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Marshall University, one of COCM’s campus partners, planned a surprise for one of their students this past week at graduation. Claudia Lea, one of over 1700 students graduating, was taken aback when Marshall University’s president, Jerome Gilbert, announced that her father, Major Brett Lea, had recorded a video to share from Germany where he was serving for the US military.

Little did Claudia know, her father was waiting behind stage to walk out and surprise his daughter on her big day. Watch the video to see this heartwarming moment!

Marshall University continues to amaze us with their dedication to their motto #MarshallUFamily. We feel privileged to be working with such upstanding and incredible institutions all across the United States, and enjoy getting news of stories like these to share with others.

Congratulations to all of Marshall University’s 2018 graduates!


Leigh Anne is the Director of Creative and Brand Marketing at COCM. In her role, she supports the development and implementation of the annual corporate marketing plan. She is responsible for overall brand strategy, content marketing, social media, video production, COCM’s website, marketing materials design and production, as well as serving as our liaison for COCM's sponsorships.