MEDIA ADVISORY Cincinnati State commencement is May 3 Graduates ready for workforce, pursuit of advanced degrees
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April 30, 2015
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Cincinnati State commencement is May 3
Graduates ready for workforce, pursuit of advanced degrees
Students will be in the spotlight during Cincinnati State’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 3.
The event will be held at the Cintas Center at Xavier University, beginning at 3 p.m. This year
approximately 1,140 students are scheduled to earn associate degrees or certificates from Cincinnati
Among the highlights of the event:
Honorary degrees will be awarded to two women who have long been active in Greater
Cincinnati’s civic life and civil rights movements, Marian Spencer and Louise Spiegel.
The Student Address will be given by Joseph Vodzak, a summa cum laude graduate of Cincinnati
State’s Electronics Engineering Technology program.
The Commencement Addresses will be given by students Jonathan Lang and Jamie Wooten.
Lang landed a full-time job representing a leading national insulation manufacturer at local, state,
and national policy conferences even before he had graduated from Cincinnati State’s energy
efficiency program in the Center for Innovative Technology. Wooten, an Air Force veteran, began
taking classes at age 42 along with two of her six children, in part to set an example to them; she
will graduate summa cum laude in the dietetic technology program.
Recognition will be given to the 2015 recipients of the House/Bruckmann Awards for Faculty
Excellence, Heather Hatchett, chair of the Psychology Department at Cincinnati State, and
Melinda Piles, a Health and Fitness instructor in the Division of Health and Public Safety.
The Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015 will be presented to Dr. Mark Kovic, a 1996 graduate of
Cincinnati State’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program who is Associate Professor and
Assistant Program Director of the Occupational Therapy program at Midwestern University.
ABOUT CINCINNATI STATE
Cincinnati State (www.cincinnatistate.edu) offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate
programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and
sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the most comprehensive co-op
programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.