Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2017 graduating class at the fall Commencement Ceremony on December 19. The ceremony recognized 113 degree and/or certificate recipients from the divisions of Allied Health & Public Services; Arts & Sciences; Business Technologies; Nursing; and Math, Science & Engineering Technologies. Sixty-six students participated in the ceremony.
Dr. Cindy Krueger, NSCC vice president for academic and student services, encouraged graduates on their journey ahead. “You have completed an important task–your college degree. You are now ready for the next chapter in your life,” Krueger said. “As you go forth, hold your head high, for you are on the path to success.” Krueger concluded her speech with a congratulations to the graduating class, thanking them for “allowing Northwest State to be (their) educational partner.”
Katherine Wolfe of Defiance was the student speaker. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and graduated Summa Cum Laude, with memberships in Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Delta Nu honor societies. During her speech, Wolfe mentioned that her registered nursing degree “represents a mid-life career change…one that (she) never expected,” a circumstance also shared by other fall graduates. Wolfe continued, “You are only as happy as you make up your mind you’re going to be. It’s less about possessions and fully about attitude. Count your blessings and be happy.”
The keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was James Hoops, associate vice president for strategic initiatives at Northwest State. Hoops, a former Henry County auditor and Ohio state representative, mixed personal stories of triumph and tragedy with words of encouragement.
“Life is uncertain and changing, life is going to be a challenge,” Hoops said. He also encouraged the graduates to stay connected. “You will become part of a large family of Northwest State Community College as an alumni. Please come back and visit, let us know how you’re doing. Also let us know what we can do better to help the surrounding communities.”
During the ceremony, fifteen 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 & Public Services
Rebecca Meyer, Medical Assisting
Ashley Malone, Medical Support
Kim Rosales, Human Services
Susan Benson, Paraprofessional Education
Mariah Slayback, Criminal Justice
Arts & Sciences
Ariel Krouse, Associate of Arts
Bree Rolon, Accounting
Francisca Franklin, Human Resource Management
Arika Nuest, Visual Communications – Graphic Design
Rebekah Both, Electrical Engineering Technology
Logan Brooker, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Shane Hancock, Machining
Zebulun Lillard, Maintenance Technology – Mechatronics
Haley Robbins, Practical Nursing
Katherine Wolfe, Registered Nursing