April 21, 2014
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Kallay Carr of St. Joseph has been selected as the student speaker for Lake Michigan College’s 67th annual commencement exercise being held at the LMC Mendel Center on Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m.
Carr’s journey at LMC has been part of a personal transformation. She has evolved from a high school dropout into a confident professional who lives life with the personal motto to “choose joy” every day.
Describing herself as introverted in high school, Carr challenged herself to “come out of her shell.” She worked a variety of jobs, including café management and direct sales, that helped her feel more comfortable connecting with people.
After her first semester at LMC in 2012, Carr learned of the annual competition held by the College to select a commencement student speaker. Carr set her sights on that goal. She used class presentation opportunities in her business courses to become comfortable speaking in front of groups, and further polished those skills through speaking opportunities at her church.
Carr will graduate from LMC with an Associate in Business Administration degree with highest honors. Her academic success has been recognized by being named to the President’s List each semester for perfect 4.0 grade point averages. She also won second place in LMC’s LAND Creative Writing Contest and is currently writing a book that is nearing the publication phase.
Carr is employed as the communications director at Overflow Church in Benton Harbor. She will attend Western Michigan University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing and eventually a master’s degree in journalism.
The student commencement speaker is selected each year by a panel of LMC faculty and staff members from among those graduates who enter the annual commencement speaker competition.