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Macomb Community College celebrates 96th commencement

– Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:00AM

More than 900 associate degrees to be awarded

Macomb Community College is celebrating the accomplishments of its Fall 2016 graduates to whom more than 900 associate degrees are being awarded.  The college’s 96th commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m., at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Macomb’s Center Campus in Clinton Township.

The commencement speaker and recipient of the Most Distinguished Graduate award is Donald DeVolder, of Sterling Heights, who will receive an associate of applied science degree in information technology. While attending Macomb, he was instrumental in starting the Cybersecurity Club at the college’s South Campus in Warren. DeVolder plans to complete his bachelor’s degree in technology management through Eastern Michigan University, taking his classes at the Macomb University Center, located at Center Campus.

DeVolder, who served in the U.S. Army for six years, is currently employed as a U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) civilian working in cybersecurity. He hopes to become a cybersecurity officer and, eventually, an information assurance cybersecurity manager with the DOD.

“I had to obtain two difficult certifications for my work, and I know my education at Macomb assisted me in successfully obtaining those certifications on my first effort,” DeVolder said. “My educational experiences prior to Macomb generated a lack of confidence and feeling of academic failure. However, Macomb’s environment of embracing student success through continuous learning and professional development has led me to achieve goals I never thought possible.”

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 44,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560, wirthp@macomb.edu