“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.