Mac-Z Zurawski of Chicago, student speaker at the GSU Winter Commencement on February 5. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)
Springfield, IL-(ENEWSPF)- More than 500 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree students will celebrate their achievement at Governors State University’s Winter Commencement on February 5. Mac-Z Zurawski of Chicago will not only earn her Master of Arts in Political and Justice Studies, she has also earned the honor of addressing the Class of 2010 as student commencement speaker.
Zurawski’s journey to graduation comes with the determination of a single mother, with a young son to provide for. For the past 12 years, she has worked as a trash collector for the City of Chicago and continues to live in McKinley Park/Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, where she is an active volunteer in the community.
“I was inspired to go back to school for my son. I needed to look for something secure and stable. I needed to find a way to get off the garbage truck,” says Zurawski who plans to user her degree to begin a different future.
In her commencement address, Zurawski intends to focus on the need for everyone to help make the world a better place. “I see what it takes for people to improve their lives. I know how class can hold you down. Once you understand that, you need to get up and start moving. Help people raise themselves up and you help raise yourself, too.”
Governors State University Winter Commencement will take place on Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m., at the Tinley Park Holiday Inn Select and Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. Admission is by ticket only.