WSCC Honors Class of 2013 Graduates
Washington State Community College (WSCC) extends its warmest congratulations to each of the 404 students in the graduating class of 2013.
WSCC President Dr. Bradley Ebersole expressed his pleasure to see another group of students successfully achieve their educational goals. "These students are a success today, and will be a success in the future," he said. "We are honored that they have chosen WSCC to build their lives, and proud that they are alumni of this wonderful college."
Dr. John Tigue, Vice President for Academic Affairs, also commented on the success of the graduating class. "Washington State Community College is proud of our student graduates, who made a commitment to better their careers and themselves through education," he said. "Some will continue their studies in pursuit of a bachelor's degree, others will move directly into the workforce, and some will make career changes," he remarked.
Speakers for this year's graduation ceremony included State Senator Lou Gentile and State Representative Andy Thompson. "It was an honor and privilege to address the 2013 graduating class at Washington State Community College," said Senator Gentile, who spoke at the 10:00 ceremony. "I am optimistic that this graduating class will have great success ahead of them, and I am confident that they will make a lasting contribution to Washington County and all of Southeast Ohio."
Representative Thompson addressed the noon ceremony. Before taking the stage, he commented on the momentousness of the occasion. "It a great day for the families, the school, and the graduates," he said. "It represents the greatest achievement you can hope for students, and that is to get to the finish line, and to do so successfully."
Many students also voiced their excitement about graduating. Class of 2013 graduate and PSEO student Cody Guy related his feelings about completing his journey at WSCC. "It's really cool to get to graduate H.S. with a college degree; on top of that, I have half of my college out of the way," he said. "I am going to a four-year school next year, and planning to study to be a H.S. teacher," said Guy. "WSCC has helped me to start my journey, and I am happy that I did PSEO."
Honor student Dillon Strahler is also excited about his future as a civil engineering major at Ohio University. He had the honor of addressing his fellow graduates as one of two student commencement speakers. "I have never been too into academics, but I really excelled at Washington State," he said. Brenda Kornmiller, Dean of Business, Engineering, and Industrial Technologies, explained how Strahler's success story underscores WSCC's commitment to student accomplishment. "All kinds of students can find success here, if they are willing to work hard" she said. When asked what knowledge he will take away from his experience as a WSCC student, Strahler responded: "Life lessons. I learned a lot from all of my instructors."
There was a total of 258 graduates in the spring of 2013. The class of 2013 total also includes students who participated in separate pinning ceremonies for the Health and Wellness Department throughout the week of May 6th, 65 students who graduated in the Fall Semester, and 81 more who are scheduled to graduate in the summer of 2013.