College honors 21 students during December Graduation Celebration

A few students were emotional, others were smiling ear to ear and a couple just wanted to hand the microphone off to the next person.

That’s typically how Marietta College’s annual December Graduation Celebration — an informal event to acknowledge the newest members of The Long Blue Line. Twenty-one of the possible 46 graduates participated in the celebration that took place Sunday, December 11, in the Alma McDonough Auditorium.

Some of the graduates may have participated in the May 2016 official graduation ceremony, while others may wait and walk with other classmates during the 2017 Commencement on May 7.

President William N. Ruud welcomed the nearly capacity crowd, while Provost Janet Bland talked to the graduates about new beginnings. The graduates also received an alumni greeting from Kevin Knab ’12 and when the ceremony was complete most in attendance walked to the President’s House for a reception.

Graduates who attended Sunday were: Douglas Bennett (New Castle, Pennsylvania), Kayla Billos (Benwood, West Virginia), Andrew Bogard (Vincent, Ohio), Rebecca Burkhart (Barnesville, Ohio), Ryan Butler (Marietta, Ohio), Kaley Greenwood (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christian Herstine (Beaver, Pennsylvania), Caleb Hester (Lancaster, Ohio), Emily Kochevar (Ashtabula, Ohio), Peter Lundstrom (Pepperell, Massachusetts), Ryan Lynn (Belpre, Ohio), Joshua Man (Delaware, Ohio), Kathryn Marshall, Casey McGuire (Mingo Junction, Ohio), Riley Osborn (Olympia, Washington), Alyssa Parker (Marietta, Ohio), Zachary Pope (Mechanicsburg, Ohio), Trevor Rick (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Madison Royer (Pataskala, Ohio), Ahshai Stewart (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Colin Williams (Brooklyn, New York).