See and hear Chelsea Thornton discuss her ‘reflections’ remarks on the campus’ YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ouchillicothe
Student participants and faculty marshals have been named for the upcoming Recognition of Graduation event at Ohio University-Chillicothe. OU-C will salute students who have earned their college degrees during the 2010-11 academic year at 7:30 p.m. on June 10 in the Shoemaker Center. Admission is free.
Angelena McKenzie, an Associate Degree in Nursing student, will serve as the associate degree representative and will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Chelsea Thornton, who is earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education, is the bachelor’s degree student representative and will share her reflections.
Thornton, a Zane Trace High School graduate, plans to pursue a teaching position in Ross County or the surrounding area. She also plans to eventually pursue a master’s degree in computer education and technology.
“During my time at Ohio University-Chillicothe, I have come to realize two important things,” she said in discussing her reflections remarks. “First, our student body is incredibly diverse, which is one of the greatest strengths we have as a regional campus. Second, the perception that OU-C is completely different from the main campus in Athens is a great misconception.”
Faculty marshals for the graduation event include Joyce Zurmehly, associate degree; Dywayne Nicely, bachelor’s degree; and Barbara Mahaffey, master’s degree.
Music will be by the Great Seal of Ohio Band.
As previously announced, former Chillicothe High School standout student-athlete Garin Veris, who played professional football in the NFL, will deliver the keynote address. Also, long-time educator and historical enthusiast Beverly Gray will receive the Richard Bebee Alumni Leadership Award.
Approximately 165 students are expected to participate in the ceremony on the OU-C campus.
A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will take place at 6 p.m. on June 9 in the Shoemaker Center.
A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Shoemaker room 215 for faculty and staff members, Regional Coordinating Council members and platform party participants. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held afterward in the Shoemaker Center.
Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.