St. Clairsville, OH (May 6, 2022) – Belmont College officials conferred degrees upon a multitude of graduates as part of the College’s 2022 Spring Graduation Ceremonies in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Hundreds of parents, extended family, faculty, and staff were present to congratulate the Class of 2022.
President Dr. Paul F. Gasparro welcomed the graduates, “I want to offer my warmest congratulations to our graduates. You have worked long and hard to be here tonight, and this ceremony is just the beginning of your future. Graduating from college is a major life accomplishment, and we are pleased to be able to share this momentous occasion with you.”
He continued, “Remember, no matter how far or how high you travel, you started here and you have a great foundation to build on. Tonight, is your night and I hope that you enjoy and celebrate it. We are very proud of your achievement and wish you good health, happiness, and continued success in whatever path you choose for your future.”
The Class of 2022 Valedictorian is Clayton Roskovich of Bellaire, Ohio. He graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Radiology and earned a grade point average of 4.0. He graduated with honors and is a member of Lambda Nu, National Honor Society for Radiologic and Imaging Sciences. Clayton was also awarded the 2022 Radiology Clinical Student of the Year; this award is given to the radiology student who has demonstrated the highest overall average in the clinical setting. He is scheduled to take his national certification exam on June 1st and has already obtained employment in the Radiology Department at WVU-Wheeling Hospital as a diagnostic radiologic technologist.
The class Salutatorian is Alexa Marley of Lewisville, Ohio. Alexa is a double major and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mental Health, an Associate of Science Degree, as well as a Certified Chemical Dependency Assistant Certificate. She is a College Credit Plus student and is graduating from Belmont College, as well as from Monroe Central High School this May. Alexa maintains a 3.974 GPA at Belmont. She graduated with honors, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the official honor society for two-year colleges, and was recently named to the All-Ohio Academic Third Team. Alexa is transferring to Wheeling University this fall and plans to major is psychology. After that, she plans to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist.
Graduates from the following programs participated in the commencement ceremony held on Thursday, May 5, 2022: Allied Health Administration; Certified Chemical Dependency Certificate; Computerized Legal Office Specialist; Criminal Justice; Early Childhood Education; Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic; Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Certificate; Firefighter; Legal Office Specialist Certificate; Medical Assisting; Medical Coding Certificate; Mental Health; Phlebotomy Technician Certificate; Practical Nursing Certificate; Radiologic Technology; Registered Nursing; and Transitional Nursing.
Mr. David Phillips delivered the keynote address to the May 5th graduates. Phillips currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of WVU Barnesville Hospital and Harrison Community Hospital. Both Hospitals are members of the West Virginia University Health System, (WVUHS). He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Hospital Association, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and is a past chair of the Small and Rural Committee.
Phillips holds a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Administration from Waynesburg University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Ohio University.
In his remarks, Phillips said, “With the careers (public service) you have chosen, there is someone out there depending on you that you have never met. There is someone depending on you to make a difference in their life. What will you choose to do with that power?” He continued, “We, the public, will owe you a debt of gratitude we cannot ever repay.”
Additionally, graduates from the following programs participated in the Friday, May 6, 2022 commencement ceremony : Accounting; Associate of Arts; Associate of Science; Bookkeeper I Certificate; Bookkeeper II Certificate; Building Preservation & Restoration; Business Administration & Leadership; Civil Engineering; Computer Applications Certificate; Cyber Security & Computer Forensics; Cyber Security Certificate; Electronic Media; Energy and Natural Resources; Engineering Applications Certificate; General Bookkeeping Certificate; Graphic Design Certificate; HVAC; HVAC Certificate; Industrial Electronics; Instrumentation and Control; Library Paraprofessional Maintenance Technician I Certificate; Maintenance Technician II Certificate; Natural Resources Certificate; Networking; Payroll Clerk Certificate; PC/Networking Technician Certificate; Pipeline Welder Helper I Certificate; Pipeline Welder Helper II Certificate; Process Technician; Process Control Certificate; Software Development Fundamentals Certificate; Welding Fabricator Certificate; Welding; and Welding Certificate.
Mr. Todd Cover, President and CEO of Belmont Savings Bank, delivered the keynote address to the May 6th graduates. He is currently the board president of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, he sits on the board and finance committee for Wheeling Health Right, and he is a board member for Belco Works. Additionally, Cover is a committee member for the Regional Development Funding Corporation, a Wheeling Lions Club member, and a board member for Appalachian Growth Capital.
Addressing the graduates, he said, “Everyday gives us something new. I encourage each of you to rely on your faith, and the values you’ve learned along the way. With good values, strong faith, and a positive attitude, you’ll be ready to take on this next chapter of life.”
Finally, a pinning ceremony was held during the Thursday evening commencement ceremony to honor the graduating students in the following programs: Associate Degree Nursing, Medical Assisting and Radiology.
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