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Graduates Hear Words of Encouragement from Two Government Officials



Jun 30, 2015

On May 14, graduates of the Parkersburg Campus were joined by family and friends during the commencement ceremony held at the Parkersburg Art Center to celebrate achieving such a wonderful milestone in their lives.

The campus was honored to have Judge Donna Jackson of the Western Regional Drug Court serve as the commencement speaker. Judge Jackson has been a life-long resident of Parkersburg and told the graduates that their journey is like a running a marathon – you can’t lead by looking over your shoulder. “Be prepared to run, to face obstacles and overcome them,” she explained. She also said that their testimony might be the one thing someone else needs to hear to change their life.

Another special guest was in attendance that evening. Chris Childs, who is the Regional Coordinator for Senator Joe Manchin’s office, spoke to the graduates as a representative for Senator Manchin. “Senator Manchin sends his congratulations and knows that education is important. He challenges you all to stay in West Virginia, and make a positive impact on our community,” Mr. Childs shared with the graduates.

“Be prepared to run, to face obstacles and overcome them.”

During the ceremony, several graduates were presented with awards for their exemplary hard work: Kayla N. Davis – Achievement Award; Amy B. Lamp – Leadership Award; Autumn Nicole Roach – E. M. Coulter Award; Mark D. Blouir – Joseph E. Hurn Award; Richard Craig Robinson – M. A. Smythe Award; Karen C. Stump – Dorothy Coulter Hancock Award; and Angela Dawn Rhodes – Mary P. McGurn Award.

Graduate Ashley Theobold, who received her associate’s degree in medical assisting, in addition to her medical office specialist diploma, shared that “the instructors and classmates are like a second family to me, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at American National University.”

A- The Parkersburg Campus Class of 2015

B- Commencement speaker Judge Donna Jackson told the graduates that their journey is like a running a marathon.

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