Hispanic Latino Commission Celebrates Graduates from Colleges and Universities Across Michigan

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April 9, 2019 – The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) hosted their annual statewide graduation event at Lansing Community College on Friday, April 5. The event celebrated the achievements of Hispanic and Latino graduates from across the state, while also acknowledging the support given by their families, fellow students, faculty, and administrators who helped in achieving this significant moment in their lives.

‘We are proud to honor these students as they celebrate this tremendous accomplishment in their lives,” said LARA Director Orlene Hawks. “Advanced education is one of many important pieces in continuing the economic growth in Michigan, and I look forward to the contributions these graduates will make in their communities going forward.”

The students were individually recognized for their efforts toward obtaining a college degree at the event held at Lansing Community College. Fellow students, family members, faculty, and administrators also were acknowledged for the assistance they provided throughout the graduate’s college journey. More than 100 graduates participated from colleges and universities across the state including Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Western Michigan University, Northern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Lansing Community College, Siena Heights University, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University, and many others.

“I would like to thank Comcast/NBC Universal for sponsoring this event, and LCC for their hospitality as we honor these graduates, their achievements and commitment to their future”, said HLCOM Executive Director Felipe Lopez Sustaita. “We are proud to once again host this event and provide an opportunity for the graduates and their families to celebrate.”

HLCOM strives to market the state's career development services to Michigan Hispanics, encourage initiatives to reduce the high school dropout rates of Hispanic youth, and facilitate efforts to increase the enrollment of Hispanics in post-secondary education and training programs.

The Hispanic Latino Commission strives to market the state's career development services to Michigan Hispanics, encourages initiatives to reduce the high school dropout rates of Hispanic youth, and facilitates efforts to increase the enrollment of Hispanics in post-secondary education and training programs. The commission is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Additional information regarding the commission can be found on their Facebook page and website.

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