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Fall Commencement celebrates newest MSU graduates

Morehead State University honored nearly 600 degree candidates at the 2018 Fall Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Academic-Athletic Center. 

Dr. Jay MorganThere event was filled with joy, applause and plenty of pictures taken as the newest alumni took the ceremonial walk across the stage, signifying the completion of their college degrees. They were greeted by MSU President Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, who offered a congratulatory handshake to each of those completing graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. 

Lin-Hsiu Huang of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was this year’s student speaker. She is the daughter of mother Hui-Yen Huang (10) and father Wen-Hung Huang (02) and is a candidate for both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with an emphasis in design, and a minor in mathematics. Watch Huang's speech

Huang is a member of MSU’s Academic Honors Program. She has served as a tutor in the Tutoring and Learning Center for three years and has been an Undergraduate Research Fellow for two years. Huang is an active member and former public relations chair for Phi Sigma Pi, a gender-inclusive honors fraternity. She holds membership and has served in key leadership positions in the Academic Honors Student Association, the Student Association of Gender Equality and Kentucky Young Democrats. Over the past few years, she has worked for several nonprofit organizations, including Give Her Life in Pasadena, California; the National Human Rights Museum in Taiqei City, Taiwan; and as a student advisor for Upward Bound, TRIO at MSU.  

As an artist, she has participated in several art exhibitions Student Speaker Lin Huangand competitions throughout the state. She also founded the freelance company LINear Design, where she sells personalized paintings, ink prints and holiday cards. In Spring 2018, she interned as a student blogger for The Washington Center and as The Future of Privacy Forum’s first in-house designer, both in Washington, D.C. She currently works as a contract designer for the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) in Alexandria, Virginia. 

After graduation, Huang hopes to use her unique cultural and educational background to bridge the gap between identities – East and West, humanities and STEM – to create an impact in the corners of her world. During her commencement speech, she touched on the privilege it is for her and her fellow graduates to receive a college education from MSU and the importance to use it for the greater good. 

“With 14 percent of this world’s population illiterate today, I, too, often take my ability to read and write for granted. As college graduates, we, really, are the lucky ones, and it is up to us to go write our own stories...literally,” she said. “We are able to use the well-rounded education we received from Morehead State University as a tool for positive impacts in our lives.”  

A posthumous degree was awarded to Eric Lovely who passed away during his last semester. The degree was accepted by his brother Lance Lovely.

ROTC students were commissioned as part of the program. ROTC Commissioned Officers are Martin Davalos, Lovely; Nicholas Gage Thompson Holloway, Taylorsville; Ted William Moore, Morehead; Aaron Eziekiel Stone, Vanceburg; Madison Kimberly Witzleb, Rock Falls, Illinois; and Tyler Matthew Zaborowsky, Medina, Ohio. 

Following the ceremony, the newest alumni were inducted into the MSU Alumni Association Inc. by its president, Dr. Jason Marion (04). 

Additional information on commencement exercises is available by calling 606-783-2008 or visiting

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