Northwood University Winter Graduation Set for December 15

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The Reverend Wallace Mayton III and David Ramaker are commencement speakers.
The Reverend Wallace Mayton III

The Reverend Wallace Mayton III

David Ramaker

David Ramaker

November 29, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Northwood University will hold its winter commencement on Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m. in the Bennett Sports Center on campus located at 4000 Whiting Drive in Midland.

Approximately 234 students are eligible to graduate; 35 will receive MBA degrees from the DeVos Graduate School, 89 from the traditional program and 110 from the Adult Degree Program.

The Reverend Wallace Mayton III and David Ramaker are this winter’s commencement speakers. Both Mayton and Ramaker will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, honoris causa, from Northwood University.

Mayton is associate pastor at Memorial Presbyterian Church of Midland and previously held positions at Knox Presbyterian Church, Central Presbyterian Church and Whitehaven Presbyterian Church.

In 2011 he was named Philanthropist of the Year by Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF). Currently Mayton serves on MACF’s Cultural Awareness Committee, as director emeritus at Big Brothers Big Sisters, board director at MidMichigan Health-Midland and is an active supporter and board member of the United Way Foundation.

Mayton also has a strong commitment to youth by serving as a volunteer in a variety of positions at multiple youth organizations. He is a graduate of Leadership Midland and Great Lakes Bay Leadership Institute.

Mayton graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Notre Dame.

He and his wife, Lindsay, live in Midland and have five grown daughters.

David Ramaker is chairman, chief executive officer and president of the Chemical Financial Corporation (CHFC) and Chemical Bank. He joined Chemical Bank as a vice president in 1989 and became president and a member of the board of directors in 1996 and chief executive officer in 1997. Ramaker became chairman of the board in 2002.

In 2012, Ramaker was named Michigan Bankers Association Banker of the Year by the association’s board of directors. He is currently a trustee on the board of Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF), serves also as chairman of the board of directors for Midland Center for the Arts, director of Midland Tomorrow, trustee of the MACF and vice president and trustee of the Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation.

After attending Michigan State University, Ramaker graduated from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and graduated with honors from the Intermediate School of Banking at SMU in 1981. He also attended the ABA Commercial Lending School in Norman, Oklahoma, in 1982 and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking in 1986.

He and his wife, Catherine, live in Midland and have three daughters.


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas, Florida and Switzerland. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise in Midland, Michigan, specializes in creative thinking and innovation development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.