Nearly 2,100 collect degrees from BGSU PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Sunday, 05 May 2013 15:48
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Miriam Hitchcock, left, and Kelsey Klein put their arms around each other as they join their fellow graduates in singing the BGSU Alma Mater at the end of the commencement ceremony held at the Stroh Center. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Take risks. Have passion. Always learn. Give back.
Maj. Gen. Anita Gallentine offered these words Saturday as Bowling Green University Students from the College of Arts and Sciences and Firelands College graduated in the institution's 276th commencement.
More than 2,075 students graduated this weekend, preparing for new careers or further study.
"To be with you today is one of those remarkable events the closes the circle of my military and working career," said Gallentin.
A 1977 BGSU graduate, with a degree in journalism, Gallentine said she had originally intended to attend college for only one year before becoming a flight attendant. However, her career trajectory lay in another part of the skies. 
Gallentine earned her commission as an officer through Air Force ROTC Detachment 620 at BGSU the year she graduated. She served four years of active duty, 13 years with the Air National Guard, and 18 years as an individual mobilization augmentee, working in the aircraft and munitions maintenance/logistics career fields – more than 35 years. She attained the rank of Major General in 2009, and retired in 2012.
Gallentine, a Lima native, noted that she has roots in BGSU going back to her parents, who were cheerleaders on campus while students after World War II.
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Matt Oczypok (right) hugs his mom Kim Showalter after the BGSU commencement ceremony at the Stroh Center.
"Rumor has it my dad may have been party to" the institution of the unofficial university fight song, Ay-Ziggy-Zoomba.
"If I could, I would not have changed much" of her time at BGSU, she said, which left her prepared to face the future.
She imparted a few words of advice.
First, "you definitely have to take risks," she said. While all fear failure, they still must have the belief that they are not afraid to fail.
Second, be passionate about something in your life. "Without passion, you're truly missing the essence of who you are."
Third, "you are on a journey of so much more learning." Viewpoints gotten only from one source should not be trusted – instead, read, listen and investigate broadly to form your own opinions, "and don't be afraid to share them with others."
And, finally, "put something back into society." The students, she said, already owe a great deal to many people. "Leave something behind when you leave this earth."
"This is your journey, and your bookmark when you are here."
Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 09:35
 

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