December 16, 2017- Northern Kentucky University honored more than 1,200 students at its 45th Commencement exercises on Dec. 16, 2017.
The two ceremonies took place at BB&T Arena. Graduates of the College of Health Professions, the Haile/US Bank College of Business and the College of Informatics were honored at 10 a.m. Graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services were honored at 3 p.m.
The Commencement address was delivered by Dr. Holly Riffe, professor of Social Work and recipient of NKU’s Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Award. Students and their families also heard remarks from NKU Interim President Gerard St. Amand, as well as from two of their peers: Hannah Myers and Christina Durso.
Hannah Myers was the featured student speaker in the morning ceremony. Myers graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Health Professions and has been very involved on campus during her time at NKU. She has been a member of the Student Nurses Association, is an ambassador for the College of Health Professions and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Myers has also worked as a nurse extern at St. Elizabeth Hospital, where she has accepted a position as a registered nurse in St. Elizabeth’s Medical Intensive Care Unit.
Christina Durso addressed the afternoon ceremony. Durso received a Master of Arts in School Counseling from the College of Education and Human Services. As a former recipient of the Women Leading Kentucky Scholarship and the Rachel M. Votruba Endowed School Counseling Scholarship at NKU, she has been recognized as a dedicated leader in the field of education and counseling. Durso plans to become a school counselor and obtain her Rank 1 in School Counseling at NKU. Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Georgetown College and taught first grade for three years in Kentucky.
In all, 1281 graduates were honored on Saturday. They include students who completed degrees in August, as well as those who completed degrees in December.