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Graduates are Inspired to Find their Niche in the World



May 19, 2015

On May 8, the Richmond Campus Class of 2015 took the stage to accept their diplomas during the annual commencement ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Richmond. The graduates were joined by the Richmond Campus staff and faculty and a large and joyfully exuberant crowd of several hundred friends and family members.

Commencement speaker Reverend Dr. Robert Blythe, a Commissioner for the City of Richmond, commended the graduates on seeing their educational goals through to the end. He also encouraged them to hold tight to the relationships that they have built at ANU and to find their special niche in the world as they embark upon their new careers. “Remember that in life there is a place just for you. There is a need that only you can fill. Find it and fill it,” he advised.

Following Reverend Blythe’s inspirational address, several outstanding graduates were presented with awards: Jessica Green and Courtney Watson—E.M. Coulter Award; Cheryl Fruzzetti—M. A. Smythe Award; Jackie Hall and Keri Lancaster—Joseph E. Hurn Award; Sheri Ingram and Jennifer Harney—Achievement Award; and Linda Dominquez—Leadership Award.

Loretta Richardson, a 2006 graduate who has built a successful career as a certified medical assistant, was the recipient of this year’s Alumni Hall of Achievement Award. After graduating from ANU, Loretta was hired from her externship by a family practice in Berea, Kentucky. She later worked in a large internal medicine and family practice, where she began as a referral coordinator, and then advanced to front office supervisor and later to clinical supervisor. Loretta has also been active in the local chapter of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) and serves as a board member of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). 

“In the past few weeks I was offered a position to engage in a new journey at a pediatric office, which I have accepted and I am looking forward to. Being a medical assistant has opened many doors and allowed me many opportunities,” Loretta shared. “Being a medical assistant has given me great joy. I love working with patients and helping every patient that I come in contact with.”

A- Commencement speaker Reverend Dr. Robert Blythe urged the Richmond Campus graduates to find their place in the world and fill it.

B- Medical assisting program graduate Loretta Richardson, the recipient of the 2015 Alumni Hall of Achievement Award, is pictured with director of health science education Paula Ciolek (right) and campus director Keeley Gadd (left).

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