Councilman, a Former Student, Addresses Graduates
Jun 01, 2012
On Friday, May 25th, 44 students from the Columbus Campus walked across the stage at the Northland Performing Arts Center and became graduates of National College. The class of 2012 has many things to be proud of.
Columbus City Councilmember Troy Miller spoke to the graduating class and their guests on the importance of continuing their education and reminding them that not so long ago he was in their very seats, being awarded his first college degree. This graduation day called to mind for him his own journey from janitor to executive staff member of a health care institution, in less than 10 years. Like many National College graduates, he attributes his success to the support of his family and friends as he earned his college degree, started his own business, and was elected to City Council. He congratulated the class of 2012 for recognizing that education is the vehicle to a better life and hoped that they had caught the “education bug” and would continue their studies to attain higher degrees.
One of those decorated 2012 graduates listening to the councilmember’s words of encouragement and advice was medical assisting graduate Tonya Reavish. Tonya was the recipient of the Achievement Award. “Tonya really came into her own during her time here at National College,” said Director of Health Care Education Beth Laurenz. As she was presenting the award, Beth explained that as a mother and grandmother, Tonya has overcome some extraordinary hurdles in her life and has come out on top. She excelled in her classes, was nominated for the federal work-study program, and was hired as a medical assistant at Central Ohio Primary Care less than a week after her class work ended. Tonya said she wanted to get her medical assisting degree not only to help others but to show her children that a better life is in reach.
Graduate Tonya Reavish is pictured accepting her Achievement Award from Director of Health Care Education Beth Laurenz.