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Dean Helfrich Commencement 2021 Video

December 10, 2021

Hello Graduates, family members, and friends. I’m Sara Helfrich, Interim Dean of The Patton College of Education, where we are committed to building leaders that push the fields of education and human services forever forward toward innovation, excellence, and inclusivity. Leaders who are change agents and who embrace diversity.

Throughout your time here, we have connected you with expert faculty, state and nationally-recognized programs, and immersive experiences in classrooms and in the field, in our own region and beyond.

Your time here has prepared you for whatever may come next in your journey. But wherever that path may lead you, one thing is certain – Ohio University will be a part of you, Forever. You’re now a part of the illustrious global network of Patton College alumni, bound together by the OHIO experience.

I’m OHIO Proud and Patton Proud of this class and all that you’ve overcome to achieve your goals. From all of us at Patton and OHIO, congratulations. We can’t wait to see how you answer the call to lead, effect change, and make the world a better place.


Sara R. Helfrich
Interim Dean
The Patton College of Education