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TU to Recognize Class of 2021 with In-Person Commencement Ceremony

Tiffin University will celebrate its 133rd annual commencement on Saturday, May 1 with an in-person ceremony.

“We are excited to celebrate graduates in-person to mark this important milestone,” said Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher.

Adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, TU will move forward with a socially distanced, downsized ceremony in the Heminger Center. There will be two separate ceremonies, with the graduate ceremony at 10 a.m. and the undergraduate ceremony at 2 p.m. Other precautions include universal mask wearing, physical distancing and limited faculty and staff. In-person attendance will be limited to graduates and two family members only, with additional family and friends invited to join the celebration virtually. The COVID-19 vaccine is not required, but the University encourages students and guests to receive the shot before attending the event.

Although this year’s commencement has limitations, it will mirror the structure of the traditional ceremony. There will be a processional, keynote speaker, presentation of candidates, conferring of degrees and a recessional.

“I am saddened that we cannot welcome more guests on campus to celebrate this special day,” said Dr. Schumacher. “Family and friends play such a significant role in supporting their graduate throughout their collegiate journey and celebrating this culminating success. Luckily, all can still be a part of students’ commencement by streaming the ceremony and sharing in other festivities we have planned.”

About the Commencement Keynote Speaker

Severine “Sevy” Petras Wells, CEO and Co-Founder of Priority Life Care, will deliver the keynote address during Tiffin University’s 2021 commencement ceremony.

After the collapse of the economy in 2009, Wells and her family changed their career direction as they saw a growing demand for affordable senior housing options. They set out to build a platform that focused on providing an alternative long-term care solution to those on Medicaid programs throughout the U.S.

Since its first community opening in 2010, Priority Life Care has expanded into one of the largest senior housing providers in the nation. Priority Life Care focuses on third party management of independent, assisted living and memory care communities. Their expertise is opening and leasing new construction, licensing, rehab, additions of specialty care units, leadership training, employee engagement, resident/family satisfaction, program implementation and census growth.

Wells, as CEO, is also charged with leading the company in pursuit of its purpose to support independence. She strives to empower and inspire her management team and community level employees to be mindful of the importance of their roles in serving residents.

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