ZSC Commencement


2022 Commencement

In-Person at Secrest Auditorium

It is time to celebrate the achievement of our graduates! We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Commencement live at Secrest Auditorium on May 12, 2022, at 6 p.m. For family and friends unable to attend, check out the Facebook Live Stream. This website has all the information for our grads and special guests

Click here for a parking map.

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

Chancellor Randy Gardner

Commencement Speaker

Gardner Zane State CollegeRandy Gardner was appointed by Governor Mike DeWine the 10th Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education in January 2019. As Chancellor, he oversees the state’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities and Ohio Technical Centers. In addition, the Chancellor provides policy guidance to the Governor and the Ohio General Assembly and carries out state higher education policy.

During the first year of the DeWine Administration, Chancellor Gardner made more than 100 college and university visits to 74 different campuses, an ambitious schedule meeting with university leaders, faculty, and students throughout Ohio.
Before becoming Chancellor, Gardner served a combined total of 33 years in the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. A well-respected leader, Gardner served in seven different elected leadership positions, including Senate President Pro Tem, House Speaker Pro Tem, and Senate Majority Leader during his final term in the Senate. He also served as chairman of both the House and Senate Higher Education committees.

In the General Assembly, his work ethic was exemplified by his 100% voting record over 33 years. His 10,433 consecutive roll call votes on bills, amendments, and resolutions earned him the nickname “the Cal Ripken of the state legislature.

Gardner received his bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in political science, both from Bowling Green State University. Prior to his career in public service, he worked as a realtor and high school history and government teacher.

Gardner and his wife, Sandy, reside in Bowling Green and are the parents of three children — Brooks, Christina, and Austin.

Dr. Laura E. Schumann

Musical Performance

Dr. Laura 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.

Bethaney Brown

ASL Interpretation

ASL 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.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

3:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

5:00 p.m.

Grad Line-Up

5:00 p.m.

Theatre Seating

6:00 p.m.


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