Saturday, June 10, 2000

Taft to UC grads: Stay in Ohio

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Erik Kirkhorn received his masters Friday at Shoemaker Center.
(Tony Jones photo)
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        The University of Cincinnati's class of 2000 witnessed two milestones Friday:

        • The school broadcast its commencement on the Internet for the first time.

        • It graduated its 200,000th student.

        But for many, the greatest milestone was getting their degrees.

        “It took a lot of hard work, family members' prayers, determination, persistence and definitely the grace of God to get through college,” said Kisha Kinebrew, 23, of Bond Hill during the school's 181st commencement, at the Shoemaker Center.

        The Hughes Center graduate majored in psychology and will attend graduate school at Western Michigan University this fall.

        Her mother, Sandra Kinebrew Engleman, said this was her fourth child to graduate from college. The Bond Hill woman expects her fifth child to graduate next year.

        “I always believed my children would go on to college because I kept it before the Lord and he blessed us,” said Mrs. Engleman, also the mother to 12 stepchildren.

        Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, the keynote speaker, urged the more than 5,000 who received degrees not to leave Ohio for jobs.

        “I encourage the graduates to live and work in Ohio,” said Mr. Taft, who received his law degree from UC in 1976. “Here in Cincinnati alone, we have P&G, Kroger and Federated.”

        The Taft family's ties to UC date to 1880, when Mr. Taft's great-grandfather, William Howard Taft, graduated from what was then the Cincinnati College Law School. He went on to serve as the 27th president of the United States and chief justice of the United States.

        Not everyone will be taking up Mr. Taft on his suggestion.

        Graduate Jennifer M. Keckley is leaving her home of Colerain Township for Detroit, where she will work in the automotive industry.

        “The co-op program here definitely works,” Ms. Keckley said. “I found a job two months ago.”

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