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Winter Weather Message: Winter weather, including the possibility of snow, sleet and ice, is forecast for our area on Friday. If you have finals scheduled, or if you are planning to take part in the Autumn Semester Graduation ceremony, you may want to leave early to make sure you arrive on time. Snow and ice on the highways can easily turn a 30-minute drive into a one-hour (or more) commute. Drive carefully and be safe.

If you are attending graduation, it begins promptly at 10 a.m. at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus.

Former student-turned judge to provide Columbus State commencement address Dec. 6

imageIt's a long way from her hometown of Welch, W. Va., to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations, Juvenile Branch, but the Honorable Terri B. Jamison made the journey via Columbus State. This Friday she’ll provide the colleges’ commencement address.

Judge Jamison owned and operated an insurance agency for more than 15 years, but decided to take classes at Columbus State in 1999. Her Columbus State business classes were immediately helpful in running the business, and the experience primed her for new challenges.

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She transferred to Franklin University and graduated cum laude in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. After earning a law degree from Capital University in 2004, she founded her own practice focusing on criminal, juvenile and domestic relations law. She was elected to the bench in November 2012. Her Columbus State education helped at every step.

"My experience at Columbus State was tremendous," says Jamison. "I took speech classes, which helped prepare me for public speaking. While campaigning, I was able to speak well to various audiences without fear. Also, I took accounting at Columbus State and that helped me manage my finances during the campaign."

Among the 917 students who’ve petitioned to graduate (our largest autumn graduation class ever) is Jose Miguel Ibarra, 23, who will receive a Criminal Justice associate degree. He is planning to attend Ohio State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Braydi McPherson, 20, is a Choose Ohio First Scholar who will transfer to Ohio State to work on a biological engineering bachelor’s degree. Chuck Dean, 49, majored in electromechanical engineering. He came to Columbus State in 2011 after being laid off. His degree path recently helped him land a position with a local company. (Students who earned a degree during the summer semester have been invited to take part in this commencement.)

Valedictorian Karen Jackson, 51, will deliver remarks to the class. Her decision to enter college in 2008 helped her make a potential life-saving decision for a family member. Earlier this year, while babysitting her three-month-old granddaughter, her knowledge from nursing-related courses helped Karen avert tragedy. She noticed that her granddaughter was in respiratory distress. The baby was rushed to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with Respiratory Syncytial Virus. The quick action helped lead to a smooth recovery and today she’s a healthy one-year old girl. Karen will now transfer to Ohio State to work on a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

Columbus State’s Autumn Semester graduation will be held Friday, December 6, at 10 a.m. at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus. A live stream of the event will be available at: