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Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

HFC Celebrates the Graduation of 380 Students!

HFC Celebrates the Graduation of 380 Students!
HFC Celebrates the Graduation of 380 Students!

Approximately 380 students graduated from HFC during the May 7 commencement ceremonies, which took place at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn.

HFC held two ceremonies for this auspicious occasion in the morning and in the afternoon. Hundreds of family members and friends joined their loved ones during the ceremonies.

The College honored Joseph A. Guido of the HFC Board of Trustees with the institution’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. HFC also honored Matthew J. O’Bryan, president/CEO of KLA Laboratories, Inc. in Dearborn, with the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Guido, president/owner of Guido Architects, Inc. in Dearborn, is the longest-serving member of the HFC Board of Trustees, having served since 1993. The two-time alumnus of what is now the University of Detroit-Mercy has been active in the Dearborn community for nearly 30 years. He has served on a number of boards, including the City of Dearborn Municipal Building Authority, the Camp Dearborn Task Force, the Dearborn Building Board of Appeals, and the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, among others. He maintains a specific focus on schools and education issues in Dearborn, always tempering his outlook to what is in the best interests of students.

O’Bryan, of Dearborn, graduated from HFC in 1989 with his associate degree. From there, he graduated summa cum laude from Cleary University in 1992 with his undergraduate degree in Business. He began his career at KLA more than 30 years ago and has had many roles at the organization. He has named President/CEO in 2002.

Under his leadership, KLA has grown consistently year after year and has expanded its operations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. He was named in the “Top 40 Under 40” by Crain’s Detroit Business magazine in 2007. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Michigan Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

HFC continues to represent an exceptional gateway to higher education for thousands of students each year. With more than 120 programs, support services, dedicated faculty and staff, and exceptional resources such as a new Science Center and Welcome Center, many HFC graduates transition into high-paying careers or move on to four-year institutions where they complete their undergraduate degrees.