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Winter Graduation Set for December 18

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Mars Hill University will confer bachelor’s degrees on an expected 82 August and December graduates at winter graduation ceremonies on Friday, December 18, at 5 pm, in Moore Auditorium. 

Keynote speaker for the graduation will be T. Michael Kelly '82, a Mars Hill University trustee, and vice president of learning and development for the Credit and Customer Services Department of Macy's Inc. Mike Kelly

Student speakers will be Tricia Michelle Ellis, an apparel and interior merchandising major from Emerywood, NC; and Talina Hooper Royer, an integrated education major from Clyde, NC, in the Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) program at Mars Hill. Special music will be provided by music majors Anthony Christian Sabatino, Mars Hill, NC; Laura Elizabeth Maynard, Hendersonville, NC; Luke Alexander Rathbone, Swannanoa, NC; and Spencer Lamare Taunton, Mill Spring, NC.

Mike Kelly graduated from Mars Hill University in 1982 with a degree in business administration. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University, where he was recognized as Outstanding Graduate Student.

In addition to his role with Macy’s, Mike Kelly owns and operates a private coaching and investment firm, Right Path Enterprises, LLC.

Mike and his wife, Dr. Melinda Kelly, have been married for 29 years. They are native South Carolinians, who have been residents of Mason, OH since 1997.

Kelly serves on the MHU Board of Trustees and as a member of the Campaign Steering Committee for the university. He was also recognized as Mars Hill’s 2014 Alumnus of the Year.

Kelly is active on several community related boards of directors in Ohio, including the Music Festival Association of Cincinnati, which sponsors May Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious choral festivals in the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, Mike serves as the Rotary International District Governor Elect for District 6670 |Southwest Ohio.