OCC Invites Public to MLK Convocation

OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan – Oakland Community College (OCC) invites the public to join faculty, staff and students to a special event honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 12, 2018.

The convocation, sponsored by the College Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, will feature:

WHAT:           Martin Luther King, Jr., Convocation 2018

WHEN:           Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:         OCC, Orchard Ridge Campus, Smith Theatre, 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI


  • Open to the public, free admission.
  • Keynote Topic: Mentoring
  • Guest Speaker: Sommer Woods, vice president for External Relations, Marketing and Communications, M-1 Rail (QLINE) in Detroit.

About Sommer Woods - Woods', 40, professional experience includes workforce development, community engagement/inclusion, governmental relations, and minority/Detroit based business procurement. She has been instrumental in ensuring that minority and women-owned businesses are given an opportunity to participate in and benefit from the business opportunities associated with the development of Detroit. Woods is the recipient of the Dave Bing Future Leader Awards for the 2017 Shining Light Awards.

She is a graduate of Mercy High School in Farmington, and Talladega College in Alabama, which she attended on a golf scholarship and from which she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business. She later studied urban planning and development at Georgia State University before working with the PGA tour for four years, a job that ultimately brought her back to Detroit to work with the Super Bowl XL committee. This job, in turn, led to a position in Mayor Dave Bing's administration, serving as the film, culture and special events director for the City of Detroit.

About OCC - With multi campus system throughout Oakland County, OCC offers degrees and certificates in approximately 100 career fields as well as university transfer degrees in business, science and liberal arts. The College provides academic and developmental experiences allowing each student to reach their full potential and enhance the communities they serve.  More than 45,000 students annually attend OCC; more than a million students have enrolled in the College since it opened in 1965.

OCC Committee for Diversity and Inclusion - OCC is fully committed to raising the awareness of our students, employees and community by offering opportunities to experience other cultures and explore the common elements we all share as human beings. 


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