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Class Representative

Chelsey McMillan

Chelsey McMillan

Chelsey McMillan has been selected as the Owens Community College class representative and will address the graduates during this evening's 32nd Fall Commencement Ceremony.

McMillan, of Monroe, Mich., is a graduate from the Registered Nursing Program. She transferred to Owens in January 2011 after working toward a nursing degree at another college.

"Right away at Owens, I noticed a supportive environment. I felt like the faculty wanted to see you succeed," said McMillan.

In addition to the honor of being selected to represent her class, McMillan earned a 4.0 grade-point average at Owens and runs marathons in her personal time.

According to her instructors, she is a student who always goes above and beyond in her studies, has a positive attitude and is outstanding in patient care.

"If it wasn't for Owens, I wouldn't be becoming a registered nurse. Owens did so much more than give me a degree, they gave me a chance to do what I love, said McMillan.

She credits her success to the support and love of her family, as well as her boyfriend, Drew, and his family. She would like to thank the nursing faculty for its support, especially Julie Lohse, who McMillan described as her constant cheerleader.

One of McMillan's favorite quotes is "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Her speech will address the challenges she and the other graduates encountered on their own personal journeys.

After graduation, McMillan would like to work as an Obstetrics nurse and plans on pursuing her bachelor's degree and eventually would like to become a Certified Nurse Midwife or a Nurse Practitioner.


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