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Olivet College Commencement scheduled for May 15
May 06, 2010

Olivet College will recognize almost 200 seniors as part of graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 15 at 1 p.m. at The Cutler Event Center. Baccalaureate will be held Friday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. in the Olivet Congregational Church. Following Baccalaureate, Olivet College will honor outgoing president Don and Louise Tuski with a barbecue at the colleges Kirk Center.

The Commencement speaker is David Campbell, who has served the Olivet School District for 18 years. As Olivet High School principal, he helped open the new high school facility, has been instrumental in hiring half of the schools current staff, helped improve the quality of technology, facilitated the restructuring of the school day so students and staff could concentrate on fewer classes, and helped revitalize the schools fine arts program.

In August 2000, Campbell was promoted to superintendent. Of his dedication to learning, he has said, Education is a process that is never finished since we should never stop learning. I view my position in much the same way. The job is never finished, as there is always room for improvement in an organization this size.

For his work, he was recently named the 2010 Michigan Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

Campbell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in education with a major in history and social science. He earned his masters degree in educational leadership from Illinois State University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University. In honor of Campbells work, Olivet College will award him the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Also receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, is Al Gilmour. Gilmour was hired by Olivet College President M. Gorton Riethmiller in 1958 to serve as the colleges dean of students. He later became director of admissions, as well. In this capacity, he recruited students from all over the United States and other countries, almost doubling the student body. During the 1962-63 academic year, there were 22 international students and American students from 27 different states. President Riethmiller appointed Gilmour his administrative assistant in 1963. In this capacity, Gilmour initiated a major fundraising campaign which led to the construction of the Lester K. Kirk Center, Shipherd Hall and the Mott Academic Center.

Melinda Timm, of Three Rivers, is the senior class speaker. Speaking at Baccalaureate are Johanna Hughes, of Detroit; Blake Walters, of Olivet; Lauren Siedlik, of Livonia; Amy Whitesall, of Chelsea; Kelly Collins, of Olivet; and Ben Hitchcock, of New Lothrop. Matt Wait, J.D., director of the Global Citizen Honors Program, co-director of judicial affairs, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and assistant tennis coach, was chosen by the senior class to speak.

For more information, call (269) 749-7131 or visit Olivets Web site at www.olivetcollege.edu.


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