Ohio University Eastern Campus honored fall and summer 2021 graduates at the Graduation Recognition Ceremony held Thursday evening at the campus’ theater in St. Clairsville.
David Rohall, -OHIO Eastern Dean of campus and community relations, welcomed the graduates, veterans, alumni, faculty, staff, and honorees. He also noted special guests, including Eastern campus coordinating council representative, Ashley Dornan.
“Today is a joyous day to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of our graduates,” Rohall said.
Graduating student speaker Bailie Ray, of Cadiz, Ohio, addressed the audience by revealing aspects of her personal journey that led her to Ohio University Eastern. “I didn’t ever consider going to OHIO Eastern,” Ray shared. “I got accepted to, got a roommate for, and moved into Kent State University. I moved out about six hours later.”
After leaving Kent State, Ray described the moment she decided that she was Forever OHIO.
“I walked into Lisa Jeffries’ office (at OHIO Eastern) and within 20 minutes she handed me my Bobcat shirt, my schedule, and what I now know to be the best education that I could have gotten,” Ray said. “I am forever grateful to this place for saving me in more ways than one.”
Ray is graduating with a Bachelor of Middle Childhood Education degree and has accepted a position as a special education teacher at the Harrison County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Assistant Professor Emeritus of History Michael McTeague delivered the keynote address. McTeague, an alumnus and longtime faculty at Ohio University, has a reputation of being a true champion for the OHIO Eastern campus, advocating for education on all levels throughout our region.
McTeague began by quoting a statement by Robert Frost, "I shall be telling this with a sigh. Somewhere ages and ages hence. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
Then McTeague spoke directly to the graduating class sharing his wisdom, his vast experience, and unforgettable moments that he has experienced as an OHIO alumnus and renowned emeritus faculty.
Encouraging the graduating class, “Seize the moment, seize the opportunity, take the chance, and I think you will all do well,” he said.
McTeague also led the graduates in the O-H-I-O chant, OU, Oh Yeah.
John Prather, associate professor of mathematics, presented the 2021 graduation candidates.
Associate Degrees: Annaliese Ayres, Katherine Buck, Dylan Busby, Victoria Froehlich, Myla Ford, Noah Flynn, Darci Hartshorn, Jeannette Litteral, Haleigh Osman, Chase Westfall and Sierra Yoho
Bachelor Degrees: Amber Adamson, Kari Alexander, Carly Banal, Alyssia Blake, Madison Dwyer, Zach Frizzi, Joshua Goodall, Kayla Habig, Hannah Hermann, Chadd Huntsman, Samuel Karrasch, Justin Lane, Alyssa McCormick, Evan Ossman, Taylor Price, Bailie Ray, Taylor Stanford, Jill Tucker, Makayla Turkal, Mallory Uscio and Rebecca Zeroski.