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Class of 2020 Graduation Celebrations

 

Olivet College invites you to share in the Class of 2020 Baccalaureate and Graduation celebrations taking place virtually Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16. While the campus may be quiet this spring weekend, the celebrations do not have to be! We encourage ALL Olivetians to honor the Class of 2020 by tuning into the virtual Baccalaureate and graduation celebrations, whether you’re a graduating senior, adult professional or graduate student, junior, sophomore, first-year student, alumnus or member of the faculty or staff.

Olivet College is committed to celebrating our 2020 graduates at a future date with a traditional in-person Commencement ceremony, once it is safe to have such a large gathering with family and friends. Details will be posted on this page when a future date is determined.

 

VIRTUAL GRADUATION CELEBRATION - MAY 16, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020
Premiering HERE on the Olivet College YouTube channel
1 p.m.

Join Olivet College in celebrating the Olivet College Class of 2020 during a special celebration. This celebration is not taking the place of commencement. A traditional campus commencement will be scheduled at a later date.

This special celebration will include the following speakers and highlights.

A Drive Down Memory Lane (photo montague)

Welcome
Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., provost

Remarks
Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., president
Thomas Kolassa ’69, board of trustees chair

Remarks
Laura Barlond-Maas ’88, associate professor of English and mayor of the city of Olivet

Senior Speaker
Abigail Smith

Alumni Well Wishes

Remarks
Joshua Gillespie
Coordinator of Student Success Initiatives
Olivet Opportunity (O2) Coordinator

Closing Remarks
Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., provost

Introduction of the Class of 2020 (listing of graduates)

A Drive Down Memory Lane

Graduation Celebration - Speaker Bios

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., President

Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., joined Olivet College as its 27th president in the fall of 2010. Under President Corey’s leadership, the College recently celebrated its 175th anniversary, successfully concluded the “Charting the Course for the Olivet College of 2020 and Beyond” strategic plan, and completed the Responsible Learners: Responsible Leaders comprehensive campaign, the largest in school history. The campaign has already radically transformed the campus with millions of dollars invested in renovation and new construction projects across campus. During this same period, the College has also accomplished unprecedented new program development, launching 10 new academic programs and 14 new athletic and co-curricular programs.

President Corey also inspired and led the establishment of the Olivet College ADVANTAGE which guarantees students graduation in four years and opportunities for study abroad, internships and research experiences, and community service. Dr. Corey has also upheld a college commitment to leadership development by initiating the President’s Leadership Institute, Employee Leadership Academy and the Women’s Leadership Institute.

Additionally during President Corey’s service, the College has completely redesigned its enrollment strategy, achieving three of the four largest entering classes in college history, increasing the number of on-campus residents by 47%, more than doubling the percentage of minority students to 29%, and achieving a four-year graduation rate that is 19-percentage points higher than the benchmark for similar student bodies.

The College has also dramatically increased its financial strength, increasing total net assets by 98%, endowment by 114%, total enrollment-related revenue by 21%, and achieving the highest financial responsibility score possible for consecutive years.

President Corey holds a doctorate in higher education finance from the University of Arizona, a Master of Business Administration from Cumberland University, a Master of Science from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from California State University at Fresno.

Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., Provost of the College

Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., has served as the Olivet College provost for nine years, and she has spent more than 35 years teaching college classes. She originally served as professor and chair of the Natural and Physical Sciences Department, utilizing her background in biology and entomology, before becoming a senior administrator as vice president and dean for academic affairs. Provost Davis remains connected to her biology roots by teaching biostatistics, a senior-level capstone course.  

Provost Davis earned her bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University, a master’s degree in biology from Bowling Green State University and a doctorate in entomology from Michigan State University. Her doctorate research was in landscape entomology and focused on the ecology and natural enemies of a home lawn pest called the cinch bug. Her post-doctoral work was in sustainable agriculture with a focus on muck crops – a collaboration with commercial celery growers to find biorational solutions to pest problems and reduce pesticide input on this crop in Michigan.

Tom Kolassa ’69, Olivet College Board of Trustees Chair

Tom Kolassa has served as chair of the Olivet College Board of Trustees since 2014. Tom is a 1969 Olivet College graduate. While at Olivet he studied political science and went on to earn a master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 1972.

He has led a successful career in the insurance industry, retiring as senior vice president of HUB International of Battle Creek in 2013. He has also served as owner of Infinisource of Coldwater, a company specializing in human resources and employee benefits.

Tom served Battle Creek for two years as city commissioner, two years as vice mayor and two years as mayor, and he is currently active with the boards of Starr Commonwealth and Southern Michigan Bank and Trust. He is the former board chair of Binder Park Zoo.

Professor Laura Barlond-Maas ’88, City of Olivet Mayor

Laura Barlond-Maas serves as associate professor of English at Olivet College. In addition, she is also the current City of Olivet mayor. Professor Barlond-Maas previously served as the mayor of the City of Olivet from 2001-2005 after serving as a city councilwoman from 1997-2001.

In her role as professor, Professor Barlond-Maas teaches writing and English courses, including honors courses. She also leads a number of faculty development workshops at Olivet College and has developed several long-term courses, such as writing across the curriculum, writing intensive courses, teaching across the curriculum and short-term courses for faculty of all disciplines. In addition, she leads many special projects, including the Advanced Learning Term for first-year students and the Mission Moment program presented at all-employee forums.

Professor Barlond-Maas is a mother of five who lives in Olivet. She has worked at Olivet College since 1990, and she earned a bachelor’s degree from Olivet College in 1988. She also holds a master’s degree from Vermont College of Norwich University.

Joshua Gillespie, Student Success Initiatives Coordinator

Joshua Gillespie serves as the coordinator of student success initiatives at Olivet College. In his role, Joshua works directly with student to help them be successful while on campus and beyond. He has a deep passion for higher education and extensive experience in the field. In his former role as assistant director of residence education and housing services at a Division 1 university, Joshua advised 50 different student organizations and served on the faculty for the “International Engagement Mexico” program.

Abigale Smith, Senior Speaker

Abigale Smith is a business administration major with a management concentration from Sunfield. During her time at Olivet, Abigale has been deeply involved with the Marching Comets, serving as drum major and playing the trumpet. She has also served as the chairperson for the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for suicide prevention, which has become an annual event and the largest student-led fundraiser on campus. Abigale is a fellow of the President’s Leadership Institute and a graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute. After graduation, Abigale plans to join the Peace Corps to serve as an economic development facilitator in Fiji. She hopes to shape her career in social enterprise.

 

 

Virtual Baccalaureate - May 15, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020
Premiering on the Olivet College YouTube channel
7 p.m.

The Baccalaureate ceremony is a time for students to reflect on their years at Olivet College through readings, music, multifaith prayers and other means of expression. Join the Class of 2020 for this memorable event.  

Invocation: Together, Even Though We Are Apart
Caleb Robinson

Reading
“Reaching Goals,” by Dwig Kabra
Amber Willis

Introduction of Faculty Speaker
Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., provost

Faculty Speaker
Rev. Michael Fales

Reading
“Glow,” by Ella Henderson
Marah Heikkila

Reading
“Flourish Like a Palm Tree,” by Pastor Joel Osteen
Ta’Neeka DeMyers

John J. Shipherd Award Introduction and Memorable Moments
Katelyn (Katie) Priest

Reading
“My Second Home,” by Bellis Tart
Taylor Elley

Closing Remarks
Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., president

Alma Mater
Ta’Neeka DeMyers

Benediction
2 Timothy 1:14
Nicole Deweyert

Class of 2020 - Honor Roll of Graduates

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Click here for a souvenir copy of the Class of 2020.

Morris Award Recipients - Top 7

The top graduating seniors with the highest grade point average who completed all coursework through Olivet College are annually honored with the Donald A. Morris Academic Excellence Award. In addition, professors chosen by the students as most influential are also honored. Congratulations to the following students and professors.

Jenna Braschler

Jenna Braschler

Jenna Braschler
Hometown: South Haven
Major: Accounting

Future plans: To have a career in the accounting industry and to obtain my CPA License.
What I will remember most about Olivet College: My time with the Olivet College band program and my Greek house, Alpha Lambda Epsilon.

Most influential faculty member: Professor Jackie Looser

In what ways has your honored professor impacted your learning and experience at Olivet? Professor Looser was one of my accounting professors and my academic adviser. She has always been very supportive and encouraging during my time at Olivet.

Professor Jackie Looser

Professor Jackie Looser

Jackie Looser

Jackie Looser, assistant professor of accounting, has served Olivet College since 2014, first as the chief financial officer for three years before transitioning to the faculty. Professor Looser specializes in accounting, combining her two biggest passions, mentoring young minds and finances.

“Dynamic motivational speaker Les Brown stated, ‘The difference between setting a goal and achieving it is in having a good plan and working it.’ Jenna is a shining example of the truth of this quote. Jenna set her goal to finish at the top tier of her class and to earn enough credits to sit for the CPA test, and she has done that exhibiting academic prowess and integrity. In her first accounting class, Jenna was quick to help her fellow classmates understand the material and was often a leader in the study groups. Since that first semester, Jenna has blossomed into an amazing professional. I have watched Jenna go from being shy and reserved around others to being a leader within the accounting program. She has not only excelled in academics, but was also involved on campus and always looked to help others. I have no doubt she will be a success in whatever path she pursues.” — Professor Looser

 

Nicole Deweyert

Nicole Deweyert
Hometown: Dorchester, Ontario, Canada
Major: Exercise Science

Future plans: I plan to take a short period of time to work until I attend graduate school. I do not know whether I want to get my master’s degree in kinesiology and/or special education, but I have always had a passion for teaching and helping people learn. My ultimate dream and career goal is to become a professor to help inspire others to learn, the way Olivet has done for me.

What I will remember most about Olivet College: Olivet has been my home over the last four years. I have met so many amazing people who have helped me become the person I am today. Everyone at Olivet is a family, and as I became more involved, I was entirely grateful for the environment Olivet is cultivating. I will most remember all the wonderful relationships I have built on campus with faculty and staff and my amazing team, family and friends. Olivet became my home, and I shall always remember the amazing times I have spent here.

Most influential faculty member: Professor KayDee Perry

In what ways has your honored professor impacted your learning and experience at Olivet? Throughout my college career, Professor Perry has not only been my mentor, but she has become part of my family. I knew no matter what I was facing, I could turn to Professor Perry for support, love and sometimes even a little tough love to get me where I needed to go. Professor Perry has inspired me to continue my education and become a professor as she has shown me her passion, love and dedication to her students. Professor Perry has always encouraged me to push myself and test my limits to see what I am capable of. She has taught me life lessons that I will carry with me forever.

Professor KayDee Perry

KayDee Perry
KayDee Perry, assistant professor of health and human performance, has served Olivet College since 2012, teaching a number of physical education courses, as well as math and self and community. Professor Perry goes beyond her teaching duties to serve as a positive and uplifting influence every day.

“As a student and an athlete, Nicole excelled. She was dedicated to her studies, devoted extra time in her work when needed, asked questions in class and engaged with our department outside of class. She has a desire to constantly grow and evolve — she always wants to become better. This was evident as a student-athlete, too. She has earned numerous recognitions as a member of our golf team where she was also a captain. Nicole is a leader — she is PLI fellow, past president of the HHP Department’s honor society PEK, she assisted with academic advising and always offered to help our department. In her four years, Nicole has chased dreams, changed dreams and found herself. She has made me a better professor, adviser and mentor. I am thankful for her dedication, grit and passion. I trust she will be a constant model of what it means to be an Olivetian as she keeps achieving big dreams and finding bigger dreams to chase.” — Professor Perry 

Marah Heikkila

Marah Heikkila

Marah Heikkila
Hometown: Bellevue
Majors: English and Cultural Studies

Future plans: I will be attending Eastern Michigan University to earn my M.A. in literature. I also plan to teach abroad and eventually earn my Ph.D.

What I will remember most about Olivet College: One thing I’ll remember most about Olivet are the resources and opportunities available to students. I had attended another university prior to coming to OC, and Olivet ended up being my home. The amount of time Professors Laura Barlond-Maas and Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., have put into mentoring me has left a mark on me. The atmosphere and the challenges in both my major and outside of my major have shaped my drive and helped me realize my full potential.

Most influential faculty member: Professor Laura Barlond-Maas ’88

In what ways has your honored professor impacted your learning and experience at Olivet? I want to recognize Professor Barlond-Maas because she was the first person who encouraged me to take risks. She made my transfer to Olivet easy and gave me a place within the major to feel like a family. She pushed me throughout these four years, not accepting anything less than what I could do. Her standards were high and they really helped shape me into the student I am today and the student I will continue to be in graduate school. She has been there through a lot, always offering advice and putting so much of herself into her work. She is my role model, someone I look up to and want to emulate when I teach.

Professor Laura Barlond-Maas

Laura Barlond-Maas ’88
Laura Barlond-Maas serves as associate professor of English at Olivet College. In addition, she is also the current city of Olivet mayor. Professor Barlond-Maas has been a member of the OC family since her own time as a student, and she is proudly dedicated to her students and community.

“Working with Marah is not like work at all: she loves learning! She consistently challenges herself — and me! — to develop projects that will make her think outside the box, so she is never bored. More than just challenging herself in classes, Marah came to each class with the goal of assisting her colleagues in the class to learn as well. She found a home in the English program — as a student leading discussions, as a writing tutor, as president of Sigma Tau Delta, as a sought-after project partner, as a friend to all — and she will leave an empty space here to ensure we will remember her for a long time to come.” — Professor Barlond-Maas 

Ashton Osborne

Ashton Osborne
Hometown: Detroit
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication

Future plans: I plan on starting my career within the field of visual communication. I would like to work with photography and video after graduation.

What I will remember most about Olivet College: The people that I have met at Olivet. The relationships that I made in college are some of the most valuable to me and have had the most impact on me as a person.
Most influential faculty member: Professor Daine Pavloski ’13

In what ways has your honored professor impacted your learning and experience at Olivet? Professor Pavloski has been heavily involved in my undergraduate career over the last four years. He has been a mentor and helped me realize and cultivate my passions within my major. He has been extremely helpful as the adviser to WOCR and has helped me become an effective station manager. He challenges students, and his guidance over the years has helped me grow so much professionally.

Professor Daine Pavloski

Daine Pavloski ’13
Assistant Professor of Media Studies Daine Pavloski ‘13 has been a member of the Olivet College faculty since 2016, first as an adjunct before taking on a full-time teaching role. Professor Pavloski recognized the impact of the private, liberal arts education paired with individualized attention and personal relationships during his own time as a student, and he was eager to return to OC to give current students the same opportunities.

“It has been my pleasure to watch Ashton grow as a student, a communicator and a person through her last four years in the JMC program. In that time, she has transformed from a shy freshman that hated hearing the sound of her own voice in broadcast classes, to a confident, vocal leader both in and out of the classroom. Inside the classroom, Ashton continuously creates compelling content through her coursework, and outside of the classroom, she has led by example in many ways, including as WOCR station manager during her senior year. Beyond JMC, Ashton has taken numerous opportunities to get involved around campus, including the President’s Leadership Institute, the Women’s Leadership Institute, the OC Marching Band and serving as president of Alpha Lambda Epsilon, just to name a few. Overall, Ashton’s exemplary work in the classroom, as well as her involvement across campus, makes her a prime example of what it truly means to be an Olivet College Comet.” — Professor Pavloski 

Brandie Pomeroy

Brandie Pomeroy

Brandie Pomeroy
Hometown: Plainwell
Major: Criminal Justice with Concentrations in Corrections and Law Enforcement

Future plans: I am planning to work as a correctional officer within a county jail in Michigan. I am hoping to work my way up in my department and would like to retire as a sergeant or lieutenant. I would also love to work as a field training officer.

What I will remember most about Olivet College: I will remember walking along the sidewalks as fall turned to winter, searching for leaf imprints on the cement. For me, the imprints were part of the campus’ natural beauty and part of why I fell in love with OC at the beginning. Over the course of my four years, I took a photo with a leaf imprint each year, and I will forever cherish them because while I changed and campus changed, the leaf imprints and my memories of the College will always be the same.

Most influential faculty member: Professor Michael Sherzer

In what ways has your honored professor impacted your learning and experience at Olivet? Professor Sherzer has been the adviser of the Criminal Justice Honor Society (CJHS) for my four years at Olivet College. In his role, he was always encouraging me to become an e-board member because it looked good on a resume. Not only did taking on the role of vice president and eventually president of the CJHS look good on my resume, but it also allowed me to come out of my shell. His encouragement led to my personal development. When I first arrived, I was a quiet freshman, uncertain of where she was going, but my roles on the e-board of the CJHS helped shape who I have become.

Professor MIke Sherzer

Professor MIke Sherzer

Michael Sherzer
Michael Sherzer, assistant professor of criminal justice, retired as a lieutenant from the Battle Creek Michigan Police Department in 2010, after completing just over 25 years of service. He then spent 10 years on the Olivet College faculty before announcing his retirement in spring 2020. Professor Sherzer’s real-world law enforcement experience has been a great asset to students during classroom learning.

“I remember Brandie as a freshman. She kept to herself and would not talk to anyone. As with a lot of freshmen, they learn and grow. When she became active in the Criminal Justice Honor Society, I was glad to see her seek not just any office, but the president position. I was proud to watch her gain the confidence to lead. Now it is hard to keep her quiet. Brandie is an asset to the criminal justice program, and she will be missed.” — Professor Sherzer 

Bailey Saraceno

Bailey Saraceno

Bailey Saraceno
Hometown: Sterling Heights
Major: Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing

Future plans: I would like to start my career in marketing for small business owners who do not have the money to afford top-end marketers. I want to be the person who creates an idea that brings their company from unknown to the talk of the town. I hope to travel while serving small businesses so I can see and learn more about the different places around me. After building five to seven years of experience, I would like to have a job at a known corporation. I hope to have a home and family and a career to support my family. Travel and photography are two of my lifelong hobbies that I hope to enjoy regardless of where I end up.

What I will remember most about Olivet College: What I will remember most about Olivet College is my home, Alpha Lambda Epsilon. The people there have helped me through some of the toughest times in my life, and I am not sure I could have gotten through it without them. They are a big part of my success at the College. They pushed me to be my best and challenged me. I took on many leadership positions throughout the house that helped me break out of my shell and prepare for the board rooms of my career.

Most influential faculty member: Professor Michael Oyster ’77

In what ways has your honored professor impacted your learning and experience at Olivet? While many of my professors have helped me throughout my years at Olivet College, Professor Oyster stands out. I am so glad to have had a professor who cared so much about me and making sure I achieved my goals. Every time I was feeling discouraged, he assured me that my hard work would pay off in the end. Professor Oyster’s advice has helped me change my way of thinking. He challenged me to think intensely, and I have broadened my way of thinking. I am grateful that I had a professor who pushed me to look at the world through a different lens. Mostly, I am beyond thankful that I had a professor who believed in me and my ability to do well.

Professor Mike Oyster

Professor Mike Oyster

Michael Oyster ’77
Michael Oyster, chair of the Business Administration Department and assistant professor of business administration, has served the College since 2012. He is a former CEO of publicly traded and private companies, a multinational corporate executive and entrepreneur. Professor Oyster is responsible for teaching courses, leading the Phi Beta Lambda honor society for business majors and minors, and working to increase experiential learning opportunities for Olivet’s business students.

“Since the day she arrived on campus, Bailey has demonstrated her outstanding character and commitment to excellence — as a student, as a leader and as an individual. I have been delighted to watch as Bailey has emerged from student to a true leader with a heart of service to others. Always a top student, Bailey would accept nothing short of perfection in her personal efforts as she set her sights on being one of the best in the College. In her quest, Bailey was frequently questioning, even challenging, herself and others (especially me) to make sure she could be the best she could be. It has been great to walk with Bailey as she began to realize that the world of black and white is really many shades of gray and even a multitude of colors. Through this journey, I have seen Bailey grow into a powerful leader of the next generation. I am proud of Bailey and look forward to her next great accomplishments representing the best of Olivet College.” — Professor Oyster 

Abigale Smith

Abigale Smith

Abigale Smith
Hometown: Sunfield
Major: Business Administration with a Concentration in Management

Future plans: My future plans include joining the Peace Corps where I’ll be serving as a community economic development facilitator in Fiji for two years.

What I will remember most about Olivet College: What I will remember most about Olivet College are all the moments in between classes with my professors and friends where we would laugh, joke and catch up on life. The relationships I’ve been able to build at Olivet College will last a lifetime, and I’m so grateful for all of the people I’ve met and all of the memories I’ve made. I’ll remember my Olivet College family the most, for sure.

Most influential faculty member: Jeremy Duby

In what ways has your honored professor impacted your learning and experience at Olivet? Mr. Duby was the first person I met on campus, and he has remained the person I go to with all the things college has thrown my way. His passion for music and his craft are contagious, and they transfer to his student-musicians. He’s been there for me through the good times and bad times and has always provided sound advice and support. He’s not only challenged me to become a better musician, but also a better student and an overall better person. He knows I’m not afraid of a challenge or hard work and often times has used this knowledge to push me even harder. He has always seen something in me that I’ve had trouble seeing in myself. His undying support and belief in me has made all the difference.

Jeremy Duby

Jeremy Duby

Jeremy Duby
Jeremy Duby is the director of bands at Olivet College where he conducts the College Wind Ensemble and Marching Comets. Since his tenure as the director of bands, the program has undergone significant growth and is receiving national and international recognition. He is known for instilling a passion for music in future Comets, current students and the entire college community.

“It has been an absolute delight working with Abigale these past four years. From day one, Abby came into the band program full of energy and vision. Her drive and passion in her quest for knowledge and servitude is unrivaled and has played a key role in the building of the Marching Comets and their international acclaim. Her passion brought the Out of the Darkness Walk to campus and brought a new awareness as well as resources for mental health on our campus. As drum major, she was the quintessential ambassador to the band program. She has helped nourish the culture of the Marching Comets while also playing a key role in the reform of its leadership structure. I have enjoyed her open mind and attention to detail as we built structures and events on campus. Even in the most stressful times of planning or performing, she always has a smile on her face, a musical quote and an uplifting get-it-done attitude. She is always ready for the next project, asking ‘now what?’ during lulls in the office. Abby is going to do remarkable things in the world, and I am going to miss working with her.” — Jeremy Duby

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

Virtual Honors Week

In lieu of our traditional Honors Convocation, Student Engagement Awards and Multicultural Awards celebrations, this spring we are launching a Virtual Honors Week celebration the week of May 11-15. Please watch for stories released via the College’s social media and invitations to small virtual awards celebrations for honorees and their families, hosted by academic departments and student engagement team members via Zoom. Awardees will receive personal invitations to Zoom sessions for the live virtual awards celebrations. Names of honorees will also be published here after awards celebrations.

Monday, May 11

6:00 p.m.
Office of Student Engagement – Clubs and Organizations Awards
Host: Jason Meadows, associate dean of student engagement
Awards to be presented:

  • Accounting Student Organization Member Awards
  • Gamma Iota Sigma Breakout Freshman of the Year
  • Gamma Iota Sigma Member of the Year
  • Gamma Iota Sigma Officer of the Year
  • Gamma Iota Sigma Behind the Scenes Star
  • Echo Reporter of the Year
  • WOCR Staff Member of the Year
  • Garfield Lake Review Staff Member of the Year
  • Beth Page Student Employee of the Year Award

6:30 p.m.
Academic Honors and Awards – Health and Human Performance and Athletics
Host: Kevin Rabineau, Ph.D., associate professor of health and human performance
Awards to be presented:

  • Jare Klein Excellence Award
  • Debra Tighe Memorial Award
  • Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards
  • Linda Hoover Athletic/Scholastic Achievement Award
  • Walter B. Sprandel Athletic/Scholastic Achievement Award
  • All-Scholar Performance Team

7:00 p.m.
Academic Honors and Awards – Business and Insurance
Host: Mike Oyster, chair of business administration department and assistant professor of business administration
Awards to be presented:

  • Accounting Student of the Year
  • Economics and Business Department Student of the Year
  • Management Student of the Year
  • Marketing Student of the Year
  • Outstanding Financial Planning Student of the Year
  • Risk Management and Insurance Student of the Year
  • Charles M. Trubac Insurance Senior Award
  • Computer Science Achievement Award
  • Computer Science/IT Student of the Year
  • Business Department Social Responsibility Award
  • James H. Crosby Award
  • Jack Butterick Insurance Company Scholarship
  • Frankenmuth Insurance Company Scholarship
  • Hasting Mutual
  • Ruth Truback Scholarship
  • Doug Federau Scholarship
  • Roy Westran Scholarship Fund
Tuesday, May 12

6:00 p.m.
Office of Student Engagement – Greek Life Awards
Host: Jason Meadow, associate dean of student engagement
Awards to be presented:

  • Cecilia A. Campañá Award
  • Helen King Gethman Award
  • Vera Riethmiller Award
  • Student Life Greek Award
  • Greek Honors Cup
  • Michael Fales Greek Service Cup
  • Greek Academic Achievement Award
  • Most Improved Greek Society
  • Greek Advisor of the Year Award

6:30 p.m.
Academic Honors and Awards – Social Sciences
Host: Cea Noyes, J.D., chair of social science department and professor of sociology and anthropology
Awards to be presented:

  • Outstanding Achievement in Criminal Justice: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Outstanding Achievement in History
  • Outstanding Achievement in Psychology
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sociology /Anthropology
  • Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice Professional Program
  • William Burns Memorial

7:00 p.m.
Academic Honors and Awards – Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Host: Susanne Lewis, Ph.D., chair of natural and physical sciences department, director of chemistry program and professor of chemistry
Awards to be presented:

  • Mathematics Award
  • David N. Cutler ’65 Endowed Scholarship
  • ACS Outstanding Graduating Student in the Chemical Sciences
  • ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award
  • David N. Cutler ’65 Endowed Scholarship
  • Richard C. Fleming Ecology and Field Biology Prize
  • Fred Gruen Chemistry Assistantship
  • Outstanding Senior in Science Award
  • Rasmussen-Reames Pre-Medical Scholarship
  • Edward P. Speare Biology Scholarship
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Award
Wednesday, May 13

6:00 p.m.
Office of Student Engagement – Multicultural Honors and Awards
Host: Jason Meadows, associate dean of student engagement
Awards to be presented:

  • Diversity Award
  • Olivet College Perseverance Award
  • Freshman Award for Leadership
  • Sophomore Award for Leadership
  • Junior Award for Leadership
  • Senior Award for Leadership
  • Multicultural Academic Achievement Award
  • Award for Multicultural Leadership
  • The Faculty/Staff Award for Promoting Diversity
  • Rita J. Bunton Commitment Award
  • Gospel Choir Award

7:00 p.m.
Academic Honors and Awards – Arts and Humanities
Host: Meredith Dodson, chiar of arts and humanities department, director of writing program, assistant professor of writing
Awards to be presented:

  • Laura Berghorst-Verplank Scholarship
  • James R. Donohue Award in Arts and Communication
  • Douglas and Blanche Gallery Scholarship in Journalism
  • Al and Mary Ann Gilmour Scholarship
  • Antoinette Green Prize in English
  • Excellence in English Award
  • Media Prize
  • Chorister of the Year Award
  • Instrumentalist of the Year Award
  • Gospel Choir Award
  • Ivis Larson Carlson Music Scholarship
  • Helmer & Larida Petersen Endowed Music Scholarship
  • Thelma Pryor Music Scholarship
  • Samuel Robinson Music Scholarship
  • Justus W. Cohoe Art Scholarship & Evelyn Gray Anderson Memorial Workshop and Travel Scholarship
  • Visual Arts Department Honors
  • Wolfgang Meider Award
Thursday, May 14

6:00 p.m.
Office of Student Engagement and Residence Life Awards
Host: Jason Meadows, associate dean of student engagement
Awards to be presented:

  • Legacy Award
  • Volunteer Member of the Year Award
  • Office of Student Engagement Advisor of the Year
  • Excellence in Programming Award
  • Student Organization of the Year
  • Student Government Association Leadership Award
  • Student Club and Organization Advisor of the Year Award
  • The Faculty Award for Dedication to the Office of Student Engagement
  • The Staff Award for Dedication to the Office of Student Engagement
  • The Physical Plant Employee Award for Dedication to the Office of Student Engagement
  • Office of Student Engagement Coach of the Year
  • Appreciation Award to Athletic Teams Displaying Compact Behavior
  • Appreciation for Outstanding Service to the Parent Advisory Council
  • Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership
  • Commuter Student of the Year Award
  • Resident Advisor of the Year
  • Resident Advisor Program of the Year
  • Outstanding Intramural Employees and Intramural Champions
  • Good Neighbor Awards
  • Outstanding Campus Safety Student Worker
  • Outstanding Campus Safety Worker
  • Good Neighbor 2019-20: Shipherd Hall, Dole Hall, Blair Hall
  • Outstanding IM Employees
  • IM Champions 2019-20

7:00 p.m.
Office of the President and Alumni Council Awards
Host: Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., provost
Awards to be presented:

Office of Alumni Engagement (presented by Beth Romeo, senior director of alumni engagement and annual giving)

  • Ellyn ’36 and Lane ’40 Breidenstein Endowed Alumni Council Scholarship
  • William Buchanan Award
  • Jim Coleman Prize
  • Lenora Belle Hazard Memorial Award
  • Marty (Mason) Jennings ’67 Endowed Alumni Council Scholarship
  • David C. Pywell ’69 Memorial Alumni Council Scholarship
  • Rev. Grafton ’37 & Ruth ’38 Thomas Alumni Council Scholarship
  • Joan Johnson Wagner ’45 Alumni Council Scholarship

Community Responsibility Awards

  • Leadership in Service and Service Learning Award (presented by Rev. Mike Fales, director of service learning and campus ministries, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies and Jacob Richards, community service coordinator, director of the Difference Maker Scholarship)
  • Women’s Board Scholarship Recipients (presented by Joanne Williams)

Office of Inclusion and Diversity (presented by Linda Logan, Ph.D., vice president and chief inclusion officer, professor of sociology and anthropology)

  • Inclusion Excellence Student Award
  • Inclusion Excellence Faculty/Staff Award

Office of Academic Affairs and Office of the President

  • 2020 President’s Leadership Institute Fellows (presented by Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., president)
  • 2020 Olivet College Women’s Leadership Program Graduates (Jamilia Johnson, Women’s Leadership Institute coordinator and recruiter)
  • 2020 Hiram Archer Scholars (Joshua Gillespie, coordinator of student success initiatives)
  • Donald A. Morris Award – Top Graduates (Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., president)
  • Art and Charlotte Stevens Award (Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., provost)
  • Outstanding Adjunct Instructor (Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., provost)
  • Doctors Gorton and Peggy Riethmiller Awards (Maria G. Davis, Ph.D., provost):
    Outstanding Administrator
    Excellence in Teaching
    Excellence in Advising
    Excellence in Scholarship
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I receive my diploma?

Diploma packages for May 2020 graduates will be mailed this year. Please note there has been a delay in their shipment due to the pandemic. Our goal is to have these packages mailed in early June. Honor cords will be included in the mailing for students who have earned them.

August 2020 graduates will receive diplomas their graduation date in August.

If you have any questions about your diploma, please email Nicole Baker, assistant dean for academic records, or call 269-749-7390.

What if I ordered a cap and gown?

If you ordered a cap and gown, it will be mailed in the same package as our diploma.

How do I get an official transcript?

You will receive one official and one unofficial transcript in your diploma package that will be mailed to you by June 1.

August 2020 graduates will receive transcripts with their diplomas their graduation date in August.

Additional official transcripts may be ordered online.

If you have any questions about your transcript, please email Leslie Sullivan, registrar, or call 269-749-7638.

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