Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Military experience inspires graduation ceremony’s Pledge of Allegiance speaker

Sherry Nelson, a military veteran earning an associate degree in nursing, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance at Ohio University Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Shoemaker Center. The annual event recognizes and celebrates the well-earned accomplishments of the regional campus’ graduating student body.

Nelson spent eight years in the U.S. Navy, with six years of reserve and two years of active duty. She credits the experience with enhanced understandings of teamwork and leadership. In the pursuit of a nursing degree, throughout classroom and clinical settings, both of these values are integral to success.

Nelson emphasizes the impact that perseverance played upon her acquisition of a degree. She attributes an enlightened appreciation for endurance to her time spent in military service, and particularly to the leadership she encountered there. “My company commander . . . I can still hear his voice making myself dig deep when I think things are tough to get me through,” said Nelson. “Learning how to preserve has helped me get through my college career as a nursing student.”

After graduation, Nelson plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing and eventually acquire a position working with veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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