FORUM Vol. 39, No. 29; April 20, 2015


Grand Valley to celebrate 100,000th graduate

About 3,000 students will participate in commencement ceremonies Saturday, April 25, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. One of those graduates will be the 100,000th to receive a Grand Valley degree.

Grand Valley will celebrate another record-breaking milestone with more than 5,600 students expected to receive a degree during the 2014-2015 academic year.

The ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Van Andel Arena Michael Jandernoa, former CEO and current board member of Perrigo Company, is the morning speaker, and Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, is the afternoon speaker.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will include the following colleges: Seidman College of Business, College of Community and Public Service, Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, College of Health Professions and Kirkhof College of Nursing. The 3 p.m. ceremony will include the following colleges: College of Education, Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Jandernoa served as CEO of Perrigo Company from 1998-2000 and chair of the board from 1991-2003. He graduated from the University of Michigan and worked for BDO Seidman as a CPA before joining Perrigo in 1979. He is the founder of Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring and 42 North Partners

Michael Jandernoa

Michael Jandernoa 

Paula Kerger

Paula Kerger 

Kerger joined PBS as president and CEO in 2006. Under her leadership, PBS has grown its audiences across genres and platforms. She was named to the Women’s Forum in 2005 and was honored in 2012 by national media outlets with a Brand Builder Award. She serves on boards for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

The Alumni Association will present its Distinguished Alumni Award to Noreen Myers, ‘72, a lawyer specializing in employment law and the first alumna to be appointed to Grand Valley’s Board of Trustees. The Outstanding Educator Award will be presented to Brad Wallar, associate professor of chemistry.

David Hecht and Bea Idema will receive honorary degrees. Hecht, a current trustee for the Grand Valley University Foundation, is president of the Charles W. Loosemore Foundation. He has practiced law for more than 50 years. Idema was among the lead donors for the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley.