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Owens Community College Alumna
Christine Drath, a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program student, was selected as the Owens Community College 2011 class representative and addressed the graduates during the May 6 Commencement Ceremony.
Drath was born the third of four children to a father with a tenth grade education and a mother with a high school diploma. Her family received public assistance in the form of welfare for the majority of her childhood.
At the age of 14, she began working. It was a life changing experience for her. She knew she could be independent and take care of herself with a job. Later, as the mother of two boys, now 13 and 15, she set a good example by working hard as an accounting clerk, but she always knew she wanted more.
As the boys grew up, she found herself with a little more time and she was able to begin her college education.
"I was terrified to attend Owens. I didn't know if I was smart enough, I didn't know if I was good enough," said Drath.
She soon discovered that she did have what it takes to excel in college. She graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Chi Alpha Epsilon honor societies, and was nominated for this year's Allied Health Honor Award, in addition to receiving the prestigious honor of representing her graduating class as the student speaker.
Her speech addressed the challenges and the journey of a college experience.
"I did not anticipate the evolutionary process of higher education, but I am a testament to all that it encompasses," said Drath.
She credits her success to an incredible amount of hard work, the support of her sons, William and Nicholas, and the support of the faculty at Owens Community College, especially Susan Perry.
After graduation, she plans on working at the University of Michigan as an Ultrasound Technician. She hopes that one day she can continue her education and help other new graduates by becoming an Ultrasound Practitioner, a position reserved for highly educated ultrasound technicians.
"I am truly the culmination of all that I have experienced," said Drath.
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