On Saturday May 5, at The Ohio State Fisher College of Business Pre-Commencement Ceremony, the college recognized Circleville native, Matthew Hogue, for his accomplishments while attending the college up until 2017. Shashi Matta, Faculty Director and Professor at The Fisher College of Business said, “He had two big fights with cancer. The second, he lost his life to. And even while he was battling this disease, he continued his progress in the working professional MBA program. He continued his progress, because he knew that this education and the example that he would set for his young son, for his family would live on.“
As Matta called up the family of Matthew Hogue to receive the award, the 250 graduating students stood to honor him. Matta said he was reminded of this ancient poem as he was talking to friends and family while researching for the acknowledgement.
Lead me from ignorance to knowledge.
Lead me from darkness to light.
Lead me from death to immortality.
Matta added, “The working professional MBA program at Fisher is a very special program. It’s our highest ranked graduate program at Fisher.” He added that students work full time jobs, then attend the masters program until 9:30 PM. The college published a message written by Matthew’s brother (Jonathan) in the program. It’s embedded below.
Matthew’s mother, Patricia Rice, wrote this note of gratitude after the event.
Matt persevered through all the challenges, obstacles, and difficulties he faced because it was important for him not to be remembered as a quitter by his son. This past year there have been so many events honoring Matt by his wife, in-laws and friends and family that it has left me in awe. Today, Fisher Business College Professors and his peers did an amazing thing by honoring him during the graduating commencement, Matt would have been a part of. I’ve tried all day to think of the right words to say to express my gratitude to Matt’s wife, his in-laws and their extended families, his brothers and their families, his paternal aunt and uncle and cousins, his friends, his co-workers, and his Professors and peers at Fisher Business College. No words can express how thankful I am that all of you were a part of his life and that you contributed in leaving what was most important to Matt. He wanted more than anything to see his son grow up but when he knew that wasn’t possible, it was important for him to be a positive role model to his son. All the events in this past year prove he exceeded far more than he could even imagine. Through your love, support, and encouragement, all of you contributed in leaving a legacy his son will grow up and be proud of. Thank you for loving my son.
The full ceremony can be seen here: (Matthew’s award is an hour and 10 minutes into the video).
In Loving Memory
“Something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” – Publilius Syrus
Tribute by Jonathan Hogue
Matthew Hogue, a student in the WPMBA program at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business was struck with cancer twice while trying to complete his education. The second affliction was fatal, and Matt passed away in August 2017, unable to complete the program that he was proud to begin.
As his brother, it’s interesting to me the price that Matt chose to pay in order to attempt to complete his eduction here. I’m not referring to the tuition. Between the first and second occurence of cancer, Matt had a son. There were some days that Matt would work a full day at his job, travel to medical facilities on West Campus for life-draining chemotherapy, then come over to the business school for class, arriving home after 9 p.m. with his new baby already asleep. Matt would do an hour or two of homework and join his sleeping wife in bed so he could wake up the next day to go to work.
There was a point in Matt’s treatment and education where it had to become obvious to him that his chances of survival were not great; however, he didn’t stop going to school until he was physically unable.
Plenty of the students graduating today have made similar family-time sacrrifices; however, a lot of that sacrifice can be justified by the positive things that come after graduating: more career opportunities, the prestige of accomplishment, and the betterment of life that eventually comes from being educated. From Matt’s perspective, being able to count the number of days he had left, why did he give so much of his attention and energy to this specific pursuit over the others that he also held in high regard?
We must remember that “something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” Matt knowingly paid some of the last hours of his life for the pursuit of his education. He knew there would be no career advancement, no financial gain, and no benefit decades down the road. We can only conclude that in Matt’s mind, the value of the education alone, was worth the price.
Matt started out in life at a trade school, learning carpentry, and he had no illusions that he would ever go to college, much less graduate. Not seeing a great future for himself, and being drawn by a sense of duty after September 11, he joined the Air Force. After being honorably discharged four years later, he got a job with the federal government. Using his tuition benefits, he enrolled in Franklin University, where he excelled. This kid, who had no college ambitions because he didn’t think he was good enough, worked himself into the MBA program at one of the finest business schools in the world.
In Matt’s mind, there was no path from where he was at 18 years old to where he ended up, being a student in this program, recieving such a high level of education. For Matt, it wasn’t about the benefits he would receive. Being in this school, pursuing this degree, gave Matt’s life value and purpose. He paid such a high price because, if he left this life, he wanted to go being associated with this college and university. He could think of no higher honor.
For some of you, the path was hard and for some, it was a little easier. Everybody was willing to pay a little different price, but in my opinion, Matt paid the most. He got so close to the finish line, but when it was all said and done, completing the program wasn’t an option for him. -Jonathan Hogue
(Matthew Hogue is the brother of Jonathan Hogue, who operates this publication.)