Bay College Commencement Ceremonies 2019

Bay College Commencement Ceremonies 2019


[MUSIC PLAYING] Good morning. We’ve got just a
couple announcements before the program starts. So we’d ask, if you could,
to silence your cell phones in respect of
our graduates today. We also have our reception
following the program. So if you exit the
building after the ceremony and follow the path with
the Bay College flags, it will be over in
our Besse Center. Thank you. [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC PLAYING] Graduates, please be seated. Good morning. Welcome to Bay de Noc Community
College’s 2019 commencement. I am Matt Barron, vice
president of academic affairs. We have a wonderful ceremony
prepared for you today that is the culmination
of this academic year. At this time, I would
like to welcome Dr. Laura Coleman, president of Bay
de Noc Community College, to the podium. [APPLAUSE] I just have to tell
you, I don’t know how I manage to get through this
day without crying every year. But to the script
that we have here, we would like to
give recognition to our graduates who
are either currently serving in the military
or are veterans. These students are wearing
red, white, and blue cords. I ask that these students
please stand and be recognized and thanked for their service
and sacrifice for our country. [APPLAUSE] At this time, I ask those in
the audience who are veterans, are currently serving
in the military, or have family members who have
or are representing the armed services to please stand and be
acknowledged for the sacrifices and services provided to
protect the freedoms we enjoy in our country. [APPLAUSE] Molly Slavinski, a 2019
Bay College graduate, and Tammra Barteld, early
childhood faculty member, will sing the national anthem. Gentlemen, please
remove your caps. And everyone please
stand for the singing of our national anthem. (SINGING) O say can you see,
by the dawn’s early light, what so proudly we hail’d at the
twilight’s last gleaming, whose broad stripes and bright stars
through the perilous fight o’er the ramparts we watch’d
were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare,
the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night
that our flag was still there. O say does that star-spangled
banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and
the home of the brave? Thank you, Molly and Tammra. Everyone please be seated. That was a beautiful rendition. It is a great pleasure
for me to welcome you to Bay de Noc Community College
for our 2019 commencement ceremony. Welcome to our
board of trustees, to our faculty and staff,
to our special guests, to family and friends,
and, of course, welcome to our Bay
College 2019 graduates. Thank you all for being here
on this very special day. Would all the family and
friends of this year’s graduates please stand? That’s everybody in the stands. Come on. Graduates, please join me
in thanking them for all the support that they have
given you over the years. [APPLAUSE] Your support and encouragement
is an integral part of your student’s success. Thank you. Graduates, congratulations. Today is your day. Enjoy every moment of this day. You have achieved an
absolutely incredible goal. And you have joined an
elite group in this region and in this country. You have earned
a college degree. It’s a big deal. [APPLAUSE] Your education has
given you the tools that you need to either
enter the workforce directly or to continue your education. This is a very,
very special day. It marks a tremendous
achievement– again, congratulations. I would like to acknowledge
the faculty, administrators, and staff here today. Please stand and be recognized. [APPLAUSE] Let me tell you that each
one of these individuals takes a great deal of
pride in their contribution to the education that you
have received at Bay College. Among our faculty staff
today are the recipients of our 2019 outstanding
staff and educator awards. Each year, the college
recognizes one or two members of the administration
and our support staff that were nominated for the
outstanding staff award. Nominees for this award
were judged according to criteria such as demonstrates
job knowledge and skills with expertise and displays
respect and enthusiasm toward and works collaboratively
with colleagues, students, and community members. This year’s award recipients
are Julie Dollhopf and Chris Nelson. Julie and Christian, would you
please stand and be recognized? [APPLAUSE] The college
recognizes its faculty for excellence in instruction
and service to the college. To receive consideration
for the award, the faculty member
must be nominated by a colleague, student,
or someone from the college or broader community. The primary focus
of this award is to recognize commitment to
education and excellence in service. This year’s outstanding
part-time educator award recipients are Al Baciak, Laurie
Johnson, and Penney Parmet. Al is unable to be here today. But Laurie and Penny, would you
please stand to be recognized? [APPLAUSE] Each year, up to three members
of the full-time faculty are selected to receive the
outstanding full-time educator award. This year’s recipients are
Brian Black, Joyce King, and Matt Krynicki. Joyce was unable
to be here today. But Brian and Matt, would you
please stand to be recognized? [APPLAUSE] Now at this time,
it is my pleasure to introduce our special guests. I would like them to stand
to be recognized– first, the members of our
board of trustees. They’re elected representatives
to Bay de Noc Community College. And they serve as the
policymakers for the college. They give countless hours
of volunteer service to this college on your behalf. Would the members of
the Board of Trustees stand as I call your names? Joy Hopkins, Terri Mileski,
Treasurer Steve Davis, Secretary Phil Strom, Vice Chair
Eric Lundin, Chair Tom Butch– it is my pleasure to
introduce our other platform guests, also. Would you please stand
when I call your name? Bill Lake, former
trustee and guest speaker of the board of trustees. [APPLAUSE] Also on the stage is
Linda Lewandowski, director of nursing;
Cindy Carter, dean of business technology
and workforce development; and Amy Reddinger, dean
of Arts and Sciences. [APPLAUSE] I’d also like to introduce
some notable guests– Maggie Murphy-Pomeroy, our
student commencement speaker. Maggie, would you please stand? [APPLAUSE] Mike Dagenais, commencement
address speaker and 2018 alumnus of the year– Mike, would you please stand? [APPLAUSE] I would like to thank our
talented musical performer, singer Molly Slavinski and
Tammra Barteld and bagpiper D. Gregor MacGregor III, and
all those who have made this commencement possible. And now our first speaker. Bill Lake served on the board of
trustees for the past 12 years and as board chair until
his recent resignation. Mr. Lake is a graduate of
Northern Michigan University with a bachelor of science
in elementary education with an emphasis in
mathematics and social studies and a master’s degree in
school administration. He is a retired superintendent
from Bark River-Harris Schools, a position he held for 10 years. Mr. Lake was a member
and past officer in several organizations,
including the Community Foundation for Delta
County, the Bark River Lions Club, the American Legion Post
438, and Salem Lutheran Church. He now resides in
De Pere, Wisconsin. On behalf of the board, please
welcome guest speaker Bill Lake. [APPLAUSE] Good morning. You, the graduates, Dr.
Coleman, board of trustees, faculty, staff,
family and friends, today is the first day
of the rest of your life. I know many of you have
heard this quote before, but have you taken the time to
consider what the words really mean? Today you’re here at the
culmination of a journey that began many years ago. Some have traveled
through public, private, or home schools through
to this day of completion from Bay College. Others have made a winding
trip with many experiences to achieve the same goal, a
diploma or certificate that allows for a new
beginning in a career or continuation of schooling. As of today, you have learned
that you have the ability to study and accomplish the task
required by your professors. You’ve learned about teamwork
as you completed projects in particular subjects. Most of all, you’ve
learned that hard work is the key to success. Your accomplishments
are many and rewarding. Now is the time to
celebrate the commitment you made over the past
several years while at Bay. Recently as a board member,
I’ve had the opportunity to observe many of
you being recognized for your accomplishments
in the classroom and in athletic competitions. All of you will join in
these accomplishments as you receive your
diplomas or certificates. Remember, once
again, hard work is what helps you achieve success,
along with outstanding faculty and staff. It is not a free gift. Continue to serve others
and make this nation which we inhabit a better place. Build upon your experiences and
expand your base of knowledge. There is no one road to success,
but there are many people willing to build them. I’d like to share a
couple of comments from an unknown author. Consider this– cherish your
memories, but look forward. Treasure your friendships,
but reach outward. Learn from the past,
but move forward. Live each day with
hope and climb upward. And in conclusion, please
consider the following– anything you can think of and
believe in you can achieve. Think about the reasons why
you can do something and always focus on the positive. Men and women who
have goals and plans dictate to others, while those
who have no goals and plans are dictated to by others. On behalf of the entire
family of Bay College, congratulations and best
of luck to the graduates and welcome to graduation 2019. [APPLAUSE] Thank you very much, Bill. Mike Dagenais is Bay College’s
2018 distinguished alumnus of the year. Mike is a Delta County native
and a graduate of Escanaba High School. He earned an associate
in arts degree from Bay College in 1981. Mike serves as president and
dairy manager of Elmer’s County Market and represents the
third generation of Dagenais upholding the value of fresh
products, outstanding service, and customer appreciation
at Elmer’s County Market. In addition, Mike is involved
with the YMCA, the Escanaba Blue Line Club, and
the Eskymo’s Fan Club. He was proudly named
the Escanaba Fan of the Year in 2012. Mike resides in Escanaba
with his wife, Lisa, and is a proud father of his
children, Jared and Jayln. We welcome Mike Dagenais, Bay
College’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. [APPLAUSE] Good morning, everyone. My daughter said
stick to the script. Right, Jay? A little maybe, yeah. I would first like to start
off by thanking Bay College President Coleman, the
board, and all the teachers and staff being a
keynote speaker– also like to thank
my wife Lisa and kids Jared and Jayln for the
support, not only today, but every day, as well as
my parents, Wayne and Judy, for everything they’ve done
throughout my life and career. Today is an incredibly
important day for all of you. Lots of hard work,
hours of studying, and probably even
some tears have been put into getting these degrees. It’s a wonderful accomplishment. And you all should be proud
of yourselves, very proud. Let’s give the graduates
a round of applause again. [APPLAUSE] Like President
Coleman said, I’d like to acknowledge all the
parents, grandparents, kids, significant others, and
anyone else who has helped the graduates along the way. Your support means
so much in helping shape the future of these kids. Eh, it’s been about
13,880 days since I graduated with my
associates from Bay College. Wow. Since then I’ve gotten married,
had two beautiful children, gained about 50 pounds, and
course lost most of my hair. I worked my way up through
five different jobs through my family business at
Elmer’s County Market– it was Elmer’s Super Value– started off watering flowers,
believe or not, bagging ice, working as a bag boy,
even cleaning the johns– you’re the low man
on the totem pole– to being the dairy
manager and eventually becoming the president. And I even have
my name on a sub, the Mikey D’s Sub; Mikey D’s
Beer Cave; the Mikey D’s turbo coffees– I’m a little turbo. And Alice Cooper’s even made
two commercials about me– pretty crazy. If there’s one thing that
I learned along the way it’s that working is so
much more enjoyable when you love your job. Sure, the first job that
you take after college may not be your lifelong
career, but that’s OK. But if you decide to stay at the
same company, that’s OK, too. Over the years, we’ve been
very lucky to employ many high school and college
kids at Elmer’s. And I’d like to thank them all
for their outstanding service. We’ve actually got voted
the outstanding customer service the last two years in
a row of all the businesses– so just a lot of the Bay
kids that have worked for us, it’s exciting. I even had Delta
County Administrator and former prosecutor Phil
Strom and President and CEO of St. Francis Hospital and
Medical Dave Lord work for me personally in the dairy–
one of the dairy boys. I must have rubbed off on him. Bay College is such a great
opportunity for students of all ages and backgrounds. It’s a top-notch education that
people can earn close to home. Many people in my
family have also attended college,
my brother Pat; my three sisters, Barb, Mary,
and Susie, and my children. My sister, Sue, she earned
her associates from Bay, went on to receive her
bachelor’s and master’s from Northern, her PhD at
the University of Buffalo, her post-doctorate research
fellowship from University of Michigan, where she
currently works as a scientist. Another huge benefit
to Bay College is their partnership with Lake
Superior State University. My son in law Kevin
graduated last year from Lake Superior State. And my son Jared just graduated
two weeks ago from LSSU, so what a great partnership. We’ve all heard the
phrase the more you give, the more you get. If there’s one thing that
I strongly believe in is that the key to happiness
is in helping others. It’s a family
tradition that comes from one of the most
generous person I ever met, my grandpa Elmer. By far, my favorite
part of the job is being to give back to
community that I love. One of my favorite
memories with Elmer was attending the livestock
auctions every year at the UP state fair and
bidding on the 4-H animals. I still do this every year with
my brother and my own kids. It’s a thrill to be able
to help support the youth and make great friendships like
Daryl Miron and Gary Johnson, just to name a few– great fellow 4-H supporters. As you enter onto
your profession, I want you to all keep in mind
the importance of stewardship and giving back to the
community organizations that are important to you. For a long time, I
had the mentality to give until it
hurts, which left me feeling a little drained. At one point, I juggled the
Eskymo Blue Line Club, the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, the Eskymo
spring fling committee, and all while being a still
a dancing dad– and my marriage, I guess. And I read a quote recently
that eased some of the pressure. You don’t need to
give until it hurts, just give until it feels good. The gift of time can be more
valuable than the meaning the gift of money. We all don’t have the
same amount of money, but we do they have the same
amount of hours in a day. For those of you who know Mikey,
you know that I am constantly giving up my time,
whether it be attending board meetings, fundraisers,
benefits, coaching, filling in as the color guy
on the radio sports events, or feeding the out-of-town
teams after the game, I’m always on the go. Almost selfishly, when I give
my time and energy to others, I feel the best about myself. I know what many of you
are thinking right now– I don’t have the time
or resources to give. But I want in on
a little secret– even the smallest
acts of stewardship are incredibly important. Volunteering in all
shapes and forms helps strengthen a
community and organization. I’d like to leave everyone
with one last quote today from Winston Churchill. We make a living in what we get. We make a life by what we give. Congratulations Bay
College class of 2019. Thanks for having me. And Happy Mother’s Day to
all the mothers tomorrow. Thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Mike. We now will hear from our
student commencement speaker. Graduating student
Maggie Murphy-Pomeroy has been awarded the honor
of presenting the student commencement speech. Maggie is graduating from
Bay with her associate of applied science degree and
office information systems. This will be Maggie’s second
time walking across our stage. The first was 24 years ago. She will share her story
and speak to the changes she has witnessed at Bay
College and in herself. Let’s hear about her journey. Ladies and gentlemen,
Maggie Murphy-Pomeroy. [APPLAUSE] Members of the
Board of Trustees, President Coleman, faculty,
staff, families, guests, and my fellow graduates,
welcome to the 2019 Bay College commencement exercises. I am so happy to be
here with all of you. And I’m deeply
honored to have been chosen to deliver this address. I walked this stage once
before 24 years ago. Today I will graduate from
Bay for the second time. I know many of you
share this experience– maybe graduating
again, maybe finishing what you started long ago. Whether for the first
time or the last, I know you are as proud
to be here today as I am– as I was all those years ago. So many things have
changed since then. When I started at Bay
in 1993, I was first given the task of setting
up an email account because I had never
had one before. I would come to the
LRC, now the HUB, and work late into the night
typing assignments because I didn’t own a computer. Wikipedia and
Microsoft applications we’re a long way off. Encyclopedias and
microfiched articles were the backbone of
any good term paper. The library still
had card catalogs. Google’s got nothing on
the Dewey Decimal System, if you ask me. So much is different. This time around, I’ve earned my
degree almost entirely online. I have professors
I’ve never even seen, classmates I’ve never met. I’ve done my homework
on my iPhone. And submitting papers– well,
now there’s an app for that. Yes, much has
changed since my time as a traditional Bay student. That student, the
one I used to be, would be quite surprised to
see herself standing before you today giving this speech. You see, for that student, that
long ago girl, for her nothing was more dreaded than the
prospect of speaking in public. I suspect some of
you can relate. Yes, so dreaded, in fact, that
I shuffled my schedule semester after semester after
semester, putting off EN 104, Public Speaking, until
there were no more semesters, until the proverbial
last minute, until it was do or die– or, more
accurately, do or drop because without this class,
I would not graduate. And so loathsome, so
terrifying was the idea of taking this class
that I actually considered that prospect. Now I know some
of you can relate. But you know, as I closed my
eyes and braced for the worst as the semester began, I
realized I could do it. In spite of the fear, I was
capable and I was prepared. Just look at what I had
accomplished already. Look at who I had become. You are not the student
you were at registration– know that. You’ve changed. You are capable and prepared. Look at who you’ve become. What hasn’t changed
is the support I received in the
pursuit of my degree. Staff members, faculty, my
professor, my advisors all contributed to my success
both then and now. I have always felt challenged,
encouraged, supported, and valued at Bay. And I hope you have, too. As a non-traditional student
this time around, I truly appreciate the efforts
of this institution to make a student like
me feel as respected and included as the
student I once was. You know, coming back
to Bay as a former alum, walking the halls and seeing
glimpses of the old in so much of the new, it wouldn’t
be at all surprising for it to feel as if
I had started over. But being back at Bay has
really felt like a chance at a new beginning. And today we share
that beginning. Isn’t that what commencement
means, after all– to begin? Much like Bay, my
beginning 24 years ago looked very different
than it does today. I was the single mother
of a 2-year-old daughter who came to watch me graduate
that day in May of ’95. Using the education
Bay provided, I made a life and
living for she and I, eventually opening and
running a small business. That little girl is now
26 and making her own way in the world. Today’s beginning looks
as different for me as the halls of Bay
College once did. I am joined today by 2 more
daughters, both of whom will go on to college
in a few years. And I stand before
you having already started a job in my new field. Yes, it looks different,
this beginning. And so does yours. Whether you are finishing
your first degree today as a traditional Bay College
student or you’ve come back like me to begin again, the
journey on which you are about to embark will be very
different from anyone else’s. I am certain of this, however– you could not be better
prepared to make it. Just as Bay has changed the
way it provides education, it has provided education
to prepare you for change. Whatever comes next,
wherever you go next, you are ready to begin
because while today marks the conclusion of our time
at Bay, at least for now, today is not the end
of anything at all. It’s truly the beginning of
everything else you will do. I wish you the best. Good luck. And thank you. [APPLAUSE] Thank you, Maggie. Commencement provides
an opportunity for the college
and the community to recognize our graduates
that have been selected for special recognition. We now recognize
our graduates award. Each year, Bay College selects
All-USA academic team members based on academic achievement,
community service involvement, and leadership accomplishment. These students are wearing
their All-USA academic team medallions. This year’s Bay College
All-USA team members are Samantha Henderson
and Lindsey McCann. Samantha and Lindsey, would you
please stand to be recognized? [APPLAUSE] The Presidential
Honor Award program was established by the Bay
de Noc Community College Foundation in July
of 1997 in honor of Dr. Dwight E. Link, President
Emeritus of Bay College. The award recognizes
students graduating with at least a 3.5
cumulative GPA who demonstrate
outstanding leadership and a substantial
involvement on campus. This year’s President Award
winner is Samantha Henderson. Samantha, please stand again
and be– congratulations. [APPLAUSE] Among students
graduating today are those who are
graduating with honors and those who hold membership
in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Honor students are required to
carry a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average. These students are
wearing a gold honor cord. Membership in the Phi
Theta Kappa honor society is by invitation. Students in PTK are required
to carry a 3.2 minimum grade point average and
commit to service in their community
and their college. PTK students are
wearing gold stoles. Would all students who
are graduating with honors or who hold membership in the
Phi Theta Kappa honor society please stand and be recognized? [APPLAUSE] This year, we have
five students who completed their
studies at Bay College through an early/middle
college program. Early/middle
college students are wearing blue and green cords. Would the students
graduating today through an early early/middle
college program please stand? [APPLAUSE] In recognition of high
academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability,
and motivation to succeed, six students from
this year’s class have been selected for the
Outstanding Graduate Awards. These students represent each
of the six academic divisions at the college. At this time, I would
like to recognize the six individuals
who have received the Outstanding Graduate Award. Would you please stand
and remain standing when I call your name?– from the allied health
division, Brian Burke; from the arts and letters
division, Kaylee Hubert; from the business division,
Josie Bower; from the math science division, Dionte Malone;
from the social and behavioral sciences division, Erika
Roman; and from the technology division, Mitch Monroe. Let’s give our
outstanding graduates one more round of applause. [APPLAUSE] It is now time to present
candidates for graduation. Will the candidates
for the associate in applied science
degree in nursing, and associate in applied
signs degree in paramedic, and candidates for the
certificate in practical nurse, health careers, and emergency
medical technician-basic please stand and
remain standing? [APPLAUSE] Dr. Coleman, these
candidates have met all requirements for their
associate degree or certificate and have been approved
by the faculty. I present them to you for the
conferring of their degrees. By virtue of the
authority granted to me by the Board of Trustees
and upon the recommendation of the faculty, I now
confer upon each of you the degree or certificate,
the requirements of which you have fulfilled,
and do hereby vest each of you with the rights and privileges
pertaining to that degree. [APPLAUSE] Candidates, please be seated. Will the candidates for the
associated in applied science degrees or certificates in the
areas of business, technology, corrections, early childhood
education, and human services please stand and
remain standing? [APPLAUSE] Dr. Coleman, these
candidates have met all requirements
for their associate in applied science
degree or certificate and have been approved
by their faculty. I present them to you for the
conferring of their degree. By virtue of the
authority granted to me by the Board of Trustees
and upon the recommendation of the faculty, I will now
confer upon each of you the degree or certificate,
the requirements of which you fulfilled, and do
hereby vest each of you with the rights and privileges
pertaining to that degree. [APPLAUSE] Candidates, please be seated. Will the candidates for the
associate in arts and associate in science degrees please
stand and remain standing? [APPLAUSE] Dr. Coleman, these
candidates have met all of the requirements
for their degree and have been approved
by the faculty. I present them to you for the
conferring of their degree. By virtue of the
authority granted to me by the Board of Trustees
and upon the recommendation of the faculty, I now
confer upon each of you the degree, the requirements
of which you have fulfilled, and do hereby vest you with
the rights and privileges pertaining to that degree. [APPLAUSE] Candidates, please be seated. We now recognize each
of our graduates. Our deans Cindy Carter,
Lewandowski, and Amy Reddinger will present each candidate
to us at the end of the stage. Our graduates will receive
a gift from the Alumni Association board. Would the first row of graduates
please stand and approach the stage from the right? [READING NAMES] Thank you all for joining
in this celebration. I request that our
guests please remain seated until we lead the
graduates from the building. We invite you to join us
for refreshments, which will be in the Besse Center. Now graduates, would
you please stand? In the time-honored tradition
of signifying your status as graduates, you may now move
your tassel from the right to the left side of your cap. [APPLAUSE] And on behalf of the Board
of Trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff,
I congratulate you and welcome to the community
of Bay College alumni. [APPLAUSE] Thank you all. Congratulations, graduates. And have a good afternoon. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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