ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio – The Ohio University Eastern Campus Honors Convocation will take place on Friday, May 3 at 7pm in the Health and Physical Education Center.
This year’s class features degree recipients in fields such as applied management, communication studies, criminal justice, early childhood education, exercise physiology, health services administration, history, middle childhood education, social work, specialized studies, and technical and applied studies.
The keynote speaker for the event will be Sean Patterson, a 1990 graduate of Steubenville High School and a 1996 graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminology. Several years later, he enrolled in graduate school, obtaining a master's degree in justice administration in 2007 from Tiffin University.
Sean has over twenty years of experience working with abused, neglected, dependent and developmentally disabled children, as well as children in the foster care system, and young adults who have experienced substance abuse problems. His work experiences have included stints at Franklin County Children Services, Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Hannah Neil Center for Children, The Buckeye Ranch and Maryhaven.
In 2010, Sean started The 411 Foundation in honor of his late father James Edward Patterson. The 411 Foundation is committed to helping young adults to become independent thinkers, hard workers and leaders in their communities. His passion includes teaching life skills for at risk youth and adults who live in government housing and credits his parents, James and Eula Patterson, for his inspiration and direction.
Sean enjoys contributing to his community and helping those in need by volunteering at a variety of local organizations and shelters. He is also the boys’ soccer coach for Central Ohio Elite Soccer Club. Sean is a 2018 Steubenville High School Pathfinder award recipient and a 2018 Jefferson award finalist.
Sean has a twelve year old son, Isaac, who means the world to him.
The student speaker, Brooke Robinson, earned a 3.65 GPA, and is graduating cum laude with a double major in communication studies and applied management. She also earned an associate's degree in specialized studies with a concentration in health & wellness.
The 2015 St. Clairsville High School graduate transferred to Ohio University Eastern at the beginning of her sophomore year and immediately found her niche. She spearheaded the formation of RAGE, an all-women's fitness group on campus, which focused on a mission of empowerment, encouragement and a healthy lifestyle. In addition, she made history by becoming the first Eastern Campus student to ever be appointed to the Ohio University Student Senate.
The Eastern Campus will also be recognizing Dan Milleson as the newest recipient of the Austin C. Furbee Award. This award is given annually to recognize an individual who has shown dedication, commitment and service to Ohio University and to the community. The award dinner will be on Thursday, May 23 at Belmont Hills Country Club.
A reception for the graduates and their families, faculty, and staff will be held immediately following the ceremony.