By Susan Hartley
May 7, 2014
PIQUA — Edison Community College will hold its 39th spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 9. A total of 321 students will have credentials conferred at the ceremony that will be held at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium on the Piqua Campus. Of those graduating, 256 will receive associate degrees and 53 will receive certificates in a variety of programs.
Edison this week announced that United States Senator Sherrod Brown will serve as the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Brown was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, having previously served as a United States Representative for the 13th District, Ohio’s Secretary of State, a member of the Ohio General Assembly. Included in Brown’s legislative priorities is his bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI), legislation that brings togetherlocal industries with Ohio universities and community colleges, federal agencies, and all levels of government to help create new jobs in high-growth industries.
“Few commencements are as special as those at community colleges, which celebrate hard work, family, and overcoming obstacles. Edison Community College is no exception,” Brown said. “By offering industry-designed programs focused on training students for cutting-edge jobs, Edison prepares its graduates well for today’s economy. I’m honored to join the more than 250 graduates at this year’s commencement at Edison Community College.”
Commencement will also include a welcome and introduction from James Thompson, Edison Board of Trustees chairman; a student address by Kimberly Rhoades, 2014 Edison graduate; an introduction of the keynote speaker by Darryl Mehaffie, Edison Board of Trustees vice chairman; presentation of candidates for degree by Patricia Ross, senior vice president for academic affairs; and special acknowledgements from Edison’s president, Cristobal Valdez.
“Spring commencement is a wonderful celebration of the success of our students,” said Pamela Gibellino, Director of Student Success at Edison. “Our diverse population will move forward in many different ways. Some will begin their career in a technical field, some will transfer to a four-year school, and some will continue their education on our campus by seeking another goal or working with our four-year university partners. We are very proud of our graduates and grateful to family, friends, faculty, and staff for the support they have provided to our graduates.”
A reception for the graduates and those attending to celebrate this milestone with them will be held immediately following the ceremony.