Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Student speakers are named for OU-C’s Recognition of Graduation event

The graduation event has become a centerpiece of the OU-C experience.

Student speakers 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 2013-14 academic year at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 in the Shoemaker Center.

Aaron Chaney, a Navy veteran who is earning his associate degree in human services technology, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance.

Jennifer Montgomery, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in applied management, will share her thoughts as the student reflection speaker.

Montgomery began her college career as a 44-year-old with children and a great deal of trepidation.

“I was thinking about walking into a world that belonged to the younger students. I had not attended a class in 25 years,” she said.

That fear has since been turned to joy as she approaches the completion of her degree.

“Knowing the wonderful experiences I had at OU-C, I would go back and do it again without hesitation.”

Faculty marshals for the graduation event include Barbara Mahaffey, associate degree; Dywayne Nicely, bachelor’s degree; and Barbara Trube, master’s degree.

Music will be provided by the Great Seal of Ohio Band.

Matt Barnes, sports anchor and reporter for NBC4 in Columbus, will deliver the keynote address. Barnes is a 2008 alumnus of Ohio University, graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with a focus on broadcast journalism.

Julia Lyddon Gourley will receive the Rich Bebee Leadership Award.

Approximately 450 students earned their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University while attending the Chillicothe Campus this academic year, and more than 200 students are expected to participate in Friday’s event.

A pinning ceremony for OU-C’s nursing program students will take place at 6 p.m. on May 1 in the Shoemaker Center.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 2 for faculty and staff members, Regional Coordinating Council members and platform party participants. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held immediately after the ceremony in the Shoemaker Center’s upper level.

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