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‘There are so many opportunities’

MCC recognizes Most Distinguished Graduate

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published December 27, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb Community College’s Most Distinguished Graduate for the fall 2015 semester, Alexander Witan, had a message for his peers.

“You guys have the tools to go out there and put your personal mark on the world,” Witan said. “There are so many opportunities.”

Witan, 20, addressed his fellow graduates during the college’s 94th commencement ceremony Dec. 18 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on the school’s Center Campus in Clinton Township. More than 930 associate degrees were handed out to deserving graduates.

Every semester, MCC faculty choses a Most Distinguished Graduate; this semester, Witan received that honor. Witan graduated from the Macomb Police Academy, receiving an associate of applied science in law enforcement. He worked full time while attending Macomb and maintained a 3.91 grade-point average.

“The Most Distinguished Graduate selection committee was impressed not only by Alex’s dedication to his studies, but his personal commitment to service,” Jenn McCabe, Macomb’s Student activities and community services manager, said in a prepared statement. “At the same time, he was tutoring Vietnamese children and rising early every day to help his sister train to join the U.S. Marines.”

Witan began attending MCC at the age of 16 as a student in the Early Admit program, which allowed him to take courses while he was still in high school. The Sterling Heights resident was home-schooled from kindergarten all the way up to high school graduation.

During his formative years, all Witan ever wanted to be was a police officer. His dream became a reality when he recently accepted a position with the Roseville Police Department.

“I’m going to be a standard patrol police officer. I was already sworn in. I love helping people solve their problems. I love communicating with other people out in the community,” Witan said. “You get a feel for people’s problems. You can impact someone in a positive way.”

To gain more experience in the field, Witan worked as a dispatcher at the Center Campus Public Safety Office through the student work study program. He aspires to become a U.S. deputy.

“I would love to get on task force with the U.S. Marshals,” Witan said. “I would love to work on fugitive operations.”

Witan said he “was definitely surprised” to be named the Most Distinguished Graduate.

“I was not expecting it,” he said.

Witan said he enjoyed his time at MCC.

“It has one of the finest faculties in the state,” he said.