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Ohio Campuses Hold Inaugural Pinning Ceremonies

Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 [7:14 AM]

CINCINNATI -- History was made in southern Ohio as the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling held pinning ceremonies to celebrate the inaugural graduating classes of the college's two Ohio community campuses.

On Tuesday night, 12 students were pinned at the college's Southern State Community Campus, and then three students were pinned at the college's Cincinnati Community Campus. The campuses were founded in 2009.

"There may be at some point larger classes, but there will never be a first class again," LWC School of Professional Counseling Dean John Rigney told the graduates at the Southern State pinning ceremony. "You have my respect for what you have done."

Thanks an innovative partnership between LWC and Cincinnati State Technical & Community College and Southern State Community College in Hillsboro, Ohio, the 15 students earned a bachelor's degree in human services and counseling or a master's degree in counseling and human development in less than two years. The students attended evening and weekend classes at the community college campuses. The classes were taught by LWC faculty.

The program's graduates will enter the mental-health and counseling professions where they will serve residents Cincinnati, southeastern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

In his keynote address, LWC instructor Steve Durkee told the Southern State graduates that they "are the future of the human services ministry and outreach in this community."
"You are the ones who will lead human services and the agencies in this immediate surrounding area," he said. 

Durkee told the graduates that because they will work in a helping profession, thousands of lives will be changed.

"You all are truly compassionate people," Durkee said. "There are clients waiting to be served by you -- each of you are the one that will make a difference. Each of you will have literally thousands of clients that will only be best-served by you. Had you not been here, they wouldn't get the service."

The three students who were members of the first class who graduated from the LWC Cincinnati Community Campus were called pioneers. 

"They had to endure a lot to get to this point," LWC Assistant Professor of Human Services and Counseling Mark Staples said in his keynote address. "They were pioneers, they were trailblazers for this campus. ... They were bold and brave and tenacious and risk-takers who said, 'Bring it on.'"

The three Cincinnati Community Campus students were more than dreamers, Staples said. They were students who put their dreams into action.

"It's great to dream, but they put legs on the dream," he said.

The Southern State Community Campus graduates honored were: undergraduates Georgeann Alexander of Peebles, Ohio; Tonia Farley of Sabina, Ohio; Leslie Fizer of Hillsboro, Ohio; Derek Jordan Hillsboro, Ohio; Shannon Jordan of Hillsboro, Ohio; Amy McGraw of Washington Court House, Ohio; Elizabeth Molodetz of Hillsboro, Ohio; Crystal Morris of Peebles, Ohio; Sarah Southworth of Fayette, Ohio; Kathy Stevens of Hillsboro, Ohio; and Betsy Taylor of Greenfield, Ohio; and graduate student Charles Lucas of Scottown, Ohio.

The Cincinnati Community Campus graduates honored were: undergraduates ShaRon Leonard of Florence, Ky., Shannon Owens of Cincinnati and Chevon Peterson of Cincinnati.

Scenes from pinning ceremonies ...
Click here to see pictures from the Cincinnati Community Campus ceremony.
Click here to see pictures from the Southern State Community Campus ceremony. 



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