Chatfield College in St. Martin and Cincinnati held its 41st graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 12.

The ceremony was held in the Chapel at DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati. It honored 51 students from both the St. Martin and Cincinnati campuses who either completed the requirements for graduation or will complete the requirements during the summer session.

Highland County graduates who received Associate Degrees were Anthony Bell, Jesse Hickey, and Shawna Johnson (all of Lynchburg) and Cassandra Rhoads (Hillsboro).

During the ceremony, Chatfield presented Judith M. Ruthven (posthumously) and John A. Ruthven with honorary doctorate degrees in public service. John Ruthven gave the commencement address.

Judy Ruthven was a member of the Chatfield College Board of Trustees, a great supporter of education, and dedicated to Chatfield College and its mission. When she died in June 2011, she left behind a legacy of historic preservation throughout southwest Ohio. She was a charter member of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce, and worked tirelessly to preserve Georgetown, Ohio's history as well as helping to save many of Brown County's covered bridges. She was a trustee of the US Grant Homestead Association, and served on the boards of the Cincinnati Nature Center, Friends of the William Howard Taft Birthplace, Hillside Trust for Cincinnati and surrounding counties, the Cincinnati Preservation Association and the Over-the-Rhine Restoration Project.

John A. Ruthven, naturalist, author, lecturer, and internationally acknowledged master of wildlife art is often called the "20th Century Audubon." His paintings have been included in acclaimed exhibitions such as The Artist of America Exhibition in Denver, Colorado and the Society of Animal Artist, a traveling museum exhibition included at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey. Museums featuring his work include the Smithsonian Institution's Preservation and Research Center; Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin; the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, New York; and the Cincinnati Museum Center where a major retrospective exhibit of his work, "John A. Ruthven - In the Audubon Tradition," was mounted.


Chatfield also presented its Dean Agatha Fitzgerald, OSU Excellence in Teaching Award to Karol King. This award is given each year to an instructor who exemplifies the academic spirit and values of Chatfield College.

Karol King has been an educator for the past twelve years, first at Xavier University, as an adjunct professor of Theology and at Chatfield College, where she has taught Religion, Education, Ethics, Spanish and Reading Courses.

King loves to teach and declares that she is happier and feels more alive in the classroom than anywhere else on earth. A native of Xenia, Ohio, Karol received a BA in elementary education from the Peoples Bible College, Colorado Springs and two graduate degrees from Xavier University, Theology and Humanities. She has worked for Cinergy, now Duke Energy, as manager of the Cinergy Foundation, at Franklin House Apartments, as manager, and before that, as an elementary school teacher. She has been a minister¹s wife in Nebraska and Colorado, and a missionary for five years in Guatemala, Central America. Currently, she serves on the Xavier University Advisory Committee to the President, on the Committee for Small Arts Organizations for ArtsWave, and on the WGUC community board.

Chatfield College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college offering the Associate of Arts degree in St. Martin and Cincinnati. Chatfield is an open enrollment college and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Prospective students need only to have a High School Diploma or GED to attend and will be guided individually through the enrollment and Financial Aid application process.

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