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Olivet College Commencement scheduled for May 16
May 04, 2009

Olivet College will recognize more than 200 seniors as part of graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 16 at noon at the Cutler Athletic Complex. Baccalaureate will be held Friday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Olivet Congregational Church. In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the Cutler Event Center.

The Commencement speaker is Rev. Nicholas Hood III, senior pastor of the Plymouth United Church of Christ. Hood graduated from Wayne State University in 1973 with a degree in economics. He then earned a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1976. After graduating from Yale, he returned to Detroit to work with his father as the associate minister of the Plymouth United Church of Christ. After serving in this capacity for eight years, he became the senior pastor in 1984. With an emphasis on local, national and international missions, Hoods church gives free computers to high achieving youth who live in the medical center area of Detroit, provides assistance to those affected by Hurricane Katrina, offers a free overnight camp for inner-city youth and coordinates a medical mission to Ethiopia, among other initiatives. Currently, Rev. Hood sits on three boards: the Yale Divinity School Board of Alumni Affairs, the SIDS Tomorrows Child Board of Directors and Childrens Hospital of Michigan.

Ashley Adams, of Brighton, is the senior class speaker. The Baccalaureate speaker is Kellie ODowd, of Jackson. Also speaking at Baccalaureate are Jennifer Martin, of Taylor; Jessica Petkus, of Milford; and Kyle Vanderhyde, of Sparta. Todd Hibbs, assistant professor of HPERS, was chosen by the senior class to speak.

For more information, call (269) 749-7164 or visit Olivets Web site at www.olivetcollege.edu.


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