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#BusinessBobcats walk across the stage and into their future at Fall Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, December 15 2015 12:00am

College of Business graduates took the stage Sat., Dec. 12.

By Brianna Wilson 

Sat., Dec. 12 marked a special day for Ohio University as its first Fall Commencement Ceremony since the 1960s, but also a day to remember for 108 undergraduate and 45 graduate #BusinessBobcats who walked across the stage. 

College of Business graduates, including Alex Sherer, ’15 B.B.A., welcomed the chance to celebrate. “I was not going to [be able to] return in May to walk, so this was perfect,” he said.

The 2015 Online Master of Business Administration cohort especially appreciated the ceremony, said Shelli Sedlak-Mejia, ’15 M.B.A., who traveled from Cleveland for the event. “Thank you! [My cohort] graduated this summer and we really needed the ritual to celebrate the accomplishment,” she said.

The Commencement Ceremony featured 2010 Distinguished Professor Charles Smith, head of the University’s Professional Playwriting Program and the Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar in Arts and Humanities, as the commencement speaker. “Faculty are the heart and soul of our student experience, and so we couldn’t be prouder to have one deliver the commencement address,” said President Roderick J. McDavis as he introduced Smith.

In his address, Smith focused on how graduates can and should find their “voice and vision” to change the world, instead of trying to fit into the existing one. He spoke of great scientists and philosophers from the past and present such as Darwin, Freud, Nietzsche, and Sacks, who had done just that. 

“They didn’t fit into the world, they changed the world,” Smith explained. “If you understand that your individual voice and vision are unique and if you listen carefully to the collective consciousness of our world, then process it through your filter of experience and education; what you say will be something new that will not fit into the world. It will, in effect, change the world. That's what I'm asking you to do: go out and change the world," he said.

Immediately following the ceremony, the College of Business hosted a reception for graduates and their guests in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Faculty, staff, and administrators mingled with recent graduates, who earned Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Sport Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Athletic Administration, and Master of Sports Administration degrees.