Ceremony V - May 5, 2:30 p.m.


  • College of Education
  • College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts 
  • School of Information Sciences
  • School of Medicine (master's)


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Jacqueline Williams

Jacqueline Williams is graduating with a master of science in genetic counseling from the School of Medicine. She also earned her bachelor of science in clinical laboratory science from Wayne State.

Williams started her career at the DMC virology/ serology laboratory as a medical technologist. After finding her specialty interest in genetics, she furthered her career by transitioning to work for many years in the cytogenetic laboratories at DMC and then at Beaumont Hospital.

In her spare time, Williams gained advocacy and crisis training to support others through the organizations Empower Work and IMALIVE. Through interactions with genetic counselors while working in the prenatal cytogenetics area, she gained an even greater appreciation for the genetic counseling field. Having completed her undergraduate training at Wayne State, she enthusiastically sought placement in its genetic counseling program. Upon acceptance, she was awarded the Dean’s Diversity Master’s Scholarship.

Throughout her graduate experience, Williams has continued working in cytogenetics and has served as a member on the Genetic Counseling Programs Admissions Committee. She is a member of both the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) and the NSGC Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics Special Interest Group. After graduation, she will begin her career as a pediatric genetic counselor at Corewell Health East.

Williams is also a wife and mother of two children — one in college at Michigan State University and the other graduating from high school this year. She finds her passion and inspiration to continue serving the metro Detroit area from her husband, who was born and raised in the area and is now executive director of food and nutrition for Detroit Public Schools.