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Forty-two Graduates Celebrate Important Milestone



The Youngstown Campus’s 2015 commencement ceremony was held on Thursday, May 21 in the Powers Auditorium’s Ford Hall, with 42 graduates celebrating their accomplishments.

The commencement speaker for the evening was Michael Lyons, who is the Christian Education Director at New Bethel Baptist Church and serves as a faculty member at the Youngstown Campus. He congratulated the graduates on their success and wished them luck on their future endeavors.

The applause was loud, and the cheers even louder when the graduates received their diplomas. Several exemplary graduates were presented with awards for academic achievements: Ayat Salman – Joseph E. Hurn Award; William H. Fain, Jr. – Leadership Award; Max L. Case, Jr. and Debbie Carter – M. A. Smythe Award.

“I really enjoyed the small class sizes, focus on the students, […] and the care that the instructors have for their students.”

Ayat Salman just relocated to the United States three years ago and enrolled at the Youngstown Campus a year ago. She graduated with her associate’s degree in business administration-management. “I really enjoyed the small class sizes, focus on the students, especially with English being my second language, and the care that the instructors have for their students,” Ayat stated.

A- Ayat Salman (3rd from left) graduated with her associate’s degree in business administration-management and was the recipient of the Joseph E. Hurn Award for academic achievement.

B- The Youngstown Campus Class of 2015

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