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Dayton Campus Graduates Lauded as Leaders of Tomorrow

Jun 16, 2014

The Dayton Area Campus Class of 2014 gathered to celebrate their educational achievements during a graduation ceremony held on Friday, May 30th at Christ United Methodist Church. 

United States District Judge Walter Herbert Rice served as the commencement speaker for the service. He told the graduates that they certainly had reason to celebrate the day. “It celebrates hours of work, months of dedication, and years of persistence,” he said. 

Judge Rice applauded the graduates for earning their college education despite the obstacles that they faced. “The fact that you have taken charge of your life by not only attending, but persevering and graduating from this wonderful college, stamps you as a leader, not only of today, but of tomorrow as well,” he said. “I hope you consider this day, and all that it represents, as a beginning, not an end.”

He urged the students to set their aspirations high and to continue their education. “Keep in mind that there will be a new horizon in front of you tomorrow, and I hope that you will always welcome that new horizon and choose to move toward it with the same curiosity of mind and energy that brought you here today.”

Following Judge Rice’s address, several outstanding graduates were presented with awards:  Sherri Davis was the recipient of the Achievement Award; James T. McFarlane, Leadership Award; Cahia S. Goklish, Lindzey C. Collins, and Christeen L. Brockman, the E.M. Coulter Award; Natasha A. Willett, the Mary P. McGurn Award; Mindy Berger and Lydia J. Griffith, the Joseph E. Hurn Award; and Sara K. McDaniel, the M. A. Smythe Award.  Michele Beck, a 2009 graduate of the health information technology program, who works as a Certified Tumor Registrar for Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and at Good Samaritan Hospital as a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT), was the recipient of the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

Medical assisting graduate Lindzey Collins, one of the recipients of the E.M. Coulter Award, said that she was proud that her family had traveled all the way from Trinidad to attend the commencement ceremony.  She was also excited about her new career working as a registered medical assistant for Schear Family Practice where she was hired after completing her program.

“It’s made a big change in my life,” she said of her degree. “I was able to get a job doing something that I like, compared to working fast food, or doing the same old retail all the time.  Seeing the patients and taking care of them makes me feel good.”

A-United States District Judge Walter Herbert Rice is pictured with campus director Art Wagner following the Dayton Area Campus commencement ceremony.

B-Medical assisting graduate Lindzey Collins was one of the recipients of the E. M. Coulter Award at the Dayton Area Campus graduation.

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