Jackson and Lansing Celebrate Graduates!

We hosted graduation ceremonies for our Jackson and Lansing campuses, on Friday, May 10.

The Lansing ceremony for 113 students was held at Grand Ledge Auditorium, 820 Spring Street. The keynote speaker was Denise Dostillio, the human resources recruiter for McClaren Hospital. The student speaker was Betty Drumheller, who graduated from the ophthalmic assistant program. They were joined by a surprise student speaker, Ariel Mitz, who graduated from the network administration program.

“I have watched students walk through the door unsure of themselves and afraid of what the future holds for them,” said CQLC Vice President of Student Affairs Mollie Woodworth. “What they soon realize is that they are far more capable than what they realize. It is such a tremendous joy to celebrate this accomplishment and to see them close one chapter and start a brand new one.”

Jackson’s ceremony for 40 graduates was held at 7:00 p.m. at the Commonwealth Commerce Center ballroom, 209 E. Washington Ave. The keynote speaker was Tony Curtis, the board treasurer for Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County. He was joined by medical assistant student Clara Olszewski.

“We are very proud of each of our graduates and respect the time, effort, and dedication each has put forth to achieve their goal of graduation,” said CQLC Chief Academic Officer David Heckeler. “We also greatly appreciate the support family members and friends have provided our graduates, helping them achieve this important milestone.”

Click here for more graduation photos. Jackson photos were taken by Red Soats Photography. Lansing photos were taken by Jane Henry (who doubles as our ophthalmic instructor!)  


“Coming here after I was laid off at my job actually gave me an appetite for more education.” 


“They personally know you and I think that’s the difference between a community college and Career Quest.”