UPMC Hosts 36th Commencement Exercises For Medical Lab Program

Pictured, from left, Steve Kilburn, chair, UPMC Chautauqua board of directors, Kyle C. Jordan, coordinator, Medical Laboratory Science Program, Class of 2018 graduates, Maame-Esi Aggrey, Abbey Basford, Stephanie Bress, Emily Dillenburg, Amanda Ledgerwood, Zacheriah Roberts, Michele G. Harms, program director. Submitted photo

UPMC Chautauqua hospital and school leadership, family and friends gathered at the UPMC Chautauqua Auditorium to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 graduates during the 36th Commencement Exercises of the UPMC Chautauqua Medical Laboratory Science Program.

Steven Kilburn, chair UPMC Chautauqua board of directors, and Kyle C. Jordan, coordinator, Medical Laboratory Science Program, presented the students with their Certificate of Completion and class pins. The class of 2018 graduates are: Maame-Esi Aggrey, SUNY Brockport; Abbey Basford, SUNY Fredonia; Stephanie Bress, SUNY Fredonia; Emily Dillenburg, SUNY Fredonia; Amanda Ledgerwood, Kent State University; and Zacheriah Roberts, Clarion University of PA.

Graduation exercises included a congratulatory message from program director, Michele G. Harms. The class presented a “Year In Retrospect,” a collection of photos taken during the program year.

“I know you will each succeed and excel to wherever you want your dreams to take you,” Harms said. “You know what it takes. Don’t settle for being just “OK,” don’t wait for someone else to lead you — be the leader, and be the mover — because each of you has potential far beyond what you have reached today.”

The invocation was given by the Rev. Donald Ray, retired UPMC Chautauqua chaplain. Jordan recognized the faculty for their dedication to the Class of 2018 and passed along some words of wisdom to the graduates.

At the close of the graduation exercises, graduates, and their families and guests were invited to tour the hospital’s Clinical Laboratory.