Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

OCU held surprise commencement for hospitalized student

Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation.

Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian University officials secretly planned a surprise mini-commencement at Grant Medical Center on Friday, April 22.

A teary-eyed Amanda entered a packed-room full of her family, friends, and co-workers. She was greeted with applause and helped into a graduation robe and cap, complete with tassel.

Dr. Bradford Sample, presided over the brief, 20-minute ceremony, presenting Amanda with her first bachelor’s degree with all the pomp and circumstance such an accomplishment deserved.  

Congratulations Amanda! We are so proud of you and all your achievements.

Ohio Christian University graduated a record 810 graduates at its commencement exercises on Saturday April 30. 

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