Jackson College will hold in-person outdoor graduation ceremonies


JACKSON, MI — About 250 Jackson College students will cross the stage to receive their diplomas on Saturday.

The college’s Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022 graduates will meet at 11 a.m., April 30, outside Bert Walker Hall on the main Summit Township campus. In the event of inclement weather, the launch ceremonies will take place inside the Potter Center.

The college also started outdoors in September to allow for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing will occur once again on Saturday, with attendees required to sit in designated areas of the Walker Hall parking lot. Professors and staff will be seated on the terrace of the hall.

The launch ceremonies will also honor a pair of alumni with awards. First up is Jackson County Deputy Sheriff Christopher Simpson, who will receive the 2022 Ethelene Jones Crockett Distinguished Alumni Award.

Simpson, who was also recently named a Jackson College board member, previously served as a Jackson police officer for 26 years. He earned college honor through his community leadership with organizations such as the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Jackson County NAACP, Jackson YMCA, and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.

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The college’s 2022 Distinguished Service Award will also be presented to Jackson Junior College alumnus Leland Bassett. In 1986, he co-founded Detroit-based Bassett & Bassett, Inc., a professional services firm based on the arts and sciences of business communication, with his wife, Tina.

The couple also established the Bassett Nursing Scholarship in honor of his mother Vera, “who was instrumental in establishing Jackson College’s nursing program,” college officials said. The scholarship has benefited 300 students so far.

More information about the commencement ceremony can be found on the Jackson College website.

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