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Billy and Holly Love

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Liberty Bell

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Student speakers are named for OU-C's Recognition of Graduation event

Student participants and faculty marshals have been named for the upcoming Recognition of Graduation event at Ohio University-Chillicothe. OU-C will salute students who have earned their college degrees during the 2012-13 academic year at 7:30 p.m. on May 3 in the Shoemaker Center.

Holly and Billy Love, who are military veterans earning their associate degrees in Office Technology (OTEC), will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance. Liberty Bell, who is earning her bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration, will share her reflections.

Holly and Billy Love met while in the Army and stationed in Fort Knox, Ky. They later married and have moved to Billy's hometown of McArthur, where they have been raising their three children in addition to attending college. Billy is a Vinton County High School graduate, and Holly is a native of Scottsburg, Ind., and graduate of Scottsburg Senior High School. 

Billy Love, who has completed courses to obtain a medical certificate as part of the OTEC program, plans to pursue a bachelor's degree with a goal of working for the local VA Medical Center. Holly Love, who completed the legal certificate portion of the OTEC program, also plans to pursue a bachelor's degree, in communication studies, and looks to work in a law office or courthouse and then eventually attend law school.

"We have enjoyed our time here at Ohio University-Chillicothe, and we are looking forward to the fast-approaching graduation ceremony," Holly Love said.

Bell, a Chillicothe High School graduate, plans to pursue her MBA while also working in the finance and accounting areas at Adena Health System, where she served an internship as part of her academic program. Bell has also been active as a student tutor in the campus' Supplemental Instruction program, which emphasizes a peer-guided approach to college success.

"Attending OU-C has completely changed my life from where I was five or six years ago," Bell said. "Being around people with a focus and goals as well as positive attitudes has helped to give me direction. On campus, I had the support of people who wanted me to do well, including faculty and staff members. My OU-C experience has opened doors of opportunity for me."

Bell, a self-described "numbers person," chose the Health Services Administration program so she could make a positive impact on others in her career pursuits. "Both of my sisters are nurses, and while primary patient care is not for me, this is a way that I can contribute to the health-care field," she said.

Bell attended college on the Chillicothe Campus straight out of high school for 1 ½ years before returning after a 14-year layoff in 2011 with a new focus. "I spent that time piecing together jobs and living paycheck to paycheck. I wanted to give college another try and attempt to do something big with my life."

Faculty marshals for the graduation event include Char Miller, associate degree; Dywayne Nicely, bachelor's degree; and Barbara Trube, master's degree.

Music will be provided by the Great Seal of Ohio Band.

As previously announced, former Olympian Cindy Noble Hauserman will deliver the keynote address. Also, long-time OU-C faculty member and theater director Ken Breidenbaugh will receive the Rich Bebee Alumni Leadership Award.

A total of 513 students earned their associate, bachelor's and master's degrees from Ohio University while attending the Chillicothe Campus this academic year, and more than 200 students are expected to participate in the upcoming event.

A pinning ceremony for OU-C's nursing program students will take place at 6 p.m. on May 2 in the Shoemaker Center.

A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 3 for faculty and staff members, Regional Coordinating Council members and platform party participants. A reception for the graduates and their families will be held immediately after the ceremony in the Shoemaker Center's upper level.

Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus of Ohio University.