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Distinguished Alumni Awards

More than 60,000 graduates across the world proudly claim Delta College as the foundation of their education. It is through that education that they have achieved great success – in their communities and in their careers.

We are so proud of our graduates.


Once a year, through the Distinguished Alumni Award, we are honored to recognize certain individuals who have made a significant contribution to Delta and its students.

We consider the following criteria when we make our selections:

  • Delta College graduate. Either a degree or certificate.
  • Visibility and Respect. The individual is known for positive reasons and judged to be a valuable and esteemed member of the community.
  • Professional Achievement and Career Distinction. The individual attained prominence through his or her efforts that form a record of accomplishment impressive to the citizens of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
  • Service to Society. The individual exhibits integrity and a demonstrated commitment to service through an interest in bettering the lives of others through volunteer efforts.
  • Service and Support to Delta College. The individual's deeds and actions reflect the importance of his or her educational training, and pride in and loyalty to Delta College, as demonstrated through his or her interest in and support of the College and its programs and activities. 

Meet our current winners

The 2017 recipients of the Delta College Distinguished Alumni Award were honored at a luncheon at the Great Hall in Midland. 

Eugene D. Mossner

Mr. Mossner graduated from Bay City Junior College (the predecessor of Delta College) in 1950. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State University. Retiring in 1991, he argued before the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals and U.S. Federal Court in Cincinnati, and has also served as President of the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association and Saginaw County Bar Association.

James N. Stamas

Mr. Stamas is a 1997 graduate of Delta College and has served as State Senator for Michigan’s 26th District since 2014. He has been elected as Assistant Majority Floor Leader for the 98th Legislature. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Northwood University. Stamas has also served as a Michigan State Representative (three terms), Midland County Commissioner (two terms) and Midland Township Trustee. He is the owner and former general manager of Pizza Sam’s in Midland.

Past winners
  • 2016 - Fred L. Borchard, Frankenmuth; and Dr. Annette Rummel, Frankenmuth
  • 2015 - Kathryn (Dunn) Langenburg, Bay City; and Robert Sherman, Bay City
  • 2014 - No recipients
  • 2013 - Ralph Isackson, Bay City; and Thomas Tabor (passed away in 2014)
  • 2012 - Mary Anne Ackerman, Frankenmuth; and Norman Braddock, Saginaw
  • 2011 - Gregory Branch, Saginaw; Rhonda Provoast, Hale; and Robert Stafford, Midland
  • 2010 - Dr. Ronald Miller, St. Johns
  • 2009 - Myron Greene, Midland
  • 2008 - Dr. Dennis Hensley, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 2007 - Alice Gerard, Bay City
  • 2006 - Dr. Jack Nash, Saginaw
  • 2005 - Joseph Rivet, Bay City
  • 2004 - Wilmer Jones Ham McZee, Saginaw
  • 2003 - Joaquin Guerrero, Saginaw
  • 2002 - Steven Morello, Saginaw
  • 2001 - Dr. Audrey Stryker, Midland
  • 2000 - Scott Seeburger, Midland
  • 1999 - Paul Rowley, Bay City
  • 1998 - Dr. Roger Kahn, Saginaw
  • 1997 - Penny Phelps, Key West, Florida
  • 1996 - Charles Braddock (passed away 2013)
  • 1995 - David Gamez, Saginaw
  • 1994 - William Hargreaves, Midland
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Don’t lose sight of your passions, your dreams and your goals when you graduate. Delta College is a one step in a line of milestones to reach your dreams. 

Don’t give up. Keep going, just like our award winners. 

Graduation Cap

1 in 8 people in our community age 17-70 has taken a class at Delta College.


80% of graduates from the last five years live in the Great Lakes Bay Region, while 97% live in Michigan.

Delta College

Delta College is the fourth largest employer in the area.

Annette Rummel

"I remain excited and honored to have been selected a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient in 2016. My Delta College experience provided me with confidence. I learned how to learn at Delta College and so much more... Thank you again most kindly for this honor. I will forever be proud to call myself a Delta College Alumna!"

Dr. Annette Rummel
President/CEO, Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureaus
of Bay County, Midland County and Saginaw County"
Member of the Delta College Foundation Board of Directors