Jaclyn Kolovich graduates from Ohio Wesleyan University

DELAWARE, OH (06/05/2012)(readMedia)-- Jaclyn Kolovich of Newton Falls, Ohio, graduated May, 13, 2012, from Ohio Wesleyan University. Kolovich earned a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Ohio Wesleyan's Class of 2012 included 63 cum laude graduates, 35 magna cum laude graduates, 23 summa cum laude graduates, and four graduates with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Mae C. Jemison, M.D., served as keynote speaker during the university's 168th annual commencement ceremony. A doctor, engineer, scientist, academic, entrepreneur, and public intellectual, Jemison spent six years with NASA and made history in 1987 when she became the first woman of color in space.

In her address, Jemison urged Ohio Wesleyan's newest graduates to think about how they would use their educations and unique experiences to make a positive impact on the world. "It's OK to do good just for good's sake," she said.

Before concluding the 2012 commencement ceremony, Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D., also encouraged the new graduates to share their knowledge and compassion with a world in need.

"If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have found freedom, take it with you into the world," Jones said, sharing traditional OWU graduation wishes. "If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have found peace, go and share it with others. If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have found some portion of truth, go and seek it all the more. If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have dreamed dreams, help one another, and those dreams may come true. If, here at Ohio Wesleyan, you have known love, give some back to a bruised and hurting world."

For more information about Ohio Wesleyan's 2012 commencement ceremony, visit www.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation's premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio's capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU's close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book "Colleges That Change Lives," and is included on the "best colleges" lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.