Hard work pays off in degrees for Owens grads PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 15 December 2012 09:11
Graduates-to-be applaud during a graduation ceremony for Owens Community College on Friday evening. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Like many of her fellow nursing students, Chelsey McMillan spent plenty of nights up until 2 a.m. working on homework and care plans only to hear her alarm go off at 5 a.m.
"My difficult journey through the nursing program has been an emotional roller coaster filled with ups and downs," McMillan told her fellow Owens Community College graduates at Friday's commencement ceremony.
"I definitely cannot tell you the number of times I thought, 'There is just no way I can do this,'" said the Monroe, Mich., resident.
"What I can tell you about are the tears that filled my eyes witnessing the most intimate moment when a baby girl was born and placed on her mother's chest for the first time; the compassion that filled my heart when I held a sick patient's hand; and the overwhelming desire that burns within every fiber of my body to become a registered nurse.
"These are the things right here that have made every late night studying and not going out with friends, every almost mini heart attack before an exam and every sacrifice I have made in my life completely worth it."
Owens president, Dr. Mike Bower, speaks to students during a graduation ceremony for the college on Friday evening.
McMillan was one of 538 students who earned their degrees during Owens' 32nd Fall Commencement held in the Student Health and Activities Center. Students earned associate's degrees in arts, science, applied science, applied business and technical studies.
McMillan, who finished with a 4.0 grade-point average, was one of 95 students who graduated with Latin honors.
"I know that each of us, however different we may seem or look, are similar because we have all encountered obstacles and tragedies that have made our goals seems impossible to reach," McMillan said.
"I am so proud of each and every one of you for possessing the courage and persistence to not give up on your dreams in times of hardship, but instead to excel and accomplish a major milestone tonight," she said.
Dr. Katherine Fell, 17th president of the University of Findlay, served as keynote speaker for commencement.
Fell encouraged the graduates to focus on the power of collaboration.
"Honest and honorable competition certainly has its place, but what a group of individuals can accomplish together is often greater than what they can accomplish in competition with one another," she said.

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