RIO GRANDE, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College celebrated its Class of 2014 with its 138th Commencement on May 10.
The ceremony honored 391 graduates who earned 413 degrees – 219 Associate’s Degrees, 158 Bachelor’s Degrees and 36 Master’s Degrees.
“This is an achievement that represents hard work and accomplishment,” said keynote speaker and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French. “I feel honored to have shared this day with you. I hope it is one of many you will enjoy throughout your professional life.”
The ceremony was held inside the Lyne Center on the Rio Grande campus due to rain. But while Mother Nature darkened the sky, Rio’s graduates shined bright with friends and family there to celebrate their wonderful accomplishment.
Commencement also included the reading of the class poem, a tradition of Rio Grande President Barbara Gellman-Danley, Ph.D. The president’s 2014 poem was titled “Ride The Rainbow,” a fitting tribute on a rainy day in southeastern Ohio.
“I believe life is a rainbow – celebrate its beauty. Embracing opportunities is actually your duty,” President Gellman-Danley said. “You’ve done that by committing to earn your degree. For the rest of your lives, it can set you free.”