ZSC Commencement


2024 Commencement at Secrest Auditorium

It is time to celebrate the achievements of our graduates! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Commencement at Secrest Auditorium on May 9, 2024, at 6 p.m. For family and friends unable to attend, check out the Facebook Live Stream. Also, from May 5-11 th, the Muskingum County Courthouse will be blue for photo opportunities with your regalia and family and friends. This website has all the information for our grads and special guests.

Wednesday, May 8

3:30 p.m. – Rehearsal

4:30 p.m. – Grad Picnic

Thursday, May 9

5 p.m. – Grad Line-Up

5 p.m. – Theatre Seating

6 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony

Click here for the Commencement Parking Guide.

The construction on I-70 is ongoing. You can stay up-to-date on the I-70 construction and ramp closures here.



2024 Commencement Speaker Bailey Sanders

Zane State College is proud to announce this year’s Commencement speaker: Bailey Sanders, Occupational Therapy Assistant ’20.

Bailey was born in Chicago, adopted by a wonderful mother, and raised in Johnstown, Ohio. In high school, Bailey participated in cheerleading and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa when she transitioned to college. What first sparked her interest in occupational therapy was the volunteer work she performed at the Ohio State School for the Blind. Here, Bailey realized how privileged she was to help someone complete their daily routines. She has always loved people and is known as charismatic. Now working in the nursing home in her hometown, Bailey serves the senior population and feels this brings her humility and grace daily. As a mom to a three-year-old son, Carson, life has taught her that sleep is not a given. Yet, she is set on furthering her education to obtain a master’s degree as either a registered Occupational Therapist or in Communications. 

Dr. Laura

Music Performed by Dr. Laura E. Schumann

Dr. Laura E. Schumann is the Music Director and Conductor of the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra (SEOSO) and a Professor of Music at Muskingum University. She is a multi-award-winning and internationally acclaimed violinist, arranger, and conductor. Schumann is noted for her unique and original family/children’s programs, incorporating differing musical styles, educational components, exciting visual and interactive concerts, and an out-of-the-box contemporary yet sophisticated approach to programming and audience development.

ASL Bethaney Brown

ASL Interpretation by Bethaney Brown

Bethaney Brown, our American Sign Language Interpreter, is a Zane State alumni. She began the path that led her to an interpreting career at Zane State/ Muskingum Area Technical College, completing her Associate degree in 1993. Bethaney tested and became certified at the national interpreting certification (RID) level in 2003. In 2008, she completed her BSS from Ohio University. She completed her M.Ed in 2016. The majority of her 21 years of interpreting have been in the education field. She is currently employed as a Sign Language Interpreter with the Department of Homeland Security but continues to freelance interpret in the community. Bethaney has come full circle in her career and is now an adjunct professor at Zane State College teaching American Sign Language.

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