AGS Honor Graduate Serving God and Country
The College of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) is pleased to recognize Frank Tillotson as the Honor Graduate of the 2014 graduating class.
When Frank contemplated using his GI bill to complete his education he thought it would be too difficult for him with his wife also in school, three young daughters, and full-time job. But he had heard about Ohio Christian University’s focus on education for adults and designation as a Military Friendly School and thought it would give him the best chance of earning his degree. He found the cohort model engaging and the one-class-at-a-time structure manageable for his schedule.
The adult studies program was challenging yet manageable even for someone being pulled in as many directions as myself. I appreciated the structure and course layout that AGS offered as well as the willingness to be flexible when possible if life got in the way. The classes seemed to build upon one another so that you gained a sense of achievement at the end of each class. The relationships I was able to build helped as well; I became friends with my cohort members and felt a bond that helped me to stay encouraged and motivated.
Frank was able to transfer in many credit hours he had previously completed, and he quickly completed his Associate of Arts with a major in Christian Ministry in Columbus, Ohio. He immediately started with a bachelor cohort in Dublin, Ohio and began working on his Bachelor of Arts with a major in Leadership and Ministry. Throughout these years, he had opportunities to take leadership roles at this church, culminating in being ordained and serving as interim pastor. Frank describes his decision to attend OCU:
This was the next step in my faith as I was seeking to follow God’s plan for my life and a life dedicated to serving Him. I thought I had a good understanding of what being a Christian was all about, but I had a lot to learn. I began to see a clearer picture of what God was teaching me as I was educated by my classmates and professors.
Because of his degree in Leadership and Ministry, Frank is eligible for the Navy’s Chaplain Candidate program which will allow him to train with the Reserves during the next three summers. He has already completed the first semester of a Master of Divinity program, and when he finishes that degree, Frank intends to continue to serve God and country as an active duty Navy Chaplain.
In addition to being named the Honor Graduate, Frank has been accepted into the Pinnacle Honor Society and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude. Ohio Christian University is honored to count Frank Tillotson among its distinguished alumni.
The College of Adult and Graduate Studies serves non-traditional learners as they earn degrees at locations in Ohio and Georgia and online. If you’re ready to continue your education, call us at 1-855-OCU-GRAD or visit http://www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs.