Northwest State Community College celebrated the December 2018 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 17 in the Voinovich Auditorium. The ceremony recognized the awarding of 103 degrees and/or certificates to 97 students from the divisions of Allied Health, Business & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Industrial Technologies; Nursing; and Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math (STEM).
Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for institutional effectiveness & student services, kicked off the ceremony with a note of celebration. Krueger noted that 91 percent of the graduating class lives in the College’s six-county service area of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding, Van Wert and Williams Counties, and that the grade point average of the class is 3.22.
Daniel Stuckey of Montpelier was the student speaker. He received an Associate of Applied Business in Business Management and is a member of the Kappa Beta Delta and Phi Theta Kappa honor societies. During his speech, Stuckey noted how two significant life events – the death of his father when Daniel was 8 years old and the death of his son Josh just over 10 years ago – helped shape the direction of his life and his education.
Stuckey noted, “I thought that going to college would be impossible. I lacked an education and I was working two jobs. I never missed a day of bus driving and I exceeded my goals in real estate last year. I’m graduating from college at 56 years old. Never say you can’t do something until you have tried your very best to achieve it. Pursue your dreams with all that’s in you and never give up. You will not regret it.”
The keynote speaker for this year’s Commencement Ceremony was Dr. Larry McDougle, president emeritus and former president of Northwest Technical College/Northwest State Community College. McDougle reflected fondly on his time at the College, noting of his 45 years spent in college administration, “without a doubt, (this was) the best 12 years of my career.”
McDougle also noted the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing, sharing a memory from the first commencement he attended as president. His engaging speech resonated with the graduates and the audience alike.
During the ceremony, twelve students were recognized as Award of Merit recipients. Award of Merit recipients are chosen by faculty from the respective divisions based on leadership involvement, special talents or abilities in their academic field, and significant contributions to Northwest State.
Award of Merit recipients included:
Allied Health, Business & Public Services
Bret Schliesser, Accounting
Amanda Andres, Accounting
Kristi Schlachter, Accounting
Stephen DeLaney, Business Management
Daniel Stuckey, Business Management
Janell Marchant, Criminal Justice
Brooke Thatcher, Medical Assisting
Arts & Sciences
Isabella Swartz, Associate of Arts
Noah Scheppler, Associate of Science
Arielle Young, Visual Communication/Graphic Design
Micah Peterson, Mechatronics
Cody Herman, Mechatronics
Kali Heffelfinger, Practical Nursing
Science, Technology, Engineering Technology & Math
Kurt Stokes, Electrical Engineering
Matthew Wulff, Electro-Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Roth, Mechanical Engineering
Trey Hesselschwardt, Project Management
The College also recognized three individuals who were recently awarded emeritus status, an honorary title awarded for distinguished service to the academic community. The three recipients were Lynda Cramer, former executive assistant to three NSCC president; Lori Bird, former dean of the Nursing Division; and Peter Beck, CEO of Automatic Feed, chair of the NSCC Foundation and former Board of Trustees member.