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Jan Rader keynote speaker at Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Jan Rader keynote speaker at Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Jan Rader will give the keynote address at the Ohio University Southern Spring 2021 Graduate Recognition Ceremony at 7 p.m. on April 29 in the Shafer Courtyard.

A native of Ironton, Ohio, Jan Rader joined the Huntington Fire Department in August of 1994. Ms. Rader is the first woman to reach the rank of Chief for a career department in the State of West Virginia. She holds a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University and an Associate Degree of Science in Nursing from Ohio University.

Jan holds many fire service certifications and is also a Fire and EMS Instructor in the State of West Virginia. Since November of 2014 Chief Rader has been serving as a member of the Mayor’s Office of Drug Control Policy. The purpose of this task force is to address drug addiction in Huntington and the surrounding communities and create a holistic approach involving prevention, treatment and law enforcement.

Jan recently came to national prominence after the release of the short documentary “Heroin(e)” by Netflix in September of 2017.  Then in April of 2018, she was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Due to COVID restrictions and social distancing measures seating is limited to those who have RSVP’d and there will be assigned seating for all.

Everyone attending this event is required to wear face masks and must follow all Ohio University Policies, including health and safety policies and posted instructions while on Ohio University grounds. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

In the event of inclement weather, an alternate date is set for Sunday, May 2, at 5 p.m.  

Pictures and a video recording of the ceremony will be available on the OHIO University Southern website no later than Friday, May 14.

For more information, visit our Graduate Recognition page.