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MSU has 31 Adobe certifications during fall 2020 semester

Despite the challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students from Morehead State University’s Department of Art and Design and the Convergent Media program earned 31 Adobe Certified Associate certifications during the fall 2020 semester. 

“I say this every semester – that our students deserve a very big ‘congratulations’ for all of the hard work and dedication that went into this achievement. Never does that statement ring truer than this term,” said Tony Glover, coordinator of MSU’s Adobe Certification program. “The difficult nature and changes that the COVID-19 crisis has placed on students and educators alike presented new challenges on how to continue their education online in these extraordinary times. They not only met those challenges but excelled at them. These results rival some of our highest pre-COVID success rates.”  

There were 31 certifications earned in the following areas:  

  • Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop (18)  
  • Graphic Design and Illustration using Adobe Illustrator (6)   
  • Digital Video using Adobe Premiere Pro (5)  
  • Adobe Design Professional – Digital Design Specialist (2 students who have passed the Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop exams)  

Of the students who earned Adobe Certified Associate certifications for Fall 2020, Clarissa Vashti Gearner, a post-baccalaureate student from Morehead, earned the Top Overall Score. Gearner also placed in the top tier of all test-takers nationwide.  

“The certifications earned this semester truly reinforce the fact that MSU’s continued commitment to quality education and career readiness in both digital media and graphic design is working,” Glover said.  

For more information about MSU’s Adobe Certification programs, visit, email Glover at or call 606-783-9338.