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MCC Alumna Samantha Pascal to Deliver Keynote Address at MCC Graduation


Samantha Pascal on campus in 2015.
Samantha Pascal on campus in 2015.

Mott Community College Alumna Samantha Pascal will deliver the commencement address for the College’s graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center, 3501 Lapeer Road in Flint. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled to have Mott Community College alumna Samantha Pascal address our 2019 graduates,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “Samantha was a rising star during her tenure at the college and she is a shining example of what it means to be ‘life-long Mott Strong!”

Pascal transferred to Columbia University from MCC in 2015, and graduated from Columbia in 2018 with a degree in Human Rights. While there, she was a Program for Academic Leadership and Services (PALS) scholar, which led her to co-found Education Outreach, a program to mitigate the disparity between private and public school education in developing countries. The first project targeted public school students in Mali with video lessons to help them prepare for year-end exams.

Pascal is currently a Community Fellow with Immigrant Justice Corps, providing critical high quality legal assistance to the Haitian immigrant community in Brooklyn. She is preparing for the LSAT and plans to attend law school in the Fall of 2020.

Pascal came to the U.S. from Haiti in 2010 at the age of 17, following an earthquake that destroyed her home, killed her mother and left her seriously injured. Her father, Genesee County Sherriff Deputy Prisnor Pascal, spent weeks in Haiti trying to secure medical help and fly his daughter to her new home in Michigan.

She arrived in Flint in the middle of her junior year in high school barely speaking any English. Pascal graduated from Grand Blanc High school in 2011 and started taking classes at Mott College in Spring semester 2012 with the idea that she would transfer to UM-Flint to get a science degree. During her tenure at MCC she was a member of the MCC Honors College, TRiO Program and a French tutor in the Foreign Language Lab.

In 2015 Columbia offered her admission to their prestigious School of General Studies, and named her as a recipient of the PALS scholarship. She credits Mott College with helping her identify and lay the foundation for her dream of making “policies that will help developing countries stabilize their economies. I want to work with and for countries, like my homeland of Haiti, to improve their own economic conditions and to become self-supporting,” she said.

Approximately 500 graduating students will receive associate’s degrees and professional certificates in person on May 4. The Commencement ceremony is an opportunity for the college to pay tribute to its graduates for outstanding efforts shown in earning their degrees and certificates. MCC holds Commencement once a year at the end of the Winter Semester. A total of 1,039 students at MCC are eligible to graduate this year. (Eligible means the students have completed or are within two classes of completing degree requirements). The College offers 42 occupational associate’s degree, four transfer associate’s degree and 50 professional certificate programs.


Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

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