Urbana University to Celebrate the Class of 2012

119th Commencement Ceremony

URBANA, Ohio (May 1, 2012) - Urbana University will hold its 119th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Warren G. Grimes Center gymnasium. One hundred and forty-two degrees will be conferred: fifteen masters, seventy-nine bachelors, and forty-eight associate degrees.

The Commencement Ceremony will begin with the Academic Procession led by Dr. W. Dean Pond, Professor of Education and chair of the Urbana University Faculty Assembly. The Presentation of the National Colors will be performed by the Army ROTC Color Guard. Betsy Coffman, University Chaplain, member of the University Board of Trustees, and a lay leader of the Urbana Swedenborgian Church will lead the gathering in the Invocation. Musical selections will be performed by the University’s Royal Blues Band led by John Gore and the University Singers directed by Robert Marks. Dr. J. Steven Polsley, chair of the University Board of Trustees will give a greeting from the board. President Stephen B. Jones and Dr. Kirk A. Peterson, senior vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty, will confer the degrees and award the diplomas. The Class of 2012 Valedictorian is Ms. Arianne Turnmire from Urbana. Mr. Dave Ross, a 1976 alumnus of Urbana University, will be the commencement speaker.

Mr. Ross is well known throughout Ohio in the media and sportscasting arena. Following lengthy stints in radio and cable, he is now the public address announcer for University of Dayton football and a freelance writer. His broadcasting career includes high school sports throughout the northern Miami Valley, covering college and professional sports, and announcing for a wide range of sports and public activities.

Since 2006, Mr. Ross has been an active member of the Urbana University Board of Trustees and serves as the liaison to the Intercollegiate Athletics program. As a 1976 alumnus of Urbana University, he has continued to be a strong supporter of the University and its athletic programs. Mr. Ross served as a member of the Blue Knights Esquire Club and the Alumni Association. He was a member of the steering committee and a major donor for the University Stadium project. The University has recognized his significant contributions by awarding him the 2005 Three Arches Alumni Award and induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the University’s first sports information director, taking on the duties for academic credit during his junior and senior years. The dormitory where he lived from 1974-76 now carries his name.

He was also recognized by his hometown alma mater when he was inducted into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor in 2010. He is well known for his philanthropy in Sidney and Shelby County. Mr. Ross is a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Media Advisory Committee and past president of the Ohio Sportscasters Association. Following his graduation from Urbana, he earned his master of business administration from the University of Dayton in 1978.

Arianne Turnmire is the daughter of Eric and Sherry Turnmire. She graduated from Urbana High School in 2008. She serves as the co-youth pastor at the Middletown Church of God in Cable, Ohio.

She has been a member of Genshiken UU for four years, serving as committee leader, vice president, and president. She has also served as illustrator for Knights Write, the student literary magazine. Arianne has represented Urbana University at several conferences, presenting at one.

Arianne is a member of the William G. Edwards Honors Program. She was inducted into Lambda Sigma Honor Society her sophomore year, Alpha Chi Honor Society her junior year, and the Academic Honor Society.

She has maintained a 4.0 GPA for four years and is graduating today with bachelor degrees in English and psychology. She plans to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design beginning this Fall to pursue illustration and animation.

A special tradition at Urbana University commencements is the formation of the Circle of Honor around the gymnasium of all the graduates at the conclusion of the ceremony. Family and friends may then congratulate the new UU alumni.

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