Mayor Rosalynn Bliss to give keynote address at GRCC’s commencement



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

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April 18, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A groundbreaking mayor will share her journey with Grand Rapids Community College graduates as this year's commencement speaker.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is the keynote speaker for the ceremony, which will take place at 7 p.m. April 29 at the Van Andel Arena, 130 Fulton St. W. 

"GRCC is successful, in part, because of our relationship with the city of Grand Rapids," said President Dr. Steven C. Ender. "We are delighted to have someone of Mayor Bliss’ stature, who is a role model and change agent, address our students, celebrate their success and impart her wisdom as they prepare to begin the next phase of their life.”

Bliss became Grand Rapids' first female mayor when she took office in January after serving as a city commissioner for 10 years. She also is director of residential services at D.A. Blodgett-St. John's and is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University's School of Social Work.

"Grand Rapids Community College is an important part of our city – and its students play an integral role in shaping our city’s future,” Bliss said. “It is an honor to be part of GRCC’s commencement ceremony. I look forward to joining faculty and the entire GRCC community, including friends and family members of those graduating, in celebrating the students’ accomplishments.”

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.