CINCINNATI -- History was made in southern Ohio as
the Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling held
pinning ceremonies to celebrate the inaugural graduating classes of
the college's two Ohio community campuses.
On Tuesday night, 12 students were pinned at the college's
Southern State Community Campus, and then three students were
pinned at the college's Cincinnati Community Campus. The campuses
were founded in 2009.
"There may be at some point larger classes, but there will never
be a first class again," LWC School of Professional Counseling Dean
John Rigney told the graduates at the Southern
State pinning ceremony. "You have my respect for what you have
Thanks an innovative partnership between LWC and Cincinnati
State Technical & Community College and Southern State
Community College in Hillsboro, Ohio, the 15 students earned a
bachelor's degree in human services and counseling or a master's
degree in counseling and human development in less than two years.
The students attended evening and weekend classes at the community
college campuses. The classes were taught by LWC faculty.
The program's graduates will enter the mental-health and
counseling professions where they will serve residents Cincinnati,
southeastern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.
In his keynote
address, LWC instructor Steve Durkee told the Southern State
graduates that they "are the future of the human services ministry
and outreach in this community."
"You are the ones
who will lead human services and the agencies in this immediate
surrounding area," he said.
Durkee told the graduates that because they will work in a
helping profession, thousands of lives will be changed.
"You all are truly compassionate people," Durkee said. "There
are clients waiting to be served by you -- each of you are the one
that will make a difference. Each of you will have literally
thousands of clients that will only be best-served by you. Had you
not been here, they wouldn't get the service."
The three students who were members of the first class who
graduated from the LWC Cincinnati Community Campus were called
"They had to endure a lot to get to this point," LWC Assistant
Professor of Human Services and Counseling Mark Staples said in his keynote address.
"They were pioneers, they were trailblazers for this campus. ...
They were bold and brave and tenacious and risk-takers who said,
'Bring it on.'"
The three Cincinnati Community Campus students were more than
dreamers, Staples said. They were students who put their dreams
"It's great to dream, but they put legs on the dream," he
The Southern State Community Campus
graduates honored were: undergraduates Georgeann
Alexander of Peebles, Ohio; Tonia Farley of Sabina, Ohio; Leslie
Fizer of Hillsboro, Ohio; Derek Jordan Hillsboro, Ohio; Shannon
Jordan of Hillsboro, Ohio; Amy McGraw of Washington Court House,
Ohio; Elizabeth Molodetz of Hillsboro, Ohio; Crystal Morris of
Peebles, Ohio; Sarah Southworth of Fayette, Ohio; Kathy Stevens of
Hillsboro, Ohio; and Betsy Taylor of Greenfield, Ohio; and graduate
student Charles Lucas of Scottown, Ohio.
The Cincinnati Community Campus graduates
honored were: undergraduates ShaRon Leonard of Florence, Ky.,
Shannon Owens of Cincinnati and Chevon Peterson of
Scenes from pinning ceremonies
... Click here to see pictures from the Cincinnati
Community Campus ceremony. Click here to see pictures from the Southern
State Community Campus ceremony.