229 degrees conferred at Venango College commencement ceremony
OIL CITY, PA—Dr. Joseph Carrico, Superintendent of the Oil City Area School District, was the featured speaker at the annual Venango College commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10th at the Robert W. Rhoades Center gymnasium. A crowd of nearly six hundred watched proudly as graduates received their diplomas.
In his address to the student body, Carrico praised the graduates, saying “As the keynote speaker, I am not going to say any words of inspiration that should be as inspiring as the journey you have been on to get into these chairs tonight. Tonight’s celebration is about you.”
“Always be grateful for the opportunities that have been afforded to you by the acts of others. More often than not the opportunities that have been presented to you, because of your hard work and determination, are the keys to controlling your destiny and not leaving your reality up to the standards of others,” noted Carrico.
“Take pride in what you do and what you have accomplished,” said Carrico, challenging graduates to “pay it forward- take the time to matter in someone else’s life and you will find that your own lives will be rewarding.”
Venango College of Clarion University presented 229 fall and spring graduates with degrees. Of the graduates, 32 were awarded bachelor and master’s degrees at the Clarion campus ceremony earlier in the day.
Dr. Chris Reber, Executive Dean of Venango College of Clarion University welcomed the audience and noted that, “we’re immensely grateful to the parents and family members, educational partners, community leaders, university faculty and staff, alumni, and other friends who support our students in many, many ways. The university community looks forward with much anticipation to this culminating celebration of our students’ academic accomplishments each and every year.”
Ms. Ashley Reef, a Clarion University business administration major, led the singing of the Clarion University Alma Mater.
David Bailey, president of the Clarion University Alumni Association, addressed the students by offering them words of encouragement. “It is expected of you to do well, and to make this world a better place.” Bailey congratulated the graduates and welcomed them to the ranks of living Clarion University alumni, a group that is now over 52,500 strong throughout the nation and the world.
Following the commencement ceremony, a reception was held for the graduates, family members, faculty, staff and friends, sponsored by the Venango College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.