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MSU Spring Commencement recognizes more than 1,200 graduates

Friends, family, faculty, staff and students gathered to celebrate the completion of college degrees for the newest MSU graduates. More than 1,200 graduates were honored at spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11, at the Academic-Athletic Center (AAC). 
President Jay MorganGraduates were congratulated by MSU President Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, as they crossed the stage. 

Abby Isaacs of Ashland was the morning commencement speaker for the College of Science. She is the daughter of Mary Beth Jones and Rick Jones and the wife of Kasey Isaacs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. 

At Morehead State, Isaacs was a member of MSU’s George M. Luckey Jr. Academic Honors Program and its Academic Honors Student Association, where she has served as chairwoman of programming and chairwoman of finance. She was an Undergraduate Research Fellow and served as a tutor with MSU’s Tutoring and Learning Center for four semesters. 

Abby Isaacs“Today, we celebrate each of one of us. Both the efforts we have put forth in achieving this great accomplishment and the personal characteristics that enabled us to do so,” Isaacs said. “By graduating today, we show that these efforts were not in vain. All of our journeys here have been unique but today, we come together as one – Morehead State University’s graduating class of 2019.” 

Isaacs plans to enroll in medical school at the University of Louisville. She hopes to complete a dual residency in both internal medicine and psychiatry and return to Eastern Kentucky to continue her career in the medical field. 

Sarah Fink of Hollsopple, Pennsylvania, was the afternoon commencement speaker for the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the daughter of Kaye Fink and William Fink. She received both a Bachelor of Arts in Government with a minor in international studies and a Certificate in Intelligence Studies with an emphasis in regional analysis.  

Sarah FinkFink was an Undergraduate Research Fellow and vice president of the Cicero Society, an organization to promote intellectual diversity through open discourse and debate. She is an accomplished D-1 athlete on the MSU Rifle Team and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She was an undergraduate representative for the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Strategic Planning Committee and was a member of MSU’s Model European Union, the Political Science Club and the College Republicans. 

“As we head out into future, we have a new role. We are the generation who will instill virtue into those who come after us. We will no longer be the student but, now, we will become the teacher,” Fink said. “The example we set and the decisions we make will be on display for younger generations. It is in these moments when we will make the most impact on the world.” 

Fink plans to continue her education by enrolling in the Master of Arts in Intelligence and Securities Studies program at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She hopes to one day work as an intelligence analyst for the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security. 

ROTC students were commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the U.S. Army.  

They are: Cameron A. Back of Nicholasville, Kylee Anne Hearne of Sparta, and Justin A. Sturgill of Killeen, Texas. 

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

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