Aerial view of the Dowagiac campus

Chairman Mathews commencement speaker

50-year SMC Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Fred L. Mathews

Southwestern Michigan College hosts its 47th commencement ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Charles O. Zollar Building on the Dowagiac campus.

SMC will confer associate degrees and certificates on a record graduating class.

In addition, Ferris State University will award 28 bachelor’s degrees during the ceremony.

Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Fred L. Mathews, the longest-serving chairman in the United States, will deliver the commencement address.
Mathews, chairman for all 50 years since SMC’s 1964 founding, will reflect on the college’s early years.

Mathews is the only 1970 founding member of the Michigan Community College Association still serving on the MCCA board, of which he is past president. He chaired MCCA’s legislative committee for 25 years.

In July 2011, Mathews received the MCCA Recognition Award presented annually to individuals who make exemplary contributions and render distinguished service to Michigan’s 28 community colleges.

He served on the board of directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), the national organization representing trustees from across the country.

ACCT, which represents more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern more than 1,200 U.S. community colleges, in 1976 recognized Mathews as the nation’s most outstanding trustee.

Mathews came to Dowagiac Feb. 1, 1952, to practice optometry.

His own education came through Central Michigan University and the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

His more than six decades of community service on the local level include being a founding member of the Cass County Transportation Authority, which he served on for 25 years; founding member, Cass County Planning Commission, 18 years; founding member of Community State Bank (now Huntington Bank) and on its board for 37 years; and leading the committee which established Rotary Villa senior housing.

He has been president of the corporation board of directors which guides Rotary Villa for 27 years.

As Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority (DDA) chairman for 10 years, 1988-1998, he oversaw revitalization of the central business district.
He has been on the tri-county Michigan Works! board for 14 years, sits on The Timbers’ advisory board, was a founding member of Dowagiac Lions Club and won Elks Citizen of the Year and Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship.

In the 1950s, he was a founding member of the Greater Dowagiac Association, formed to rebuild the city’s industrial base after a major employer closed.

The industrial development group was a forerunner of Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce. Mathews even served on the Miss Dowagiac Pageant committee. He also performed as a magician.

He and Thelda, his wife of 61 years, have two sons, Scott, a corporate chief operating officer in Seattle; David, seventh SMC president, and six grandchildren.

Rev. Kevin Covert, pastor of Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church in Dowagiac, will give the invocation and benediction.

SMC Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Jonathan Korzun, and Select Voices, directed by David Carew, will provide music for the ceremony.
Because space is limited, tickets are required for the commencement ceremony.

A reception for graduates, their families and friends immediately follows commencement in the Student Activity Center of the Charles O. Zollar Building.

Following is a list of Southwestern Michigan College graduates by hometown and Ferris State University graduates through SMC.

Michigan

Ann Arbor
Lauren Cavanaugh
Jazzmine Gallas

Baroda
Zachary Hays

Benton Harbor
Katia Bell
Mary Grays
Roy Kolinske
Aaron Ramsey
Raven Roseburgh
Dustin Simon
Chance Spencer

Berrien Center
Joycelyn Davis
Rebecca Dubs
Brittany Hinderliter
Julianne Searles
Daniel Stowe

Berrien Springs
Krystal Davis
Morgan Dollar
Patrick Grzybowski
Lawrence Masarira
Austin Mays
Raquel Wade
John Wringer

Big Rapids
Jesika Griffin

Bridgman
Joshua Crow
Caroline Pfliger
Laura Stama
Melanie Watson

Buchanan
Courtney Bennett
Evan Cauffman
Kristopher Doughty
Tara Fox
Trevor Gray
Cassiddy Kendall
Kaley Kimbrell
Amy Mann
Caitlin McCalebb
Cody Morris
Carla Nagy
Nicole Rutherford
Connor Sheridan
Karli Wendorf

Caledonia
Kayleigh Babinski

Cassopolis
Paula Carpenter
William Carr
Brittany D'Antonio
Arminda Dussel
Gavin Francis
Benjamin Frank
Colin Harding
Alicia Keefe
Syna Lace
Nickole Martin
Desirae Massey
Christopher Mitchell
Lacey Parsons
Sherri See
Mary Smith
Ashley Solloway
Amanda Sparks
Matthew Toney
Brendan Westrick
Danielle Wright

Clarkston
David Duthinh

Coloma
Allison Corbin
Hannah Davis
Kendyl Duffield
Meghan Guntz
Kathryn Nelson
Yaneli Perez

Colon
Andrew Ramer

Comstock Park
Chloe Chavers

Constantine
Kevin Anderson
Robert Knepper
Kerri Morris

Decatur
Matthew Fischer
Nychole Flowers
Javier Jimenez
Harmony Manion
Steven Moser
Christine Pyard
Nicholas Reisterer
Ginger Vallejo
Lynn Weber

Detroit
Antonio Little

Dowagiac
Dixie Adams
Guadalupe Arellano-Nelson
Isaac Bowman
Michael Boyd
Darnesha Bradshaw
Jacoya Brookins
Fawn Bussler
Perla Medina Cano
Kelsey Cleveland
Matthew Collins
Megan Collins
Elizabeth Corwin
Timothy Craig
Whitney Donaldson
Cody Dorman
Gabrielle Dorman
Brooks Diamond
Jordan Eby
Damien Evans
CJ Ferrier
Tessa Gardner
Michaelann Gartner
Carley Gentry
Antonette Green
Zacharias Guernsey
Emily Heidenreich
Nicole Himes
Kayla-Christine Hollowell
Maxwel Howe
Kortney Huston
Kandice Jackson
Cody Klomes
David Kroening
Martin Krohn
Beverly Lockhart
Ardell Mahone
Brandy McDonald
Jamie Meiser
Mark Miller
Stacey Miller
John Morseau
Hannah Pacheco
Jessica Pike
Cynthia Pressnall
Brad Ruminer
Robin Runyan
Sarah Schuur
Dawn Secord
Andrea Skalla
Tara Sova
Danny St Cin
Kristan Stelmasiak
Mary Stewart
Jennifer Stockwell
Faith Styx
Justin Squier
Rebecca Timmons
Ashley Turnbow
Jacqueline Tschupp
Lindy Valenzuela
Michael Warren
Markee Woods
Jessica Worthington

Eau Claire
Rebekah Bartz
Stefanie Brenner
Carson Daum
Jackson Harner
Jeremy Sapp
SeAnne Wolske

Edwardsburg
Carl Alwine
Amanda Barella
Daniel Bragg
Matthew Boyer
Hollis Claire
Jessika Clement
Robin Craddock
Travis Demmon-Masten
Kara Edge
Benjamin Fahey
Victor Gutierrez-Schultz
Catherine Harris
Latasha Hobbs
Evan Hollingsworth
Shaunel Jacobs
Michelle LaMore
Lacy Lentine
Velinda McAllister
Tera McClellan
MaKayla McNiel
Chloe Monica
Alyssa Nasco
Nicole Nasco
Rebecca Pace
Jay Penny
Brenden Pozsgai
Misty Qualls
Kara Spencer
Alexander Steinke
Brittani Stutsman
Troy Treat
Heather Valentine
Anders Visser
Ronald Weinberg

Galien
Amy York

Hartford
Joseph Baumeister
Janell Birmele
Julie Briney
Alyssa Groth
Anna Kellogg
Kimberly Ryan
Kailee Weberg
Bethany Woodward

Holland
Mikyla Webb

Jones
Rebecca Scott
Amanda Sedlarik
McKenna Wolf

Kalamazoo
Tiffany Borden
Jennifer Brady
Jasmine Cloud
Alexandria Vorva
Andrea Wright

Lakeside
Travis Drzewiecki

Lawton
Michelle Brooks
Rachel Mroz
Carlee Stoker

Marcellus
Monique Berg
Olivia Brown
Breck Flory
Terry Freer
Cari Gassett
Zachary Gunther
Stacy Harbin
Alyssa Jacobs
Bryn Shugars
Sara Wyman

Morrice
Katherine Sage

New Buffalo
Riley Maniscalco
Kyle Sircher

Niles
Kristina Abshagen
Christina Allen
Tyler Asmus
Gary Barnes
Julie Barnett
Lora Baugher
Dylan Baxter
Christopher Beavo
Monica Bielski
Andrew Bizoe
David Blank
Jason Bonner
Allysa Booe
Lee Brubaker
Rachel Cacho
Holly Cowan
Michael Chappel
Lisa Cherrone
Melissa Cooper
Delaina Croom
Jessica Curtis
Patricia Davis
Jenna Dowling
Demi Firth
Tabitha Gard
Sean Gleason
Rosemary Hamilton
Dakota Harding
Allison Harris
Tyler Hartman
Emily Herman
Matthew Hiestand
Raylin Hinds
Ryan Housing
Katrina Howard
Jonathan Howe
Tanya Humphrey
Brandi Huskey
Cassandra Ivers
Tara Kaiser
Allison Kennedy
Remitha Komaranchath
Hunter Krueger
Brandon Krisher
Alvin Kyles
Tiffany Lawrence
Samantha Leonard
Joelene Little
Tammy Lorenzo
Megan Lutzen
Matthew McCracken
Kaytlyn Miller
Trent Milliken
Amy Mills
Emily Mills
Brittney Molica
Katy Morseau-Rader
Heidi Moore
Allyson Newlin
Alexander Novitzke
Kyle Oppman
Misty Ostrander
Chrystal Pence
Patricia Rader
Gerald Ralston
Nicholas Ratering
Courtney Reed
Ceili Rockhill
Patricia Robinson
Tammy Ropp
Zach Rose
Casey Sandoval
Lois Sattler
Eric Shadix
Earl Shaffer
Warren Simpson
Nicole Skudlarek
Matthew Smith
Penny Smith
Shana Stout
Taylor Stowe
Jennifer Sturdee
Eldra Thomas
Joshua Thomas
Camile Thompson
Chelsea Thompson
Christian Thompson
Christella VanLue
DeLynda Virgil
Larry Wilson
Nicholas Wright

North Branch
Caitlin McCormack

Paw Paw
Kendra Jamison-Marhanka
Rachel Johnson
Barbara Payne
Carol Ross

Pelkie
Molly Wilder

Plainwell
Amanda Haase

Portage
Ashley Stacks

Saint Joseph
Eric Heiney
Brandon Jones
Nick Norton
Sarah Szwabowski
Adam Tiefenbach

Sawyer
Trenton Prentice

Schoolcraft
Lexis Peoples

South Haven
Kendall Jasper
Monica Luna
Thomas Ruthsatz

Stevensville
Alex Agens
Brooke Boyd
Allen Carter
Kevin Underwood
Jordan Varney

Three Oaks
Faith Fultz
Alexander White

Three Rivers
Delaney Beekmans
Paul Chamberlain
Oliver Gabbeart
Shaun Grace
Matthew Jacobs
Vercysia Jorge
Andrea Pisco
Spencer Utter

Troy
Tenai Chaney

Union
Toby Caudill
Nathan Lorenz
Leisa Mann

Vandalia
Anna Brock
Brianna Davis
Sue George
Stephanie Hettmansperger
Cayla Miracle
Wendy Mulder
Ben Thieme
Andrea Wall

Watervliet
Stephanie Cluster
Jessica Dudek
Mary Flagel
Tama Lewis
Christian Lopez
Dale-Samson Sembeba

White Pigeon
Megan Kee
Kristi Pridgeon
Jamie Robinson
Mary Yoder

Wyoming
Steven Brown

Indiana

Bristol
Melissa McClain

Elkhart
Evan Hopper
Melissa Lambright
Linzy Kellogg
Isaac Palacios
Equilla Smith
Katrina Vargas

Goshen
Rolando Alcaraz
Oscar Garcia
Aubrey Wogoman

Granger
Shana Bradstreet
Robert Helms
Alicia Hutchings
Alexander King
Emily Koszyk
Katelyn Morningstar
Eldijana Poskovic
Michael Welsch

La Porte
Esmeralda Guzman

Lakeville
Harrison Huys

Middlebury
Amanda Huff

Mishawaka
Kenneth Burrow
Alison Huyck
Tyler Powell
Kennedy Runyan
Ashley Schrader

Nappanee
Aimee Ludwig

Osceola
Laura Gentry
Dylan Souza

South Bend
Ginny Caudle
Willie Gaddy
Maryann Good
Anthony Grandstaff
LeighAnn Jeffers
Theresa Lingle
Christine Parisey
Andrew Popielski
Marble Simbi-Mujeye
Mallory Stillwagon
Phillip Thompson

Truman, Minn.
Tyler Meyer

Caracas, Venezuela
Gabriela Bastidas Rodriguez

Ferris State University
bachelor degree candidates

Accountancy
Gabriela Bastidas Rodriguez
Destyni L. Carbon
Jessica B. Carlsen
Calvin A. Hall
Tanya R. Humphrey
Joseph E. Lambert
Jaclyn L. Mersereau
Caroline R. Pfliger
Kimberly Reynolds Boswell
Elizabeth A. Weber

Business administration
Allegra L. Coffeen
Jessica L. Crouch
Sharon R. Everman
Cory M. Harding
Megan A. Haynes
Traci D. Henslee
Stacie L. Litty
Drew E. Luthringer
Kristan W. Stelmasiak
Shelby M. Willis

Computer information system
Nicole M. Hunt
Rick D. Watts

Computer information technology
Michael P. Davis
Colin S. McLauchlin
James L. Schrader

Technical and
professional communications

David J. Baltazar
Jenelle Huskey

Human resource management
Tiffany R. Fletcher

Certificate, human
resource management
Jessica L. Crouch
Traci D. Henslee
Stacie L. Litty