were also recognized as representing the college on the All-Michigan Academic.
The guest speaker for the reception was William Tomory, professor emeritus in the college’s communications department. Tomory, who has a doctorate in English from the University of Denver, has taught English at SMC since 1981 and has had the emeritus status since 2010.
Musical entertainment was provided by the college’s Select Voices, directed by David Carew, SMC’s director of choral music.
Tomory told students they will encounter many obstacles in life that will require them to “pick themselves up and start over again.”
“I started out as a business major and then switched to accounting and then economics,” Tomory said. “By my senior year at the University of Michigan, I had decided I couldn’t go in that direction.”
He said life is about reinventing yourself and making mid-course corrections as you go. Communicating well is the key to furthering yourself and your career, Tomory said, adding there are four points to doing this:
Don’t let the skills that you’ve learned, such as using the English language well, become rusty; learn a second language; expect the unexpected; and “embrace the smiley face.”
In other words, people who present themselves to others with a smile on their face will have many smiles returned to them.
Below are the honors graduates listed by hometown:
Whitmore Lake, Mich.
Samuel Kwarteng, Ghana
Ann Mutahi, Kenya