Belmont College Holds Summer Commencement Ceremony
St. Clairsville, OH (August 6, 2014) – Officials at Belmont College conferred degrees upon a multitude of graduates as part of the College’s 2014 summer graduation ceremony which was held on August 1.
Board of Trustees Chair, Mrs. Elizabeth Gates welcomed the graduates and Dr. Rebecca J. Kurtz, Vice President of Learning and Student Success, presented achievement recognition awards to the top students in the graduating class.
The Summer Class of 2014 valedictorian, Rachel Harvey of Cambridge, Ohio received her degree in Early Childhood Education. Kramer earned a grade-point-average of 3.98 and graduated with honors.
The class salutatorian, Lynette Parsons of Bethesda, Ohio earned her degree in Business Management: Small Business Administration and Leadership. Parsons achieved a grade-point-average of 3.92 and graduated with honors.
Ms. Christine Kerwood delivered the keynote address to the graduates. Ms. Kerwood is the Chief Nursing Officer at East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio. She has worked locally in the medical field for more than 35 years, with experience in the areas of administration, patient care, and critical care. She worked as an Associate Professor of Nursing at Belmont College for many years, and currently serves on advising boards for Belmont College, West Liberty University, and West Virginia Northern Community College. Ms. Kerwood is a graduate of West Virginia Northern Community College, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Liberty State College and a Master of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University.
Speaking to the graduates Ms. Kerwood said, “Graduates, everyone in this auditorium has contributed in some way to your life’s educational journey. Cherish those moments and those memories. Thank those who most influenced your life, who supported you and cared for you during your journey. And please remember to ‘pay it forward’ – as your life lessons can positively influence future students! Become a positive role model and mentor.”
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