LIMA — Students from 36 states and 32 countries received degrees or diplomas from the University of Northwestern Ohio Sunday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
An overflow crowd watched the ceremonies, which featured two student speakers. Emily Jenkins represented the College of Applied Technologies. Her major was Agricultural Equipment and Diesel Technology.
“Today we come together to celebrate the many years of hard work and dedication that has led us to this moment,” said Jenkins.
“We have come from all over the world. Some of us have traveled hundreds of miles, yet some, only a few. I made my journey to UNOH two years ago to work towards achieving my degree. You might all ask yourself why I chose my degree in this university. The simplest answer to that question is passion — passion for the agricultural and diesel field and passion for wanting to become a technician in those fields. What drives this passion is my eagerness to earn a degree where I can give back to the agricultural and diesel fields who provide so much for us, such as growing quality foods that we put on our tables,” she added. “My college journey here at UNOH has been filled with trials, joy, happiness, and wonderful experiences.”
Sandra Woodmansee represented the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, and Occupational Professions. She majored in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. She was also a member of the UNOH softball team.
“A wise man once said, ‘At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have but what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you have lifted up and who you have made better. It’s about what you have given back.’ With that, I want to say thank you to those who have lifted us up and those who have made us better. Thank you to the instructors and the professors who taught us the relevant content that will help us in our career in our jobs, who reminded us that our intelligence is not reflective by a piece of paper who cared more about our future than our grades, who went above and beyond to help us when we struggled in our studies and in our personal lives,” Woodmansee said.
Of the 1,279 students receiving degrees, 290 have earned two or more credentials.
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