Judy Nichols
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Class of 2014
  • Waverly, OH

Shawnee State University announces spring graduates

2014 Jun 24

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- Shawnee State University held commencement on Saturday, May 3, conferring degrees on 579 students with 338 receiving Bachelor's Degrees, 234 receiving Associate's Degrees and seven graduates receiving Master's Degrees.

Judy Nichols, of Waverly, earned an Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant .

President Rita Rice Morris challenged the graduating students to be an everyday hero and make a difference in the world.

"There are everyday heroes with us today - people who have served our country at great personal risk; those who take care of others; those who serve in food banks; those who stand for what they believe in," Morris said to the graduates at commencement. "They are the everyday heroes and they make a difference in the world. Each of you has the potential to make a difference in the world, and I challenge you to make that difference."

o 33 are graduating Summa Cum Laude with a grade point average of 3.9 or above;
o 35 are graduating Magna Cum Laude with a grade average of 3.75 to 3.89
o 93 are graduating Cum Laude with an average of 3.50 to 3.74.
o 13 of our graduates today are in the University Honors Program.
o 28% of this class is graduating with honors.

Shawnee State University is a student-focused university offering a highly personalized, affordable and accessible education dedicated to the exploration of emerging technologies and emerging ideas. The university has graduated nearly 15,000 students since 1986.

SSU offers more than 80 bachelor's and associate degree programs and four master's degree programs. Shawnee State is both academically challenging and affordable.
"In honor of everyday heroes, I will leave you with the words of Batman," Morris said. "A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a little boy's shoulder to let him know that the world hadn't ended."