MARIETTA - Washington State Community College held a commencement exercise Saturday for 404 students in the graduating class of 2013.
WSCC President Bradley Ebersole said, "These students are a success today, and will be a success in the future. We are honored that they have chosen WSCC to build their lives, and proud that they are alumni of this wonderful college."
John Tigue, vice president for academic affairs, said, "Washington State Community College is proud of our student graduates, who made a commitment to better their careers and themselves through education. Some will continue their studies in pursuit of a bachelor's degree, others will move directly into the workforce and some will make career changes."
WSCC President Bradley Ebersole addresses the crowd during Saturday’s Washington State Community College commencement ceremony.
Speakers for this year's graduation ceremony included state Sen. Lou Gentile and state Rep. Andy Thompson.
"It was an honor and privilege to address the 2013 graduating class at Washington State Community College," said Gentile. "I am optimistic that this graduating class will have great success ahead of them, and I am confident that they will make a lasting contribution to Washington County and all of Southeast Ohio."
Thompson said, "It a great day for the families, the school and the graduates. It represents the greatest achievement you can hope for students, and that is to get to the finish line, and to do so successfully."
Many students also voiced their excitement about graduating. Class of 2013 graduate and PSEO student Cody Guy related his feelings about completing his journey at WSCC. "It's really cool to get to graduate high school with a college degree; on top of that, I have half of my college out of the way," he said. "I am going to a four-year school next year, and planning to study to be a high school teacher. WSCC has helped me to start my journey, and I am happy that I did PSEO."
Honor student Dillon Strahler is also excited about his future as a civil engineering major at Ohio University. He had the honor of addressing his fellow graduates as one of two student commencement speakers. "I have never been too into academics, but I really excelled at Washington State," he said.
Brenda Kornmiller, dean of business, engineering and industrial technologies, explained how Strahler's success story underscores WSCC's commitment to student accomplishment. "All kinds of students can find success here, if they are willing to work hard," she said.
There were 258 graduates in the spring of 2013. The class of 2013 also includes students who participated in separate pinning ceremonies for the health and wellness department the week of May 6, 65 students who graduated in the fall semester and 81 more who are scheduled to graduate in the summer of 2013.