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Front row (left to right) – Bush, Sweeney, Goodman, Adsit. Middle row – Wilterding, Edwards, Hendershott-Kraetzer. Back row – Reed, Juday.

Olivet College recognized nearly 200 graduates during Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 16 at The Cutler Event Center.

The Donald A. Morris Awards are presented each year to the top five graduating seniors with the highest grade point average, and the professor whom each student deems the most influential in his or her academic career.

This year’s honorees include:

Sylvia Adsit, of Olivet, psychology major. Adsit aspires to work with children, and hopes to one day open a daycare center. She selected Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., of Jackson, professor of humanities, as her most influential professor.

Shana Bush, of Alma, psychology and criminal justice double major. Bush is currently earning a master’s degree in social work and mental health from the University of Southern California, and is planning for a career in prisoner rehabilitation. She chose to honor Phil Reed, of Battle Creek, associate professor of criminal justice.

Jenna Edwards, of North Branch, exercise science major. Edwards is pursuing a master’s in exercise physiology from Western Michigan University with plans to become an exercise physiologist and wellness educator. She selected Nick Juday, of Portage, associate professor of health and human performance, as her most influential professor.

Chelsea Goodman, of Reed City, biology major with pre-medical concentration. Goodman is pursuing medical school, with plans to become a doctor of internal medicine and pediatrics. She chose to honor John Wilterding, Ph.D., of Charlotte, professor of biology.

Erin Sweeney, of Southfield, criminal justice major with law enforcement concentration. Sweeney is pursuing a master’s degree in intelligence analysis from the University of Detroit Mercy, and is planning for a career in the intelligence field. She also chose Reed as her most influential professor.

The Donald A. Morris Award was named after a former president of the college. Morris served Olivet from 1977-92.

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