Date: January 30, 2007
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, January 30, 2007 – On February 16, more than 600 graduates of Governors State University will cross the stage at the Tinley Park Convention Center, flip their tassels, and begin their futures with new degrees. One of those students will be Tiffany McClarence of Frankfort, who will stop on the stage to speak to her fellow graduates.
McClarence is the student commencement speaker for the winter graduation ceremony. She is earning her Master of Arts in English.
“I am very excited to be chosen to speak at commencement,” said McClarence. “I did not finish my degree when I was young, but I am doing it now and plan to continue my education.”
McClarence is already putting her degree to good use. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Governors State University Writing Center where she assists the director, trains tutors, and assists students with writing assignments.
“The most important part of any job is writing. Writing proficiency gives people a vital skill they need to fulfill their dreams. It is important for me to help others gain the tools they need to succeed.”
McClarence is also passionate about the need for GSU graduates to use the lessons they have learned at the university to make positive changes and improvements in their community. “GSU has been very important in helping each of us achieve our goals. There is a strong sense of community here. Now we must use our educations to help others.”
While a student at GSU, McClarence served as a representative on the Student Senate, participated in the Honors Program and its community service activities, and was a member of the Black Student Union.
Academically, McClarence made the GSU Dean’s List and the National Dean’s List, was named an International Scholar Laureate in journalism, and was listed in Who’s Who in Women in Education.