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The annual Fall Commencement at Shawnee State University with 166 students graduating was held on Friday, Dec. 13 in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

President Rita Rice Morris gave the opening remarks speaking to the parents, faculty and students.

“With your degree from Shawnee State University, you have demonstrated a commitment to knowledge,” Morris said to the students. “Now, you have the tools to advance your careers, take on whatever challenges life places before you, and reach your highest goals. Now, it’s time for the world to benefit from your talents, gifts, and knowledge.”

Courtney Melvin, of Ironton, graduated with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

Danielle Joseph, of Ironton, graduated with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

Elizabeth Legg, of wheelersburg, graduated with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

Shawnee State University is a student-focused university offering a highly personalized, affordable and accessible education dedicated to the exploration of emerging technologies and emerging ideas.

Nearly 4,300 students are enrolled at SSU this year, including 41 international students. The university offers more than 80 bachelor’s and associate degree programs and three master’s degree programs.

Shawnee State is both academically challenging and affordable, and offers modern apartment-style residences and small class sizes with dedicated faculty.

Located in Portsmouth, Ohio, along the banks of the Ohio River, SSU features 21 buildings on campus including the Advanced Technology Center that houses one of only 50 Digistar II planetariums in the world; the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center that features weight rooms, racquetball courts, gymnasium, dance classroom and a junior Olympic-size swimming pool; and the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts featuring a 1,139-seat Main Theater, a black box theater, art gallery and fine arts classrooms.

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