U.S. Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Melana Johnson represented the Class of 2017 as student speaker during Edinboro University’s graduate student commencement ceremony May 13. Her speech encouraged her fellow graduates to strive for excellence and pursue their dreams.
Johnson, of the Penn Hills area of Pittsburgh, earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and was active in the university’s Reserve Officer Training Corps during her graduate studies. She was commissioned as an officer in the Army National Guard the day before graduating and will serve as an Adjutant General Officer in the Pittsburgh area.
A 2011 graduate of Edinboro with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Johnson worked as a therapist and service coordinator for UPMC’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic after earning her undergraduate degree. She enlisted in the Army in 2013.
Johnson became an Apache helicopter mechanic and began work on her master’s degree as an Edinboro University online student while conducting military training at Fort Eustis, Va. She returned to Edinboro’s campus full time in 2015 to fulfill her dream of becoming an Army officer by contracting in the ROTC program.
During her time at Edinboro, Johnson worked as a volunteer on and off campus. She participated in various extra-curricular activities, served as the graduate hall coordinator and supervisor of Highlands 6 residence hall, conducted Military Training monthly with Cambridge Springs National Guard Unit, and completed the requirements of the ROTC and Educational Leadership programs.
She maintained a 4.0 GPA and was the recipient of a $1,200 online graduate student scholarship.
Edinboro University’s spring 2017 commencement ceremonies at honored 796 undergraduate and graduate degree recipients. For more information about Edinboro University, please visit http://www.edinboro.edu/.
Photo caption: Melana Johnson, of Pittsburgh, delivers the student address May 13 at Edinboro University’s graduate student commencement ceremony.