Graduation signifies the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. It is a time of reflection and celebration. Graduates reflect on the obstacles they had to overcome, the things that led them to that spot in their life, and the different roads they took to get there. After many months, late nights, externships, and clinical hours they finally get to celebrate their new destination in life.
These individuals have taken on many names in their lives. They have been called things like son, daughter, husband, wife, mother, father, brother, sister, friend, and classmate. For many months now they have been “student.” It is with great pride and pleasure, OVCT can now call these individuals “graduates”.
On August 16, 2019, there were many smiling faces at OVCT’s graduation ceremony, not just the graduates but also their instructors and program directors.
“Besides orientation, graduation is my favorite time of year! It’s when we get to all come together and recognize the amazing journey these students have taken. As a fellow graduate, it’s a sense of pride in welcoming these graduates as new alumni! I want to send a special shout out to our recent Business graduates as it’s my first group that I’ve mentored from day one until graduation as the Business Director! I’m so thankful to have met all of our students and now graduates!! I can’t wait to see all of their amazing accomplishments in life!!” says Mr. Ream
This group of individuals consists of business professionals, dental assistants, medical office administrators like billers and coders, medical assistants, and Registered Nurses.
Graduation was held at East Liverpool High School’s auditorium and honored over a hundred Ohio Valley College of Technology graduates. One program director stated that they “loved seeing the support the grads had! There were so many people that we ran out of seats. That says a lot!”
“My favorite part of graduation was being there for students on their first day of class and then getting to watch them walk across the stage and receive their degrees. I remember one student, in particular. She came to our campus right before the Holidays (2017) with her little baby who was only two months old. Now, her daughter who is not even two years old, was in the auditorium and saw her mom in her cap and gown to receive her degree from Mr. Rogers.” says one of OVCT’s Admissions Advisors.
Following the graduation ceremony was the Nursing Pinning Ceremony for the Class of 2019. Nursing graduates were accompanied by selected family and friends to receive their nursing pin. Mrs. Tammy Clutter, RN, MSN shared the history of the nursing pin and what the colors signified. Afterward, nursing graduates stood in their white uniforms and took the Nightingale Pledge.
The following graduates received awards in recognition of their academic and clinical achievements:
Academic Excellence Award
Clinical Excellence Award
Florence Nightingale Award
Ohio Valley College of Technology wants to recognize the graduates who maintained a GPA of 4.00 throughout their program of study.