The first chapter of a new story at Cleveland College took place Aug. 9, as the first students in the College of Graduate Studies were granted degrees in a hooding ceremony on campus. Paula J. Raibble and Todd R. Allen were the inaugural recipients of the Master of Science in Health Promotion (MSHP) degree. They were the first of what is expected to be a long line of MSHP graduates in the years to come.
Dr. Karen Doyle, director of the MSHP degree program, welcomed the graduates, their guests and various administrative personnel to the College for the special day. She spoke to those assembled and offered words of encouragement to the graduates. She turned the podium over to Dr. Clark Beckley ’75, director of campus and alumni relations, who offered words of support to the graduates.
The audience saw a brief video of both students that relayed the story of what brought them to the College and why they chose to pursue the MSHP degree. In addition, they shared their long-term goals and how their degree will aid their career plans.
Doyle then carried out the official hooding process and handed the students their diplomas. The ceremony was the climax of their two-year program of study. At the time of their graduation, Raibble had accepted a new job working with young people at Children’s Mercy Hospital, and Allen was planning to use his degree in conjunction with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree.