Thanks to a family’s request, Salem CC Commencement seen worldwide for first time
When Salem Community College learned that Eileen Allen Hoogterp from Muskegon, Mich. could not witness her son John R. Allen’s graduation due to her husband Richard’s recent liver transplant, SCC staff members brought the ceremony on May 21 to their home.
The live web-streaming video, the first of its kind for a SCC Commencement ceremony, was available on the SCC website and will be available for replay on the College’s YouTube channel. Noah McFadden and fellow members of the SCC information technology team set up the live stream. Jill James and Calvin Cizek, members of the Commencement committee, were the College’s liaisons with Mrs. Hoogterp.
“I cannot express my emotion to Jill James, Calvin Cizek and so many other persons on the staff and administration for bringing this technology to me so that I might be able to witness our son's graduation,” said Mrs. Hoogterp. “I am so grateful for the extreme measures to which you have gone to allow me to be able to do this.
“So many times we heard testimonials from faculty, staff and alumni that Salem Community College began a career and path in life,” Mrs. Hoogterp continued. “You made a path for us tonight -- right to your doorstep through technology -- but mostly through caring and listening!”
During her welcoming remarks, President Joan M. Baillie praised the staff’s initiative and special support to the family.
John R. Allen earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Scientific Glass Technology. His father, John C. Allen, and grandparents, John and Mary Allen, attended the ceremony in the DuPont Field House in Davidow Hall.