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Michael J. Brown, an alumnus of Lorain County Community College and president of Barrick Gold of North America, the U.S. subsidiary of Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp., will be the keynote speaker at the College’s 54th annual commencement at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Brown, who was named president of Barrick USA in 2016, attended LCCC from 1976 through 1978. He is a Grafton native who graduated from Midview High School in 1976.

In returning to LCCC as the keynote speaker, Brown will be coming full circle as LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D., confers his Associate of Arts degree to him. Although highly accomplished academically, Brown transferred from LCCC before earning his associate degree, later earning both a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University (1981) and a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University (1987). While at LCCC, Brown was a leader on campus and served as a student senator.

“We are extremely honored that Michael Brown will be returning to his first alma mater – LCCC – where he discovered his pathway to his future,” Ballinger said. “Michael’s journey that began at LCCC has been extraordinary. He is an inspiration to all of us at LCCC and the nation’s community colleges.”

A first-generation college graduate, Brown is proud of his time at LCCC and grateful for the role the college and his education has played in every aspect of his life.

“Education is critical to success,” Brown said. “As an alumnus of LCCC, I am delighted to have the opportunity to share such a special occasion with these students and their families.”

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