American National University

Commencement Speaker Asks Graduates, “What is Your Tomorrow?”

Excitement was in the air when the family and friends of the Cincinnati Campus Class of 2015 gathered at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal on June 13 to watch as their loved ones accepted their diplomas during the annual commencement ceremony.

“You think when you're older you're not going to make it, but you know what—I made it; I got a degree.”

Commencement speaker Ron Morris delivered inspiring words to the graduates and their guests as he told his own story of being adopted at the age of three by a lady with a third grade education and rising to build a very successful career in police administration.

“I am still enriching my career and working on my tomorrow,” explained Mr. Morris as he encouraged the graduates to do the same. “Define success for yourself and never stop working on your tomorrow.”

Following Mr. Morris’s inspirational message, several outstanding graduates were recognized with awards: Mahogany Gray—Achievement Award; Autumn Hoyt—Leadership Award; Keasha Brown and Briauna Webster—E. M. Coulter Award; John Kirk—Mary P. McGurn Award; Edward Thomas—Joseph E. Hurn Award; and Stacie Owens—M. A. Smythe Award. 

Shauntel Dobbins, a 2013 graduate of the business administration-management program, was also presented with the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award during the ceremony. You can read more about her career here:

Stacie Owens, the recipient of the M. A. Smythe Award, shared that she began her education at the Parkersburg Campus, and then transferred to the Cincinnati Campus when she relocated back to the area. She feels that her future is bright after earning her degree in the information systems engineering program at ANU. “I’m on my way,” she said proudly. “You think when you’re older you’re not going to make it, but you know what—I made it, I got a degree.”

A- The Cincinnati Campus Class of 2015.

B- Information systems engineering graduate Stacie Owens (left) was the recipient of the M. A. Smythe Award for academic achievements.


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