Entrepreneur and philanthropist Jack Aronson is Oakland Community College’s Class of 2016 commencement speaker. The event on Saturday, May 21, marks OCC’s 50th commencement ceremony.
Aronson is widely known as the founders of Garden Fresh Gourmet. He and his wife, Annette, sold the company to Campbell Soup Company in 2015 and launched a new enterprise, Clean Planet, for health conscious consumers. In addition, the Aronsons’ continue to help incubate and mentor food startups through the nonprofit Startup Engine Entrepreneur Depot (SEED), with Eastern Market Corp.
“Commencement is the culmination of preparing our students to move on to their greater life goals. As a successful entrepreneur and recognized community leader, Jack Aronson personifies this success,” said OCC Chancellor Timothy Meyer. “We’re delighted OCC’s 2016 graduates and guests will hear from Jack on what it means to reach for greater potential, achieve individual goals, and give back by leading productive lives, particular as they start this important next step as college graduates.”
In addition to Aronson’s business success, he and his wife have significantly supported the community in the areas of literacy education, assistance for children, affordable housing, and more. In December 2015, they created the Artichoke Garlic Foundation to continue in these efforts.
Oakland Community College’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony is Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Approximately 2,700 students will graduate to help fulfill the talent needs in region. This year’s 50th commencement ceremony brings the number of OCC graduates to nearly 87,000.