The senior class officers have just announced that Michael D. Young, who serves as the vice chancellor of student affairs at University of California at Santa Barbara, has been selected to address graduates at Beloit College’s 162nd commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13, at 11 a.m.
Young is no stranger to Beloit. He is a graduate from the class of 1969—a pivotal era at the college—and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation in 2009 at his 40th reunion.
While at Beloit, he captained the football team, made the Dean’s List, served as president of Beta Theta Pi, headed the Afro-American Union during its presentation of “Black Demands” at a Middle College sit-in, and delivered the commencement address at his own graduation. As part of his two-year field term, Young spent a semester at the Beloit Tutoring Center, a campus outreach program in Cleveland, Miss. Upon the completion of his service, he extended his stay in the Deep South to work on voter registration at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.
Young went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a doctorate from the University of Iowa. As vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of California Santa Barbara, he is responsible for more than 20 non-academic departments on campus including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Health, Counseling, Career Services, the MultiCultural Center, and the Children’s Centers.