Fall 2017 Commencement

Celebrate our newest graduates as they participate in our
Fall Commencement Ceremony

Northwood University

Fall 2017 Commencement

Traditional Undergraduates, Adult Degree Program and DeVos Graduate School Students

Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.
Bennett Sports Center, Riepma Arena
Midland, Michigan

Live Stream

Celebrate with us LIVE at 1:00pm EST with our newest graduates as they participate in our Winter 2017 Commencement Ceremony, from Riepma Arena, in the Bennett Sports Center, on our Midland, Michigan campus of Northwood University. Approximately 270 students are eligible to graduate; 60 will receive MBA degrees from the Richard DeVos Graduate School and 210 from our Adult Degree Programs.



Michigan Commencement


Northwood University
Bennett Sports Center
Riepma Arena
4000 Whiting Drive
Midland, MI 48640

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The Gallery of Distinction

Keith A. Pretty

Keith A. Pretty, J.D.
Northwood University
President and CEO

The honorary doctorate is the highest award a university can make to an individual who has contributed to society in a meaningful way. On the following pages are listed those individuals Northwood University will recognize this year. They join a “Gallery of Distinction” of past honorary degree awardees who are listed in the back of this program. It is an honor and a privilege to recognize the men and women whom Northwood has vested with degrees during the past 57 years. Through their accomplishments, ideals, and support, our communities have become better places and our nation has benefited. These leaders have won recognition in business, their professions, fine arts, education, and religion. Their involvement in the thrust of The Northwood Idea will continue forever. In observance of one of Northwood’s finest traditions, all recipients of honorary degrees are presented with personal academic regalia. Every year they are invited back to participate in the commencement processional, enjoy social events, and renew old friendships. Northwood University salutes all the members of the Gallery of Distinction and pledges to them the dedicated continuation of The Northwood Idea into the 21st century.

Honorary Doctorate

William M. Wallace

James (Jamie) G. Massie – Commencement Speakers

A life long resident of Barrie, Ontario, Jamie Massie is a firm believer in the importance of community, faith, democracy and free enterprise. Jamie attributes much of his success in business to the 4 years he spent at Northwood University, Midland Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1980. Jamie feels blessed that he and his college roommate Dan DeVos have been friends and business associates for almost 40 years, giving much back to their businesses and communities.

Jamie has spent his career working to strengthen the community of Barrie through business, sports and philanthropic channels. He continues this work with his appointment as the Honorary Colonel at Canadian Forces Base Borden, Canada's largest military training base.

Jamie is the President and Co-founder of Georgian International Limited, an Automotive, Aircraft and Property Development business based in Barrie. Jamie is president of Georgian Chevrolet Buick GMC Inc, as well as Georgian BMW, MINI Ltd. located in Barrie. Jamie is Chairman of Georgian Aircraft Corp, which operates 30 aircraft out of Barrie, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, moving over two million passengers per year under the Air Canada Express banner. Jamie’s real estate companies operate under the Georgian International Land Corp. brand and are involved in many Barrie and area developments. Jamie led the expansion of the Ontario Hockey League to Barrie helping to spearhead the construction of the Barrie Molson Centre in 1994. Until 2007 he was the Chairman of the OHL’s Barrie Colts. A true entrepreneur and business visionary, Jamie’s combined contributions have resulted in the creation of over 2000 jobs in the Barrie area.

His impressive list of awards and acknowledgements include Barrie Businessman of the Year, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, recipient of the first MacLaren Art Centre Legacy Award, the Ontario Provincial Police Public Citation Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee medals for citizenship as well as induction into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame. He also received an Honourary Degree and a Prestigious Fellowship from Georgian College. Jamie was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Georgian College’s ‘Automotive Business School of Canada’; supporting the program for over 25 years, in 2006 helped to establish the JC Massie Automotive Bursary in memory of his late father. His inspirational leadership led to the creation of Operation HERO, a $1,000,000.00 Endowed Scholarship Fund, providing military families with the opportunity to attend Georgian College. In 2014, Jamie was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada for significant contribution to the Canadian Armed Forces. In 2015 Jamie was awarded the prestigious ‘Order of the Spirit Catcher’ from the City of Barrie for lifetime contributions to the City of Barrie. In 2015 Jamie led a pilgrimage of Canadians to Vimy Ridge, France where a Patriation ceremony of Sacred Battlefield Soil was held to symbolically return the DNA of over 12000 Canadians killed or wounded in the 3 day battle from April 9-12,1917. The Soil will be dedicated in a monument at the entrance to Base Borden this coming June to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Base.

Currently, Jamie is a member of the board of Southmedic, a Barrie based manufacturer and distributor of specialized medical products, Jamie has previously served on the boards of the Ontario Hockey League, Georgian College, The Georgian College Foundation and Ridley College, as well as many Industry Related Boards. He has actively been involved in fundraising for numerous charities including the Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie Public Library, MacLaren Art Centre, the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, the Barrie Molson Centre and numerous youth sports program. Jamie and his wife Wendy have four sons, who like their father enjoy the outdoors, sports, business and discussing and debating the current issues that affect Canada and the World.