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Judge Passes along Words of Wisdom with a Dose of Humor



Jun 30, 2015

On Friday, May 8, the Dayton Area Campus celebrated their commencement ceremony at Christ United Methodist Church of Kettering. The campus was honored to have the Honorable Judge Walter Herbert Rice serve as the commencement speaker.

“Maintain a healthy skepticism, question conventional wisdom, and challenge the way things have always been done.”

Judge Rice’s address was inspirational while also providing moments of comic relief. “Make no mistake there will be plenty of clichés in this speech, but I will warn you before using one,” he joked. Among the valuable pieces of advice Judge Rice offered the graduates was the encouragement “to maintain a healthy skepticism, question conventional wisdom, and challenge the way things have always been done.”

After Judge Rice’s address, academic awards were presented to the following graduates: Steven W. Hines and Rita C. Shaw – Achievement Award; Gretchen Eslick – Leadership Award; Rhonda L. Hall and Patricia A. Himes-Stevens – E. M. Coulter Award; Debora S. Parslow – Mary P. McGurn Award; Emily K. Ruxer and Saudia K. Williams – Joseph E. Hurn Award; Walter E. Smith – M. A. Smythe Award; and Waver Ann Jewett – Alumni Hall of Achievement Award. 

Congratulations to all the graduates and award recipients, and best of luck on your future endeavors!

A- The Honorable Judge Walter Herbert Rice delivered a commencement speech that was inspirational, with a touch of humor.

B- The Dayton Area Campus Class of 2015

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