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Special Award Winners Announced During Glen Oaks Commencement
Saturday May 05, 2018 9:40am
Centreville, MI

By: Mike Stiles

Cheryl VanderPloeg (photo courtesy of GOCC)

(CENTREVILLE) – Friday night was the 50th annual commencement ceremony at Glen Oaks Community College.

There were 179 pending graduates receiving degrees or certificates that walked across the stage in Ken Schuler Court. The average age of the graduates was 25 years old, with the youngest being 17 years old and the most senior graduate being 58 years young.

In addition, several special award winners were also recognized during the evening. Christopher D. Gosling was named the winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award; David Allen was named the Fellows Award winner; the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award was given to Carol Weatherford; Amanda Ludwig received the Outstanding Service Award and the President's Award was given to Seth Burpee.

Another special award was presented Friday night. The E.J. Shaheen Teaching Excellence Award was given to Cheryl VanderPloeg, a full time nursing faculty member. This is her first year teaching, having most recently served as a nurse at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Medical Center Community Living Center.

The E.J. Shaheen Award is named for one of the original members of the Glen Oaks Board Of Trustees. It is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member who exemplifies high professional standards; demonstrates excellence in teaching and whose position as a faculty member reflects upon the education to their students and the quality of education.
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