Macomb Community College to celebrate 110th commencement May 3

Monday, April 29, 2024 01:00 PM

Macomb Community College graduates from winter semester 2023 anxiously await their turn to walk across the stage.
Macomb Community College students graduating in December 2023 await their turn to walk across the stage.

Macomb Community College to celebrate 110th commencement May 3

Three students to share their Macomb experiences during the ceremony

Macomb Community College will hold its 110th commencement ceremony at the Sports and Expo Center on Macomb’s South Campus in Warren Friday, May 3, 7 p.m. Nearly 550 graduating students are expected to participate in the ceremony. The college will award approximately 1,300 associate degrees for the winter semester.

“Our graduates have embraced the process of growing, discovering new concepts, worlds and possibilities, and connecting to new resources, tools and opportunities,” said Macomb Community College President James O. Sawyer IV during his remarks.

Three of the graduating students will share their success stories at Macomb during the ceremony.

Robin Averitt, 34, from Roseville, the first in her family to graduate college, credits her two children for motivating her to go back to college after a fourteen-year gap.

“I wanted to be the role model I always needed,” said Averitt. “I didn’t want them to ever think that walking across this stage was a dream out of their reach like I once did.”

Averitt earned an associate degree of applied science in nursing and plans to attend Detroit Mercy to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Ultimately, she would like to teach nursing.

David Hendren, 31, from Chesterfield, equates his Macomb experience with a race he competes in every year called the Tough Mudder, where some obstacles can be conquered alone while others require a team effort.

“This is what many of my classmates did for me,” said Hendren. “I came to Macomb to not only push myself but those around me. I wanted to pursue my passion for physical therapy and hopefully inspire others along the way.”

Hendren earned an associate degree of applied science, physical therapist assistant. His immediate plans are to become a certified physical therapist assistant and, in the future, pursue his doctorate in physical therapy.

Kyra Jefferson, 23, from Chesterfield, earned an associate degree in general studies. During her commencement address, Jefferson explained the challenges faced by Macomb graduates, including a worldwide pandemic, in terms of the second law of thermodynamics or entropy.

“The only way to counteract this is to keep going,” said Jefferson. “To keep exploring, to seize every opportunity, and to fight for what we believe in regardless of the never-ending chaos of the universe.”

Jeferson is enrolled at Eastern Michigan University to complete her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and also plans to earn a master’s degree.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is about transforming lives and communities through the power of education, enrichment and economic development. Macomb grants the largest number of associate degrees in Michigan and is the largest community college in the state. The college provides programming for youth through seniors, including early college for high school students, university transfer and career preparation programs, workforce education, continuing education and certification, and a wide range of enrichment opportunities encompassing arts, culture and lifelong learning.

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