LSSU’s Escanaba/Iron Mountain Regional Center Announces Summer 2018 Graduates


Victoria DeClaire and Caylib Mackie

LSSU graduates, Victoria DeClaire (Left) and Caylib Mackie (Right) photo credit: LSSU/Berg

Eight area residents have successfully completed their requirements for a bachelor’s degree and three area residents also earned an associate’s degree from Lake Superior State University; graduates were invited to walk at commencement on May 5th while degrees were conferred on August 3rd.

Graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting is Kimberly Dabney of Escanaba and Garrett Lantagne of Escanaba; in business administration is Caylib Mackie of Escanaba; in business administration-management is Kevin Gendron of Escanaba and Lauren Schwark formerly of Escanaba; in criminal justice-corrections is Bethany McNellis of Escanaba; and in early childhood education is Brenda Adiska of Escanaba and Victoria DeClaire of Marquette. Mackie minored in marketing, and McNellis minored in law enforcement. Adkisa and DeClaire also graduated with an associate degree in general studies with a behavioral science concentration, and McNellis with an associate degree in corrections.

McNellis and Schwark graduated Magna Cum Laude earning a 3.70-3.89 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale; and DeClaire and Gendron graduated with Cum Laude honors, earning a 3.50-3.69 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale.

DeClaire stated, “I truly had an unforgettable experience from LSSU’s regional center at Bay College. I am proud of the degree I now hold thanks to the opportunity of working and going to school full time in my community. I gained an extensive wealth of knowledge in my field of early childhood education.” Mackie added, “The regional center at Escanaba’s campus made attending a university so much easier. I definitely want to thank Heidi [Berg], Diane [Pascoe], and everyone else at the regional center for their hard work. They made the shift from Bay to LSSU very simple and did a lot of work to help us successfully walk across the stage at commencement.”

The graduates were taking classes at Bay College, which offers LSSU baccalaureate programs in Escanaba and Iron Mountain through a partnership with LSSU. For more information on degree programs available, please contact Heidi Berg at (906) 217-4123 or or visit