ARCHBOLD, OHIO – Northwest State Community College celebrated the 2015 graduating class at its forty-fifth Commencement Ceremony today. The ceremony recognized 352 graduates from the divisions of Allied Health & Public Services, Arts & Sciences, Business Technologies, Nursing and Math, Science & Engineering Technologies.
Dr. Thomas Stuckey, NSCC president, congratulated the graduates on their achievements encouraging them that the future is bright for careers in northwest Ohio.
Hayden Mueller of Defiance, Ohio, was the student speaker. He received an Associate of Science Degree as a Post-Secondary Option student and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Set to receive his high school diploma from Tinora High School next month, Mueller discussed how Northwest State instructors opened his mind to new ideas.
“Nothing is beyond the power of critical thought…all of a sudden discussion did matter, and hearing opinions of others seemed more prudent than my own thoughts” according to Mueller.
Keynote speaker for this year’s commencement ceremony was Jack Hershey, president of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. He encouraged the students, “Do not be afraid to take risks. Do not be afraid to fail. And most importantly, do not be ashamed when you do.” He went on to challenge the students to look for new opportunities, be passionate in what they do and to never stop learning.
Following the recognition of the graduates, Dr. Stuckey announced Hunter Clingaman as the recipient of the President’s Outstanding Student Award. This award is given to a student who has gone above and beyond, both on campus and in the classroom.
Clingaman resides in Stryker, Ohio, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. While attending classes at Northwest State, he also secured an internship at General Motors in Defiance that allowed him to gain valuable work experience while working toward his degree. He was a Presidential Scholar and member of Phi Theta Kappa.