Northern Michigan University celebrates 2018 Spring Commencement

By  | 

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - NMU students have a lot to be proud of at this year’s 2018 Spring Commencement at the Superior Dome.

825 students walked across the stage, earning undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees.

Alexandra Camarillo-Lugo from Lake Forest, California, received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and addressed her class as this year’s student speaker, and reflected on the success of the 2018 class in the last four years and what's to come.

"I'm really excited to get my Bachelor's. I'm a first generation student and I know my whole family is here, we're all so excited. I know that I wouldn't have been able to make the connections and the friends anywhere else. My professors I'm so grateful to them because they've helped me along the way. I've been here for five years and they have shaped me into the person I am today," explains Tamara Hunter, who received a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Governor Rick Snyder served as commencement speaker and shared life lessons and looking towards the future. He included eight key points in his address, including being the best at something, finding your passion, treating others with respect, having life balance, and engaging in positive action and civility.

"I think for all the DNP students, this has been a journey for us for quite a long time going through undergraduate school, some of us getting our Master's and now finally our Doctorate. It’s exciting to be done and to get out there and to care for patients in our community," says Rhian Dalgord, who received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

This year's graduates also included 119 students who will graduate in August.

Congratulations to all!