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Master’s degrees granted at graduate commencement, with address by Kim Gage Rothermel ’71, M.D.

DR. KIM GAGE ROTHERMELMuskingum University granted master’s degrees at its graduate commencement exercises, held May 6 in Brown Chapel on the campus. The address was delivered by 1971 alumna Dr. Kim Gage Rothermel, who is chief of general pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus and who has a private practice with the Ohio Center for Pediatrics in Dublin, Ohio. 

Degrees conferred at the commencement exercises were the master of arts in teaching (MAT), the master of arts in education (MAE) and master of information strategy, systems and technology degree (MISST).

Muskingum University President Anne C. Steele congratulated the assembled graduates and said, “You have worked hard, and we are very proud of you. What you have done here will have an impact on thousands of individuals, your communities and the world.”

In her address, Dr. Rothermel told the graduates, “Your work here is a ticket to the wonders of life and a passport to the world.  Be forever curious, persistent and determined, and share your enthusiasm for life and learning.  You have added a beautiful brush stroke to the portrait of your lives.”

In recognition of her lifetime of achievement, the university bestowed upon Dr. Rothermel an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. It was presented by Dr. Steele and Muskingum University Trustee and alumnus Gordon E. Spillman.

Dr. Rothermel is a leading member of the medical staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, one of the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States.  At the hospital, she is chief of general pediatrics and has also served as president of the medical staff.  Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology, she is in private practice with the Ohio Center for Pediatrics in Dublin, Ohio. 

In addition to her demanding professional life, Dr. Rothermel shares her expertise with new generations of physicians as clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, one of the top medical schools in the country.  She has been recognized by her peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

A member of Muskingum’s Board of Trustees since 1997, Dr. Rothermel chairs the Academic Affairs Committee, which is responsible for the Board’s commitment to ensuring excellence in all academic program offerings.

In  addition to her professional commitments, Dr. Rothermel gives her expertise and time to church and community organizations that  serve the needs of children and youth, including the Physicians Free Clinic and the House of Hope Central Ohio.

Dr. Rothermel graduated summa cum laude from Muskingum with a bachelor of science in biology degree.  She earned her M.D. from the Medical College of Rush University in Chicago, and trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is a recipient of the Muskingum University Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor for alumni. 

She is married to Dr. William Rothermel, a general surgeon who also practices in Columbus.  Their family includes their four sons – Peter and his wife Sarah, Aaron, Luke, and Adam – and three grandsons – Adin, Noah, and Liam.

Candidates for master’s degrees were presented by Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Paul Reichardt. The degrees were conferred by President Steele, Muskingum University Trustee and alumnus Gordon Spillman, Vice President of Graduate and Continuing Studies Dr. Ruthann Fagan, Dave Longaberger Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning Dr. Barbara Hansen and Dr. Raymond Rataiczak, director of the MISST program.

Faculty marshals were Professor of Education Dr. Steve Kokovich and Professor of English Dr. Alan J. Chaffee. The graduate marshals were Alaina M. Houmard and Diana M. Biller.