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Graduate degree recipients celebrate passion, perseverance at commencement ceremony
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Muskingum University presented degrees to the Educational Specialist, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Education and Master of Information Strategy, Systems & Technology (MISST) recipients at its Graduate Commencement Ceremony, held on Thursday, May 9 in Brown Chapel.

“May you share your fire for education, business, leadership, and service with others,” Muskingum University President Dr. Susan Hasseler encouraged the graduates. “May you embrace the challenge and take action with your dreams, and make this world you live in a better place.”

Greg Adams - entrepreneur, civic leader and Muskingum graduate - addressed the graduate degree recipients as the principal speaker. He encouraged them to “boldly engage your passion, your perseverance, and people to lead a rich impactful life of service.”

Greg Adams speaking to graduates

Recognizing his distinguished career and lifetime of achievement, the University awarded Mr. Adams an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Mr. Adams co-founded and for three decades served as a co-owner of Triad Data Processing, now Cerner Corporation. From 1988-2015, he served his community as the Mayor of the Village of New Concord and has served on many village boards and committees. Since 2017, he has served as Chief Executive Office and Co-Owner of Reach Rehab, a business start-up that uses virtual reality to enhance shoulder rehabilitation.

Mr. Adams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in mathematics in the Class of 1981. A Muskingum University Trustee since 2016, Mr. Adams is also a recipient of the University’s alumni Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Eileen McComb Adams, a member of the Muskingum Class of 1980, are the parents of two children.

Dr. Kim Gage Rothermel – Board of Trustees Chair-Elect and Muskingum graduate – urged the class to “tackle the toughest job and challenges, take hold of the Long Magenta Line, and go light some fires in our world.”

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View and purchase photos of the event from Bruce Hefflin Photography.

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