The smiling faces of graduates, their families and the faculty were everywhere at the 101st Mount St. Joseph University Commencement, held in two ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Master's and doctoral degrees were conferred at the morning ceremony while baccalaureate degrees were conferred in the afternoon. This video captures the pride of the Mount community.
As part of the Mount's Commencement, four students were recognized for their personal and professional leadership.
Ryan Korengel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & New Media Studies and received the Jane Cuni Armstrong Award for overcoming adversity. At age 12, he was struck by a tree limb resulting in substantial brain damage, limited mobility of the left side of his body, and impaired vision. Korengel fought hard to recover and later became part of the Mount’s NCAA Division III golf team, where he played his favorite sport with one hand. While a student at the Mount, he was a frequent contributor to Dateline, the student newspaper, and he completed an internship at WKRC-TV.
Anne Marie Schiller, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education, received the Sister Maria Corona Leadership Award. Schiller was honored for her extensive contributions to her community, including her work with the Bayley Adult Day program and her services as a tutor of students with autism. Shiller also utilized her leadership in the Mount's School of Education, in Campus Ministry, and as president of Kappa Delta Pi.
Alexis Taylor Smith, who earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy, received the Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill Leadership Award. Smith was recognized for her leadership style in uplifting those around her. She was the president of the Student Physical Therapy Association, where she spearheaded the development of a scholarship for incoming DPT students. In addition, Smith has held many volunteer positions at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Perri J. Wright earned a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and received the Sister Jean Patrice Harrington Award for demonstrating academic diligence and persistence while enduring life challenges. Wright is a single mother of a child with both physical and mental special needs. During her daughter's unexpected hospitalization and the death of her father, she refused to give up. Wright continued her course work and ensured her assignments were always completed. She also served as the administrative coordination for the Division of Urology at the University of Cincinnati.
The Mount community congratulates these award recipients and all members of the Class of 2018.