Pikeville student among speakers Saturday at NKU graduation

More than 1,700 students will get degrees in fall commencement

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (NKU Public Relations) – Northern Kentucky University will honor more than 1,700 students in the 49th Commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 18.

The two ceremonies being held at BB&T Arena will recognize students who completed requirements for graduation in the College of Education, College of Arts & Sciences, and the Haile College of Business at 10 a.m., while students in the College of Informatics and the College of Health and Human Services will be recognized at 3 p.m.

In addition to remarks from NKU President Ashish Vaidya, the Commencement address will be given by the 2021 Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Dr. Kimberly Clayton-Code, professor in the College of Education. Students and their families will also hear from two student speakers: Aliya Cannon (both ceremonies), Lindsey Schilling (10 a.m.) and Kayly Alison Isaac (3 p.m.).

Lindsey Schilling is graduating summa cum laude from the Haile College of Business with a degree in accounting and a business minor. During her time at NKU, she has received Dean’s List and Presidential Honors, completed multiple internships with local and regional accounting firms in the greater Cincinnati area as well as providing consulting services to local businesses. In her earlier years, Schilling didn’t exactly know what she wanted to be when she grew up, but she did know one thing: she wanted to make a difference. Through her college career, NKU has helped Schilling to find her path to making a difference and provided opportunities for her to positively impact our local and regional community.

Kayly Isaac is from Pikeville, Kentucky and is graduating magna cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from NKU’s 16-month accelerated program for postbaccalaureate individuals. Before starting the ABSN Program, Isaac graduated from Morehead State University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology as a George M. Lackey Honor’s Program student before beginning her preparation to practice as a registered nurse through NKU. During her time at NKU, Isaac stayed active in her program by serving as her cohort’s representative in multiple committees including the BSN Program Committee, Program Evaluation Committee and Student Advisory Committee. In these committees, Isaac was able to advocate for student needs, provide student perspectives and recommendations, and convey pertinent information on behalf of her cohort. She was selected as the recipient of the Janice Mabry Cantrell Scholarship due to her strong personal values and nursing philosophy.

Included in the more than 1,700 students being honored on Dec. 18 are those who completed studies in August, in addition to those who completed studies in December.

For more information on NKU Commencement exercises, visit the NKU Commencement website.

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