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Graduates Position Themselves For Future Advancement

Jun 23, 2014

On Saturday, June 7th, graduates of the Cincinnati Campus proudly took the stage at Woodward Career and Technical High School to have their diplomas and degrees conferred during the annual commencement ceremony.

Kevin Goins, managing partner of MassMutual Innova Financial Group, delivered an inspiring commencement address as he noted that the graduates came from diverse backgrounds. “Regardless, you chose to attend American National University because you decided to make a down payment on your future with the expectation that you would be able to position yourself for future advancement,” he said.  “That’s the unique sense of purpose that has always influenced this college—the condition that this is a training ground, not only for individual success, but for leadership that can have an enormous impact on a community.”

Prior to the service, Raphael Hanley, a graduate of the information systems engineering program, said that a desire to build a better future for his family fueled his determination to earn his degree. “I’m a single dad.  I have three children and they all look up to me,” he said. “I had to make some kind of deciding factor to change my life, so I went back to school, and this time I completed it.”

Raphael, who received the M.A. Smythe award during the ceremony, has been hired by Trinity Hydro Organics as a project manager, where his duties include maintaining the company’s computer systems and creating layouts of the store using Microsoft Visio.

“I couldn’t think of a better job right now,” he said.  Raphael plans to continue his education to earn a bachelor’s degree, and he’s considering doing so through the American National University Online program.

Other award recipients included Danielle Walker, who received the Achievement Award; Kelly Coffey, the Leadership Award; Ava Dinkins and Loretta Diane Souder, the E. M. Coulter Award; Sherrie Ode, the Mary P. McGurn Award; and Aminata Ba, the Joseph E. Hurn Award.  Kathy Goode, a business administration-management graduate who is working for Life Center Organ Donor Network, was the recipient of the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

A- Commencement speaker Kevin Goins, managing partner of MassMutual Innova Financial Group, told the graduates that their leadership can have an enormous impact on their community.

B- Information systems engineering graduate Raphael Hanely, the recipient of the M. A. Smythe Award, said that he went back to school because, as a single Dad, his three children depend on him.

tags: Computer Technology: Network Administration - Associate's Degree (NET)