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Dayton Area Campus Recognizes Graduates

Jun 17, 2013

Approximately 75 graduates from the Dayton Area Campus received their degrees and diplomas at the 2013 commencement ceremony, held at the James S. Trent Arena in Kettering on Friday evening, May 31st.

Federal magistrate judge Honorable Michael J. Newman delivered the commencement address, in which he commended the graduates for pursuing their career education goals and persevering in successfully completing their studies. Judge Newman offered these words of encouragement: “Look forward, don’t look back. Don’t let roadblocks stop you. Don’t let negativity control your life.”

Those receiving special recognition at the ceremony included Achievement Award recipients Stephanie Frater and Kirsten Rayer; Leadership Award recipient Amanda Hedger; E.M. Coulter Award recipient Stephanie Allen; Mary P. McGurn Award recipient Cathleen Frazier; M.A. smythe Award recipient James Tucker; and Joseph E. Hurn Award recipient Mary McClay. 2012 graduate Gina Crone, a business administration-management graduate and chef for Christopher’s Restaurant, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Achievement.

Gina began her career with a business externship set up by one of her instructors, George Grabits. George—a semi-retired, highly successful business executive who currently indulges in his passion for cooking with Christopher’s Restaurant—brought Gina in to assist with the restaurant’s busy catering division, where she was able to get practical experience managing catering crews and planning events. She took to it naturally and discovered her own love for the culinary arts, and she has moved up to additional responsibilities for the restaurant.

Congratulations to all of our 2013 graduates!

Business department chair Bob Abadie is pictured on the right as he inducts graduate Gina Crone into the Alumni Hall of Achievement.

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