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Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton Welcomed As Commencement Speaker

On Thursday, June 2 graduates of the ANU Richmond Campus Class of 2016 was honored to have Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton serve as guest speaker of their Commencement Ceremony at First Baptist Church.

During her commencement address, Lt. Governor Hampton explained that her career has taken a number of twists and turns which were unexpected, but ultimately contributed to her career success.

“Be ready for those unexpected twists. Some of the jobs that I’ve had came out of the blue—I say it was God’s hand in the mix,” she explained. “Opportunity is going to come, and you don’t know what it’s going to look like. It could come in many forms, and it could be unexpected. You be ready.”

“Opportunity is going to come and you don't know what it's going to look like. You be ready.”

During the service, outstanding graduates were also presented with awards: Tonita Janinne Rose, Achievement Award; Lisa Bargo, Leadership Award; Sheena Pitman, E. M. Coulter Award; Jennifer L. Guier, Joseph E. Hurn Award; and Cindy Arbuthnot, Mary P. McGurn Award.

Cynthia Hansel, a graduate of the business administration-accounting and the administrative office professional programs, who has been a member of the staff at the Richmond Campus since 2009, was this year’s recipient of the Alumni Hall of Achievement Award.

Before coming to American National University, she worked as a housekeeper at Rockcastle Regional Hospital and as a production worker in a factory. “I always loved the idea of working in an office setting and interacting with people, and I knew that I would need an education in order to make that dream job come true,” Cynthia said. “Going to a large university was not a good fit for me.  I wanted to find a place where I could gain the necessary skills and knowledge to find my dream job. With the small classes and being able to take night classes--I found the perfect place here at American National University.”

Photo A-The ANU Richmond Campus Class of 2016

Photo B- Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton encouraged the graduates to be ready for unexpected opportunities during her Commencement Address.




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