For Miami Valley Today
PIQUA — Nearly 500 students were honored during Edison State Community College’s 44th annual commencement ceremony held on May 10.
Edison State President Dr. Doreen Larson gave a speech praising the hard work of the graduates and explained the value of their accomplishments.
“Your lives and those of your family are forever changed for the better,” Larson said. “Good jobs, special scholarships, further education, and other opportunities available only to college completers will now be open to you and, unlike so many other things, a diploma or certificate does not fade in value, does not have an expiration date, and does not become replaced by the latest model.”
During the ceremony, Dr. Cassie Barlow, Interim President at Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, delivered a keynote address praising the hard work each graduate put forth to receive their diploma.
“The fact that you are here today is proof that you have worked diligently and made the most of the opportunities afforded you by your parents, your families, your school, and your community,” Barlow said.
“Education is the theory and the foundation upon which all journeys begin. The practical begins tomorrow. Some of you will go on to complete bachelor’s degrees, others will complete master’s degrees, and others will search out special certifications. But all of you have one thing in common–you want to do better in the future, you want to make tomorrow better than today, and you all have a collective goal–to contribute to your state and nation, to make society a better place through your contributions.”
Barlow, who spent 26 years of her career in the United State Air Force most recently serving as the 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, then went on to thank the graduates.
“I want to thank you for your focus on education and on making the world a better place. America must succeed in its latest endeavors. The stakes are very high. If we don’t win, we lose it for our children, and it’s far too important to do that.”
“So, when you leave here today continue to reach for the stars. Take what your educators, your school, and your family have given you and use it to make your life better, and to make life better for the people around you. America will then be a much better place.”
This year’s graduating class earned over 550 degrees and certificates in such career areas as the arts, business, communications, engineering and manufacturing, health sciences, humanities, information technology, mathematics, sciences, and social and public services.
The Edison State Community College Class of 2019 features:
• 479 graduates earned 564 degrees or certificates;
• 40 percent are career degrees
• 22 percent Associate of Arts or Associate of Science transfer degrees
• 37 percent 1-year certificates
• 2 percent short-term technical certificates
• Ages range from 16.7 to 60. Median age is 28.
• 35 will graduate with honors (GPA 3.5-3.74), 46 with high honors (GPA 3.75-3.99), and 22 with highest honors (GPA 4.0).
• 58 percent are female, 42 percent male.
• 35 percent live in Miami County, 21 percent in Shelby County and 21 percent in Darke County.
• 20 Ohio counties are represented.
• 35 graduates are high school seniors. 1 graduate is a high school junior.
• 1 graduate is a high school sophomore.
• 43 percent of graduates completed at least one developmental course.
• 39 percent transferred credit hours to Edison State.
• 191 students with transfer credit totaled 7,539 hours transferred, averaging 39.5 hours per student.
• 48 percent of graduates are first generation.
• Figures represent graduates in academic year 2018-19 as of April 26, 2019