SMC hosts 49th commencement ceremony Saturday

Published 10:48 am Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Southwestern Michigan College hosts its 49th commencement Saturday at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Charles O. Zollar Building on the Dowagiac campus.

SMC will confer 683 associate degrees and certificates on the 387-member Class of 2016.

Five — Morgan Adams of Dowagiac, Dakotah Haas of Decatur, Camilla Perez of Dowagiac, Karissa Steffens of Stevensville and Kayla Villegas of Watervliet — graduate with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.

In addition, Ferris State University awards 33 bachelor’s degrees during the ceremony.

SMC alumnus Kelly L. Rose will deliver the commencement address.

Rose is chairman of Evergreen Recreational Vehicles, Lifestyle Luxury Recreational Vehicles, Skyline Recreational Vehicles, Stealth Enterprises and Starcraft Distribution.

He co-founded ASA Corp. at age 25 in 1977. In 1990, after selling his shares of that company, Rose purchased the assets of Starcraft Corp., taking it public in 1993.

He continued as chairman of the board and remained the largest shareholder of that company until he sold to another public company from California in 2006.

Rose was honored as the 1994 Indiana Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year and inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 2002.

He served for two years as chairman of the board of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which is looked upon as the highest recognition of his peers.

The Kelly and Karen Rose Foundation was established as a philanthropic entity in which the couple are very active in supporting numerous non-profit and charitable organizations.

The Roses, who met at SMC, have been married 44 years in August, which Kelly credits and solely attributes any successes he may have accomplished to his beautiful bride, a retired Elkhart General Hospital nurse.

Pastor Dan Thomas of Community Baptist Church, Edwardsburg, will provide the invocation.

Local graduates include:



Michael Carpenter

Jayla Carrigan

Austin Cauffman

Daniel Downs

Bailey Foster

Katey Good

Blake Herwick

Samantha Margetts

Katareena Orphanidis

Daniel Papczynski

Savannah Peppers

Travis Pressey

Alex Reitz

Trevor Shepherd

Paige Wetmore



Maria Artamonova

Taylor Baker

Nina Black

Paige Breden

Jacob Brown

Jessica Burnworth

Andreas Christodoulides

Abigail Harrison

Brandon James

Derrick Johnson

Kierra Jones

James Lee

Jesse Newton

Austin Vega



Morgan Adams

Susan Ardon

Meg Avey

Marissa Baerwald

Jordan Ballard

Erica Behnke

Marissa Blackmond

Sydney Brooks

Jennings Brosnan

Jessica Carlsen

Katie Castaneda

Sarah Craft

Emanuel Custodio

Jessica Doty

Adam Emerson

Keara Fitzgerald

James Gibson

Kyle Hemenway

Amber Hummel

Marlaina Kiggins

Laura Larson

Alyssa Lovato

Anna Luthringer

Heather Martinez

Michael Mathews

Andrea McCoy

Kirsten Novak

Roy Payne

Camilla Perez

Thomas Preston

Jacob Przybylinski

Rhonda Purcell

Caitlyn Reed

Stephanie Rich

George Robinson

Jennifer Schaus

Jacob Shelton

Amanda Siegl

Brittany Slavings

Brody Slone

Brittany Smith

Haley Smith

Brendan Stewart

Morgan Tanzillo

Theresa Visuri

Cynthia Wallace

Emily Warren

Jennifer Weston

Alyson Wheeler

Brittany Williams

Meg Williams

Kendra Wilson

Tera Woolley



Brandon Claire

Cory Dolan

Judith Edens

Michelle LaMore

Elizabeth Lang

Sarah LeCount

Andrea McCoy

Ashley Meuzelaar

Amir Muhammad

Kirsten Perry

Alexis Peters

Steven Schmitt

Meredith Seifer

Ian Sharp

Victorianne Yoder



Heather Alexander

Mirella Avila

Matthew Beaver

Joshua Bell

Kimberly Bom

Nicole Brill

Jamie Brown

Jon Brown

Kyle Bruegmann

Alicia Cantu

Allissa Corak

Abenicio Cordoba-Wilson

Hannah Curry

Matthew Farmer

Justin Fielder

Alexander Flick

John Foster

Aimee Franc

Emily French

Jennifer Galbreth

James Gipson

Shaun Guyberson

Angela Harkins

Patrick Harvey

Andrew Harwood

Kevin Helliwell

Elizabeth Hensler

Eric Hess

Jonathan Hollister

Brandie Hotrum

Elizabeth Howard

Tori Hunt

Olivier Ishimwe

Victoria Knight

Kara Kuntz

Keith Kwieran

Paul Lamson

Katherine Luczkowski

Collin Mattiford

Robert Mayfield

Gregory McNair

Ashlee Miller

Abby Parris

Austin Payne

Ciara Peel

Alexander Phillips

Samantha Pompey

Kacy Reeves

Alyssa Robbins

Patricia Robinson

Brittney Rose

Donald Sachman

Hannah Sergio

Matthew Sergio

Alexander Severinghaus

Charlene Sutfin

Abby Swartz

Jasmine Thompson

Lisa Tisdale

Michael Wagley

Randle Wagner

Lindsey Walden

Crystal Watson

Daniel Watson

Jennifer Wolf