Also, 91 nursing students participated in the pinning ceremony the previous evening. That is the largest number of students in the program’s 31 graduating classes. The pinning ceremony is held at the conclusion of each academic term.
The pinning ceremony recognizes students who have completed the program and earned an Associate of Applied Nursing Degree. They are then eligible to take the state board exam and become registered nurses.
Holly and Billy Love, who are military veterans and earned their associate degrees in Office
Liberty Bell, who earned her bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration, was chosen as the student reflection speaker. Bell noted the defining characteristics of the OU-C educational experience and how they help to prepare students to find their footing in the workplace and beyond.
“At OU-C, we are capable of developing friendships easy due to the structure of our regional campus. From my experience as a peer educator with the Supplemental Instruction program, I understand first-hand the spirit of teamwork – where students support each other – that distinguishes the OU-C learning experience,” she said.
“The students at OU-C are not all your typical college student -- most of us have responsibilities that go far beyond this campus. Some of these responsibilities are the very reason we chose this college
Cindy Noble Hauserman, a Ross County native and former U.S. Olympics basketball player, delivered the keynote address, urging the graduates to not be fearful of their future, but to “fly from the nest with gusto … sometimes you have to leave that nest to reach your goals.”
“At age 18, I knew that, to reach my goals, I had to uproot from Ross County and leave my comfort zone,” said the former Tennessee Volunteer star player.
In relating lessons she has learned from her athletics career. Hauserman encouraged the students to find their mentors and “make sure they hold the same values and character of the person you want to be.” She also emphasized the value of perseverance. “You have to outwork your opponent,” Hauserman said.
Serving as faculty marshals were Char Miller, associate degrees; Dywayne Nicely, bachelor’s degrees; and Barbara Trube, master’s degrees.
The Great Seal of Ohio Band provided the instrumental music.
OU-C faculty member Ken Breidenbaugh received the Bebee Alumni Leadership Award.
A new feature was added to this year’s ceremony, with campus faculty and staff members forming a receiving line to offer a proper farewell to the graduates at the conclusion of the ceremony.