Officials at Belmont College conferred degrees upon a multitude of graduates as part of the College’s 2013 graduation ceremony in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Hundreds of parents, extended family, faculty, and staff were present to congratulate the Class of 2013.
President Dr. Joseph E. Bukowski welcomed the graduates, “Tonight you become proud alumni of Belmont College and will be going out to make your mark in the world just like those who have preceded you.”
He went on to say, “I encourage you to never stop learning. Whether this means earning an advanced degree, obtaining certifications in your field, or taking continuing education courses, it is imperative that you stay on the cutting edge of your profession. Dedicate yourself to a lifetime of learning. You will never regret it.”
The Class of 2013 valedictorian Tanya Burgess of Jewett, Ohio received her degree in Information Technology Programming. She earned a grade-point-average of 3.97, graduating with honors and as a member Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. Tanya has plans to transfer her credits earned at Belmont towards a bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron.
“My experience at Belmont College was a rewarding one,” she said. “I am excited to take the next step in my educational journey as I have enrolled in the Teaching and Training Technical Professionals degree program at the University of Akron. While attending Belmont I learned the benefits of hard work and diligence and I feel that earning this degree has helped me to become a strong role model for my children.”
The class salutatorian, Mark DelGuzzo of Martins Ferry, Ohio earned his degree in Industrial Electronics. He achieved a grade-point-average of 3.96 and graduated with honors.
Graduates from the following programs participated in the commencement ceremony held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013: Associate Degree Nursing; Child Development; Emergency Medical Services; Firefighter/Paramedic; Medical Assisting; Medical Coding; Medical Transcriptionist; Mental Health; Practical Nursing; and Radiologic Technology.