Drs. O’Neill and Anderson

Ed O'neill commencementEd O’Neill, who attended YSU and today is one of the stars of the hit TV show “Modern Family,” left, exits Beeghly Center after receiving an honorary doctorate degree at YSU’s Spring Commencement for undergraduate students. Next to O’Neill is Luke Politsky, student speaker.

“I’ve worked hard, but I’ve had a lot of help,” O’Neill said. “It’s been quite a ride. It’s been 37 years since I left Youngstown, and honestly, when I think of all that’s happened, I’m a bit stunned.” He added: “I suppose if there’s any lesson to be learned from this, it’s to never give up on yourself, find a way or go down swinging.”

Cynthia E. AndersonThe ceremony for graduate students in the afternoon was the final commencement for YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson, right, who retires June 30. Anderson, the first woman and YSU graduate to serve as president, leaves YSU after a 34-year career as a faculty member and administrator.