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Exultant graduates of OCU Class of 2018!

Ohio Christian University’s April 28 commencement filled the sunny, still chilly, spring day as 392 students graduated in two sessions from the University’s on-campus and online degree programs.  The entire class of 2018 numbers 770.

Participants in the commencement represented twenty-four states.  The oldest graduate was 73 years old; the youngest was 20.  Of those present, one hundred and eleven received associate degrees; two hundred and fourteen received bachelor degrees; and, sixty-seven received master degrees.

Degrees conferred included Associates of Arts in Business, Christian Ministry, Human Services, and Interdisciplinary Studies, as well as Bachelors of Arts in Business, Criminal Justice, English, History, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership and Ministry, Political Science, Psychology, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Nursing.

Graduate students received Master degrees in Business Administration and Management, in Ministry, as well as dual Master degrees in Business Administration and Ministry.

Many students received various Honors distinctions for their individual accomplishments.

As graduating students crossed the Center’s wide stage, President Kulaga presented them with their diplomas, and they quickly shared broad smiles and warm handshakes, commemorated by a photograph.

Well-wishing families and friends of the throng of graduates filled to standing-room-only the capacious facility.  Faculty in colorful academic regalia proceeded to the front of the auditorium, accompanied by Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance, which the University Chamber Orchestra performed with flair.

University Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Thomas Hermiz gave the invocation.  Pastor Rob Paugh, father of a graduate, and Patsy Mayo, mother of another, read selected scriptures.  The University Chorale sang Charles Wesley’s And Can It Be, with Dr. Dione Bennett directing.

After greeting everyone, President Kulaga encouraged the graduates:  “As you go your separate ways, make wise decisions based on Scripture and righteousness, and have great success in what God calls each of you to do.”  He then introduced Mr. Bert Lindsay, who attributes his great business success to God’s favor and gave an inspiring address.  Lindsay invited graduates to consider the importance of ‘redoing’ until they succeed in what God calls them to do. “Be reassured that God is for you.  Rejoice that you are part of something big.  Be proud of graduating from OCU.  Pray for God’s favor in your lives – for peace, prosperity, and well-being.”

Provost Dr. Hank Kelly and Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample presented each graduate to President Kulaga for conferring of their degree.  When he finished, Kulaga instructed all graduates to move their tassels from right to left.  As they did so, everyone broke into loud cheers of excitement and gladness.  Alumni Association President Michelle Blanton congratulated the new graduates, inviting all to join in fellowship with alumni Trailblazers.

The ceremonies concluded with the University Chorale singing Perfect Praise (O Lord How Excellent) by Jeffrey LaValley with Taylor Kehoe, soprano soloist.

Dr. Marvin L. Miller, Sr., Regional Dean of Central Ohio, gave the benediction, and the University Chamber Orchestra accompanied the recessional with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major.

Articles of Interest

2019 Georgia Commencement image

2019 Georgia Commencement

2019 Georgia Commencement image

Published: April 11, 2019

On Saturday, April 6th, Ohio Christian University held its fourth commencement ceremony in Jonesboro, Georgia at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. This is the first year at this location. OCU President, Dr. Jon Kulaga welcomed the record crowd of nearly 1,300 students, family and honored guests declaring, “We are living in a time where Christians have never been more needed-to be out there in society being salt and light.” He further challenged them stating that “your community needs you, your city needs you and your country needs you”.    Terence Chatmon was the commencement
On Saturday, April 6th, Ohio Christian University held its fourth commencement ceremony in Jonesboro, Georgia at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. This is the first year at this location. OCU President, Dr. Jon Kulaga welcomed the record crowd of nearly 1,300 students, family and honored guests declaring, “We are living in a time where Christians have never been more needed-to be
On Saturday, April 6th, Ohio Christian University held its fourth commencement ceremony in Jonesboro, Georgia at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. This is the first year at this location
Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus image

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus

Faith and Work Seminar a First on Campus image

Published: April 10, 2019

On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith
On Saturday March 23rd, Ohio Christian University hosted the Faith

Archived Articles of Interest

Academic Presentation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Headache Pain image

Academic Presentation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Headache Pain

Academic Presentation: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Headache Pain image

Published: March 1, 2013

On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community. The ACT treatment involves being in the moment and making sure your actions match your values.“For me, ACT and other ‘third wave’ treatments are improvements on the older treatments, but many of them are still being validated for various problems and disorders,” Decker said.Professor Decker led a study in which participants who
On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students and members of the community. The ACT treatment involves being in the moment and making sure your actions match your values.“For me, ACT and other ‘third wave’
On February 20, OCU Assistant Professor of Psychology Matthew Decker provided an academic presentation on “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Chronic Headache Pain.” The presentation was
OCU Faculty Provide Monthly Academic Presentations image

OCU Faculty Provide Monthly Academic Presentations

OCU Faculty Provide Monthly Academic Presentations image

Published: December 3, 2012

Ohio Christian University faculty have begun monthly presentations to enhance the academic quality and engagement of faculty, students, and community members. These events are also being made available live through video conferencing so that faculty and students in online programs are able to participate.On December 5th, Prof. Thad Hicks will present on the topic of Managing Compassion Fatigue. Prof. Hicks serves as Assistant Professor of Disaster Management and is working on a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies. Compassion Fatigue, or secondary traumatic stress disorder, is a condition
Ohio Christian University faculty have begun monthly presentations to enhance the academic quality and engagement of faculty, students, and community members. These events are also being made available live through video conferencing so that faculty and students in online programs are able to participate.On December 5th, Prof. Thad Hicks will present on the topic of Managing Compassion
Ohio Christian University faculty have begun monthly presentations to enhance the academic quality and engagement of faculty, students, and community members. These events are also being made
Ohio Christian University to Celebrate a Record Number of Graduates on May 5, 2012 image

Ohio Christian University to Celebrate a Record Number of Graduates on May 5, 2012

Ohio Christian University to Celebrate a Record Number of Graduates on May 5, 2012 image

Published: April 30, 2012

President Mark A. Smith will preside over the largest graduation ceremony in the history of Ohio Christian University this coming Saturday, May 5, 2012, with 386 graduates.This year's graduation includes the conference of 141 associate's degrees and 235 bachelor's degrees. OCU also celebrates its first conference of master's degrees with 10 students earning the Master of Arts in Ministry.Graduation practice (required for all graduating students) begins a 1 p.m. on Friday, May 4. The graduation ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 in the OCU Maxwell Center. 
President Mark A. Smith will preside over the largest graduation ceremony in the history of Ohio Christian University this coming Saturday, May 5, 2012, with 386 graduates.This year's graduation includes the conference of 141 associate's degrees and 235 bachelor's degrees. OCU also celebrates its first conference of master's degrees with 10 students earning the Master of Arts in Ministry.
President Mark A. Smith will preside over the largest graduation ceremony in the history of Ohio Christian University this coming Saturday, May 5, 2012, with 386 graduates.This year's graduation
Dr. Jim Smith

OCU Professor is Published

Dr. Jim Smith

Published: November 30, 2010

Ohio Christian University Professor of Substance Abuse Counseling Dr. Jim Smith contributed two chapters for the recently published collaborative work Nelson's Church Leader's Manual for Congregational Care, available from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The two chapters are on lay ministry care for those with substance abuse issues and mental disorders.  Smith is well qualified to write on these topics as he holds three graduate degrees and is a licensed counselor as well as an ordained minister.  Smith states, "The connection to be part of this collaboration was brought about by God." OCU
Ohio Christian University Professor of Substance Abuse Counseling Dr. Jim Smith contributed two chapters for the recently published collaborative work Nelson's Church Leader's Manual for Congregational Care, available from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The two chapters are on lay ministry care for those with substance abuse issues and mental disorders.  Smith is well qualified to write on these
Ohio Christian University Professor of Substance Abuse Counseling Dr. Jim Smith contributed two chapters for the recently published collaborative work Nelson's Church Leader's Manual for