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UT student to join Peace Corps upon graduation

In two weeks, Jeanetta Mohlke-Hill will fly to Paraguay to serve 2.5 years as a member of the Peace Corps.

Hill, 22, is graduating summa cum laude from the Jesup Scott Honors College on Sunday, May 5, with a bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender studies.

“For women and gender studies, there’s an emphasis on learning through actually doing stuff, not just sitting in classes, taking in information and reading, but applying what you’ve learned in your classes, developing the skills you’ve learned, and putting them in the real-world context,” she said.

Jeanetta Mohlke-Hill, right, will join the Peace Corps upon graduation from The University of Toledo. She is pictured here with her family, from left her mother Shauna, brother Theodore, father Mike and brother Nathaniel.

Hill had made an impressive mark on her university and made the most of her college years. She founded the UT Feminist Alliance in 2011, helped organize UT Women’s History Month and Take Back the Night, tutored for three years at the Writing Center serving as assistant director for one year, and volunteered to be a note-taker for the Office of Accessibility.

She also interned last summer for the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., through the Washington Center and traveled to Nicaragua for spring break with the Honors College to help at an elementary school.

The Hill family has strong connections to campus as well – Jeanetta’s mother, Shauna, is a dietician at the UT Medical Center and her father, Mike, is a UT doctoral student who works as an English instructor at Henry Ford Community College. Her brothers, Nathaniel, 5, and Theodore, 3, attend preschool at the Early Learning Center on the UT Health Science Campus.

Jeanetta is one of 3,041 candidates for degrees at UT’s commencement ceremonies on Sunday in Savage Arena on the University’s Main Campus.

In the morning ceremony, Sandra Pianalto, who has been president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland since 2003, will speak to graduates from the colleges of Business and Innovation, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Visual and Performing Arts, and Languages, Literature and Social Sciences at 9:30 a.m.

At the afternoon ceremony, Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of the Battelle Memorial Institute since 2009, will address graduates from the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service and the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning at 2 p.m.

Click here to download a photo of the Hill family. Pictured from left Shauna, Theodore, Mike, Nathaniel and Jeanetta.

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