Governor speaks at MCC graduation

Wednesday was the first time a Michigan governor delivered a commencement address at Muskegon Community College, and most of the graduates and staff said they were happy to have him. "Yea, I voted for him, so I'm all for it,' MCC graduate Dave Ross said. There were some boos when Gov. Rick Snyder was introduced at the commencement - but nothing like his speech at the University Of Michigan, where some graduates turned their backs during his commencement address on April 30.
WZZM-TV
May 5, 2011

“We are very excited about it,” MCC President Dale Nesbary said.

The governor is receiving criticism for his plan to balance the budget by cutting education spending while reducing business taxes and adding income tax to retiree pensions.

“I’m one of the ones who is out of work because of a lot of things,” MCC graduate Darlene Cunninghan said. “It’s pretty hard to just say what’s going on is OK.”

Others unhappy with decisions in state government gathered outside L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon to protest the governor’s appearance. Former Democratic state Rep. Nancy Valentine of Muskegon was with them.

“The decisions being made are going to harm our state, and I just can’t stand by and watch that happen,” she said.

Snyder told the graduates he attended community college while in high school before enrolling at the University of Michigan. He told the MCC graduates he was honored and excited to be with them.

“Community college changed my life,” Snyder said.

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