The fall commencement at Owens Community College will have 538 graduates, including 118 from the Findlay campus,
The ceremony begins 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 in the Student Health and Activities Center on the college’s main campus on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.
Katherine Fell, president of the University of Findlay, will be the keynote speaker. She has been the university’s president 2010 and has led the school through an update of its 2005-15 Strategic Plan, adding emphases on international travel and service learning. She is a member of the American Association of University Women and of Handbags That Help, a women’s philanthropic organization serving Hancock County. A native of Stamps, Ark., she holds a bachelor of science in education in English from Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, and a master of arts in English from Louisiana Technical University in Ruston, La. She completed a doctorate in English from Texas A&M University at College Station.
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Chelsey McMillan, 22, a registered nursing student, has been selected as the Owens class representative and will address the graduates during the commencement ceremony. The Monroe, Mich., resident started at Owens in January, 2011 after working toward a nursing degree at another college.
Ms. McMillan holds a 4.0 grade-point average at Owens and enjoys running marathons in her personal time.
Her instructors said she is a student who always goes above and beyond in her studies, has a positive attitude, and is outstanding in patient care.
“If it wasn’t for Owens, I wouldn’t have the chance at becoming a registered nurse. Owens did so much more than give me a degree, they gave me a chance to do what I love,” said Ms. McMillan.
After graduation, she envisions working as an obstetrics nurse and plans on pursuing her bachelor’s degree and eventually becoming a certified nurse midwife or a nurse practitioner.