Reflections Magazine Issue #54 - Fall 2000 - Page 7

Commencement 2000 ommencement season bubbled with excitement at Siena Heights University which honored nearly 600 graduates at ceremonies held May 7 in Adrian, May 13 in Benton Harbor and May 14 in Battle Creek. The graduation programs honored candidates for associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees who completed their studies in August and December 1999 and May 2000, as well as those expecting to complete degrees in August or December 2000. Congratulations to the newest Siena Heights alumni, whichever site you attended and wherever you received your diploma! At the Adrian campus Commencement, Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, CSB, of Las Cruces, NM, received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Siena Heights. May 7 in Adrian. Jeanetta, of Oak Park, earned a bachelor of applied science degree in allied health and nursing. Denisha, of Detroit, received a bachelor of applied science degree in manufacturing technology. From the Heights 7 Those pictured include: 1. Mike Decker ‘00 and Amanda Young ‘01 2. Jean Boylan ‘61 and Cathy Shiel ‘00 3. Mother and daughter graduates Denisha ‘00 and Jeanetta James ‘00 4. Helen Bommarito ‘00 and her father Vito Bommarito 5. Sisters Stacie ‘00 MA and Yolanda Merriweather ‘00 MA 6. English faculty member Nancy Schumann, Brooke Hine ‘00 and theatre faculty member Mark DiPietro ‘83 7. Jennifer Bine ‘00 8. Lisa Liebach Roland ‘00 celebrating commencement 9. Honorary Degree Recipients Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, CSB 1 2 Sister Act! Sisters Stacie and Yolanda Merriweather of Detroit should have no trouble keeping their Commencement memories clear; what one forgets, the other is sure to remember! The sisters both graduated from Siena Heights University’s Metropolitan Detroit Program in May, earning master’s degrees in human resource development. Stacie is a 1998 bachelor’s degree graduate of Wilberforce University. Yolanda is a 1998 graduate of the Metropolitan Detroit Program, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in community services. 3 4 6 First graduates of SHU at JCC The first graduates of the Siena Heights degree completion program at Jackson Community College participated in Commencement ceremonies on the main campus in Adrian May 7. Among them was Cathy Shiel, who celebrated with her mother, Jean Scholl Boylan ‘61, an Adrian campus graduate (photo #2). 5 7 Mom and daughter graduate together Commencement Day was extraspecial for Jeanetta James and her daughter, Denisha James, who graduated together from Siena Heights University’s Metropolitan Detroit Program on 8 9