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Dawn Jones is keynoter at MCC’s first-ever Virtual Graduation

05/21/2020

Dawn Jones
Dawn Jones

WJRT-TV12 News Anchor Dawn Jones will deliver the commencement address for Mott Community College's (MCC) first-ever virtual graduation ceremonies to be livestreamed on Saturday, May 23, at 2 p.m. To watch the MCC virtual commencement ceremony, visit https://video.ibm.com/channel/mott-college-tv

Just over 1,000 students at MCC are eligible to graduate this year. (Eligible means the students have completed or are within two classes of completing degree requirements). Approximately 270 graduating students have registered to participate in the virtual commencement celebration. Students were invited to pre-register for the ceremony and submit a photo to be included in the video roll call of graduates. All students’ names will be included in the list of graduates and in the graduation program found at https://www.mcc.edu/acad_affairs/aa_commencement.shtml

“We are thrilled to have Dawn Jones as our Commencement speaker this year,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “Her professionalism and dedication to strengthening our community make her the perfect fit to address students as they turn their sights toward the future.”

Jones will deliver “Bearing Fruit in the Valley” during the pre-recorded ceremony. “I was hesitant to accept the invitation when I was first invited to give the commencement speech,” said Jones. “I wondered what I could say to this diverse group of graduates during this unprecedented time in our history. I hope my words resonate with everyone who will be watching this historic graduation ceremony.”

‘Living the Dream’ is how Dawn Jones describes her 30 year career as a broadcast journalist. She is a dynamic orator whose gift is in the art of communicating. The much sought-after speaker is a pragmatic storyteller, who weaves humor and transparency in a beautifully authentic way to connect with her audience.

The Emmy Award winner and self-described joy practitioner is passionate about love, life, laughing-out-loud-and being present in the lives of the people she loves. Erma Bombeck penned her favorite quote: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I
would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say I used everything you gave me.”

Jones is a Flint, Michigan native who has spent nearly two decades serving the people of her hometown. Currently, she anchors ABC12’s First at Four Newscast and is the host of Newsmaker, a weekly public affairs show. She began her broadcast career on Detroit radio in the late 1980s. Over the years she has performed in both leadership and service positions as a talk show host, reporter, news anchor, news director, program director, on-air personality and traffic announcer.

Aside from her long broadcast career, Dawn has also served in the capacity of Communications Director for the city of Flint. She is a graduate of Flint Central High School and Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts.

Jones has been the recipient of numerous honors, accolades, and awards. She is a three-time Emmy Award nominee and 2015 Emmy Award winner for her body of work as a News Anchor.


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, gender expression, gender identity, 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 – Student Success Services Center (PCC-2280E), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1117), Flint, MI 48503 (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2280A), Flint, MI 48503 (810) 762-0191.For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, please see the following link: https://www.mcc.edu/gainful_employ_disclosure/index.php Mott Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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