Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley to Speak at GRCC Commencement

College to Graduate 1,874 students at its 95thCeremony

Michigan’s 2nd youngest Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, 35, will address Grand Rapids Community College graduates at the 2012 commencement ceremony  to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on the GRCC campus.

“We’re honored to have someone of Lt. Governor Calley’s calibur and stature speaking to our students as they embark on their next stage in their lives,” said GRCC president Steven C. Ender.  “He has a great message to share based on his own experience involving hard work and what it takes to succeed – it will be another learning experience for our graduating students.”

Lt. Gov. Calley graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 with a B.A. in business administration and received his MBA from Grand Valley State University in 2000.  He served as a community banker for more than a decade working his way from the mailroom to vice president.  

First elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2006, Calley soon became the ranking Republican on the House Tax Policy Committee due to his knowledge of the state’s tax system, and is known for his work in advocating for Michigan tax payers and businesses.  In 2009 he introduced HJR B, changing the Michigan Constitution to prohibit property taxes on a home from increasing when the home’s value decreases.  As president of the Senate, Calley cast the tie-breaking vote that overhauled the tax code to ensure that Michigan businesses could remain competitive.  

Calley has been recognized and honored for his work as an elected official – these recognitions include:

  • Young Michigander of the Year by the Michigan Jaycees;
  • Legislator of the Year by the Small Business Association of Michigan;
  • Citizen of the Year by his home city of Portland;
  • Good Public Policy Award from the Michigan Physician’s Association;
  • Economic Impact Award from the Michigan Bankers Association.

“He has an impressive resume and an important story to tell,” said Ender.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.