Physician Assistant program graduates 13th class

2016 PA graduation ceremony

For about one hour on this sunny and warm Saturday afternoon, 36 Physician Assistant students were saying good-bye and enjoying the day on the Marietta College campus.

About 250 family, friends and faculty inside the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center joined them as the College conducted its 13th graduation ceremony for the prestigious masters-level program. While some have jobs lined up in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and others are heading off to Hawaii and California, the College’s new President, Dr. William N. Ruud, reminded all of them to stay in contact with their alma mater.

“Especially with the faculty of this program,” he said. “Surprise them with a card, or flowers or just stop by. … It will mean a lot.”

The 36 graduates join a special group of The Long Blue Line. It was the 13th graduating class and they join just 315 others who have earned the degree from Marietta — bringing the total of Marietta PA graduates to 351.

Four students — Christopher Brown (Grove City, Ohio), Breea Buckley (Reedsville, Ohio), Paige Carpenetti (Cambridge, Ohio) and Amanda Homady (Berea, Ohio) — were inducted in Pi Alpha Honor Society. Joining them as an inductee was 2007 graduate Nathan Misel.

Provost Janet L. Bland, Program Director Miranda Collins and Ruud all spoke during the ceremony.