Breaking my neck did not stop me from graduating

Graduation 12_12_15The tassel has officially moved to the other side of my cap.

What started in a dorm jammed full of newly independent 18-year-olds in the fall of 2007 culminated at the University of Cincinnati this past Saturday morning with my graduation ceremony as a 27-year-old with a new perspective.

Last year when I looked into going back to class I wrote about the 5 things I learned during my hiatus from college.

I believe I will look back at that four year gap as the defining period of my life in which my priorities got flipped upside down, God became real in a personal way, and a vision for my life was made much more clear.

Thanks to Stephanie’s newly unveiled video editing skills, I now have the below YouTube video with my thoughts on the experience.

Thank you to everyone who played a role in the process.

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15 thoughts on “Breaking my neck did not stop me from graduating

  1. Ryan, congratulations on graduating from UC! Your will to accomplish that dream is inspiring. Witnessing the saving power of God in your life leaves all of us speechless.

    As for future video content, keep us posted on wedding preparation activities. Just say yes to every question about everything….music, food, cake, dresses, invitations, seating arrangement etc….

    Finally, the video editing was outstanding. Thought I had turned into Sports Center with a special on Ryan Arkins and the Bearcats…

  2. Congratulations! I am delighted that you have graduated and proud to have y.ou as an Honors-PLUS alum.

    Dr. Baker

  3. Congratulations on your latest achievement. I am a graduate of that “other” University (Xavier) but I know what a fine school UC is. I know you have received a fine education and one that will be with you for the remainder of your days on earth. My prayer for you is that you never lose the drive and determination you possess and that you use all of your many talents and strengths to follow God’s will and His mission for you as we all strive to build His Kingdom. As a graduate of XU I was educated in the tradition of St Francis Xavier, a Jesuit, who’s motto was “Men for others”. May you live and progress so that you can share all you possess for the praise and glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Carry on.

  4. Congratulations Ryan! I thank Gid for your amazing determination and perseverance! The ceremony looked so memorable and the video was wonderful! i know God is not done writing your story! Thank you for sharing the chapters with others. Merry Christmas to you, Stephanie and the rest of your wonderful family!

  5. Way to GO, Ryan!!!!
    Feel like I know you personally…and I am SO impressed and proud of your accomplishments!! I’m probably your mom’s age, but want you to know how blessed I am to have you as a brother-in-Christ! (Time, age, space is all incredibly different if we focus on the spritual realm!!) And it inspires my faith… to watch, learn and grow… from examples that my brothers and sisters in the Lord provide, as they live out their days in Him. Thank you, Ryan, for fighting the good fight. There are quite a few days where I think I can’t continue. But then God places someone in my path, or gives me a phone call from just the right person! Today it was an email from you! To God be the glory…GREAT things He has done!! Congrats again and MERRY CHRISTMAS!! You have an exciting year coming up! God bless,

  6. Congratulations, Ryan! Way to go! Your perseverance and tenacity in completing your schooling and accomplishing all that you have, is inspirational!!! Yahoo!

  7. Congratulations Ryan! So happy for you. With all the challenges you never let it stop you. I know you were dealing with a lot of physical issues at the time and would still get up every day and tackle it. God is so Great! You have given me so much inspiration in these past 6 years. You brought me so much closer to God my father. That I can’t thank you enough, you have so much patience and determination you just don’t give up. I and God thanks you. God bless you!!!! Great job on video Stephanie!!

  8. Congratulations Ryan!!!!!! I loved the Youtube!!!!! But I must say, it brought tears to my eyes…. and, yes, the best is yet to come!!!! Hugs and prayers to you and Stephanie, Aunt Linda

  9. Congratulations Ryan!! Thank you for sharing all the wonderful things that are happening in your life with all of us…I am so incredibly happy for you! May God continue to bless you and keep his loving arms around you as you begin a new chapter in your life!

  10. You are such a great teacher. So incredibly proud of your determination! Such an inspiration. Merry christmas to you and stephanie- happy 2016!

  11. As a fellow Bearcat I am THRILLED for you and so very Proud of you!! Congratulations!!!! As you said in the video “the best is yet to come”! Thank you for your inspiration and helping to instill Faith in all of us. We named our little puppy, Tobie, because in the Old Testament it is short for Tobias, meaning: God is Good!

    Go Bearcats!!!!

  12. Ryan how on earth did you do this? OK, I know you answered it in your video. But I just cannot seem to wrap my mind around your perseverance to complete your degree and GRADUATE from UC as you had dreamed. That is beyond awesome!!!! You are such an inspiration! I know you have heard that a lot. There are a lot of other adjectives to describe you and your journey.

    WAY TO GO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! And kudos to Stephanie! Excellent job on the video!!! What a beautiful sweetheart. 🙂

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