GRCC Readies for Distinguished Alumni - Recipient(s) to be Honored at Spring Commencement

Grand Rapids Community College is taking applications for its annual Distinguished Alumni Award presented annually at the college’s commencement ceremonies. 

The award honors a GRCC/JC alumnus who has achieved substantial public recognition for his/her accomplishments or successes.  Previous honorees include Dr. James V. Buzzitta, Founder of Michigan Medical P.C.; Janice L. Maggini, GRCC Board of Trustees (1991-2011), and Retired Administrator with Wyoming Public Schools; the Honorable Sara J. Smolenski, Chief Judge, 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids; and David Custer, chair of the GRCC Foundation and president of Custer, Inc.

To be eligible for nomination, the nominee should have: 

  • Earned 30 or more credit hours from GRCC/JC, and
  • Earned the respect and trust of his/her associates in his/her chosen field, or
  • Made substantial contributions to the good of his/her fellow human beings or be recognized as an outstanding practitioner of his/her profession or vocation, or
  • Served as a motivational force for others in a positive manner.

Nominations are due March 1, 2012, and can be obtained at the GRCC Foundation office in the College Park Plaza building on campus, or by

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.