April 26, 2013
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Cindy Lupiya of St. Joseph has been selected as the student speaker for Lake Michigan College’s 66th annual commencement exercise being held at the LMC Mendel Center on Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.
The native of Lusaka, Zambia, moved to the United States with her mother and sister in 2000 after the loss of three family members. She saw her mother enroll at Lake Michigan College and go on to Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan to build a career in nursing. Her mother’s experience at LMC inspired Lupiya to follow a similar path.
Lupiya first enrolled at LMC through the Early College program while attending St. Joseph High School. After graduation she became a high achieving full-time LMC student who was named to the Dean’s List five times and will graduate with honors. She credits the commitment of the faculty for creating an open environment for learning.
“Lake Michigan College is big enough to be the full college experience, but small enough to get the attention and help needed,” Lupiya stated. “I learned something important from every instructor I had.”
Lupiya has been a familiar face on campus. She was a leader in the Mu Nu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for two-year colleges, serving on the chapter’s executive board two years as the Public Relations Officer and the Community Service Officer. Lupiya was co-captain of the cheer team, a member of Voices LMC and Concert Choir, and an active participant in the International Club. This spring, Lupiya was cast in the Performing Arts department’s musical Ain’t Misbehaving.
Another distinction Lupiya earned as an LMC student was selection as a Martin Luther King Jr. Student Speaker competition winner. Her volunteer activities have included campus recycling events, blood drives, Habitat for Humanity, and the United Way Day of Service
Lupiya will graduate with an Associate in Science degree. This fall she will transfer to the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, or Western Michigan University to pursue a pre-med course of study.
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.