The City of Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney and Ohio University Chillicothe’s graduating senior Danielle Ball will deliver remarks at this year’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony on April 28.

OUC’s Graduation Recognition Ceremony honors the accomplishments of the Class of 2017 at the regional campus level the night before commencement at Ohio University.

Feeney will keynote the ceremony held in the OUC Shoemaker Center, while Ball will give the class remarks as the chosen student representative.



Mayor Feeney is a graduate of Ohio University and Case Western Reserve School of Law. He was elected to his current position in 2015 and since taking office has worked to reopen two shuttered fire stations, increase the public safety staffing for fire and police departments in the city and has invested more than $1 million in public infrastructure through street paving projects. He is a longtime advocate for public service, having served on numerous boards of directors for community organizations and worked on behalf of low income people and senior citizens with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS).

The class speaker for this year’s ceremony is Danielle Ball, a social work major who hails from Chillicothe. She transferred to OUC two years ago from Shawnee State and was selected to deliver the class address by the graduation committee.

“I feel honored to have even been nominated, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get to represent the class of 2017,” Ball said. “Coming into OUC, I didn’t even know how it would all play out, but it’s gone exponentially better than I expected. It’s the perfect end to a Cinderella story.”

The Graduation Recognition Ceremony will take place April 28 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Shoemaker Center at OUC’s campus. The community is invited to attend the evening’s celebration in honor of the graduating class of 2017. A reception will be held immediately following the conclusion of the ceremony in the Shoemaker Center.