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Ohio University Eastern in St. Clairsville Honors 2019 Graduates

Ohio University’s Eastern Campus honored graduates, student leaders and special guests at the Honors and Recognition Convocation last Friday at the campus’ Health and Physical Education Center in St. Clairsville.

Eastern Campus Dean Bob Klein welcomed the graduates and special guests. He was followed by the student speaker, Brooke Robinson, and keynote speaker, Sean Patterson.

“I love this time of year,” Klein said. “There is nowhere else I want to be tonight than right here, celebrating with you. So many moments of fortune and devotion have made it possible for us to be present with each other here tonight. It is truly a special evening.

“Graduates, this is your moment. Enjoy it. It is a symbolic moment, but a moment to acknowledge the total process that began with a dream about what education could bring, this led to taking a risk–taking the time to invest in yourself, this was followed by challenging yourself with rigorous coursework led by our excellent faculty who believed in you and supported you on the way there. Congratulations to all on a job well done.”

Robinson graduated with a double major in communication studies and applied management.

The 2015 St. Clairsville High School graduate began by thanking all in attendance and proceeded to reminisce about her experiences at the Eastern Campus.

“Thinking back about our time here as students, there are many emotions and words that could describe the events, challenges, and life-changing decisions we have made. But, one thing is for certain: we all worked very hard to get to this day.”

Robinson transferred to Ohio University Eastern at the beginning of her sophomore year and immediately found her niche. “I quickly discovered that the opportunities at the Eastern Campus would allow me to better conquer my goals and aspirations. For example, I was able to start up an all-women’s fitness group whose mission is to empower women to empower themselves and other women. Then, I became the first student senator to represent our campus and help my fellow peers share their voices. Following that was two internships, summer classes, and second jobs that allowed me to earn three degrees.”

Patterson graduated from Steubenville High School in 1990. He earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and criminology from Ohio University in 1996 and obtained a master’s degree in justice administration from Tiffin University in 2007.

“As a proud graduate of Ohio University, I am humbled to be standing before you this evening. Growing up thirty minutes away, I never thought that I would have the opportunity to come back to be a part of such an important day,” Patterson said.

“Looking back, I can vividly remember my experiences at the Eastern Campus, which included the drive to and from class each day, the opportunity to play basketball, my friends and teammates, and the professors that I had the chance to learn from. Thank you Michael McTeague, Patrick Wood, and Coach Jay Morris for making me believe that I belonged here on this college campus. You gave me the confidence and helped me to find my voice as a student and as an individual.”

E.J. Schodzinski, director of external relations, recognized Dan Milleson as the 2019 recipient of the Austin C. Furbee award, in recognition of outstanding contributions to Ohio University and the community.

“Dan has been a key contributor to the success of our recent development initiatives. He has been a champion on our community foundation board for the last several years and played a significant role in the success of our 60th Anniversary Campaign and Gala,” Schodzinski said. “His commitment to Ohio University and the community has been exemplified by his dedication to Harrison County Schools, involvement in the local business community, and the establishment of the R. Kinsey Milleson Public Service Scholarship at the Eastern Campus.”

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