Lancaster – This Friday evening 455 degrees will be recognized at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington. Approximately 160 of the graduates will participate in the Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Honors Convocation Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in the Brasee Hall Gymnasium on the Lancaster Campus.
“Honors Convocation is a celebration of a life-changing accomplishment,” said Lancaster Campus Dean Jim Smith. “It is the culmination of everything students have worked for and the beginning of a new phase of their lives.”
Graduate Jessica Kull was nominated by student organization Alpha Phi Omega to speak on behalf of the students during the ceremony.
”I’m honored that my fellow APO members nominated me. I’m humbled that they thought I could represent them this way,” said Kull. “I’m going to talk about walking down the path of life and using shoes as a metaphor for that journey.”
The 35-year old mother of three is graduating with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting Technology. Kull said her speech will talk about the path leading to the future and will also examine the road traveled in the past to get to this point.
“If the graduates look at the people in the rows around them and look at the diversity around them, they will find that graduating from college isn’t just for young people anymore,” said Kull. “You can do it at any age. It’s a long journey for some and not for others.”
Student Becky Hoagland will also be recognized during the ceremony. She will receive the Ohio University Lancaster Krile Family Student Leadership Award.
“I was so surprised to find out I had been selected for this award,” said Hoagland. “I am honored and very appreciative.”
Hoagland was one of the Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington December Students of the Month. She is pursuing a degree in middle childhood education. Hoagland is currently secretary of the Ohio Student Education Association, as well as vice president of service for Phi Theta Kappa.
“I’ve learned that you don’t have to be in the forefront all the time,” said Hoagland. “You can work behind the scenes and be a leader and still make a difference.”
2013 Professor of the Year Brian Hoyt will make the commencement address. Hoyt is a business management technology professor. The 2014 Professor of the Year will also be announced.
Each year, Lancaster students who are members of the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa conduct a rigorous selection process to recognize a faculty member for excellence in teaching and the promotion of learning both inside and outside the classroom. The student selection committee solicits nominations, gathers supporting materials, and may visit classrooms as they make their choice.