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Get to know our students, graduates, and staff through the articles and videos below. 


What's Ahead for Funeral Service? (American Funeral Director, January 2021) Features CCMS President & CEO Jack E. Lechner, Jr. 

Building Bridges with Anatomy: Can Continuing Education in Mortuary Sciences Transform the Profession? (European Journal of Anatomy, April 2021) Co-authored by faculty member Wanda Lee. See the whole issue here

Journey to Serve (American Funeral Director, May 2021) Features CCMS faculty member Leigh Combs.


CCMS Names Victoria Krouse Best Young Funeral Director (The Director, June 2020)

CCMS Holds Fall Graduation (The Director, June 2020)

Ones to Watch - Teresa "Tess" Payton (American Funeral Director, Sep 2020)

For CCMS Grad, Job Grows into Rewarding Lifestyle (The Director, Oct 2020)


A Conversation with Jack E. Lechner (American Funeral Director, January 2019)

Community Champions - March 2019 (Dimple Times, March 20, 2019). Features 2015 alumna Ashley Thacker.

CCMS to Build Revolutionary Cremation Facility (Funeral Home & Cemetery News, June 2019)

President Lechner is Inducted into Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame (ICCFA, Aug-Sep 2019)

CCMS President Inducted into Army Quartermaster Hall of Fame (The Director, Sep 2019)

Ones to Watch - Adam Grisier (American Funeral Director, Sep 2019) 

The American Exchange Programme September 2019 (The Embalmer, Winter 2019)


Ones to Watch 2018 (American Funeral Director, September 2018). Features current student Christopher "Topher" Crosby.

CCMS Holds Spring Commencement (Funeral Home & Cemetery News, June 2018)

CCMS Holds Commencement Ceremony Spring 2018 (ICCFA, June 2018)

CCMS Congratulates Spring 2018 Graduates (Buckeye Director, Summer 2018)

Honoring the Past...and Looking to the Future (American Funeral Director, May 2018)

Celebrant Training in Mortuary School (The Director, Apr 2018)

Students Earn InSight Funeral Celebrant Certification (The Buckeye Director, Spring 2018)

CCMS is partnering with OFDA to offer a scholarship in memory of CCMS alumna Rachael Anderson.  (The Buckeye Director, Spring 2018)

Transforming Death Care Education Gala (ICCFA, Feb 2018)

Hall of Fame (Funeral Home & Cemetery News, Feb 2018)

Transforming Death Care Education & Gala (Funeral Home & Cemetery News, Feb 2018)

Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Hall of Fame Inductees (CFSA Newsletter, January 2018)


CCMS to Honor Alumnus Ken Cahall, 2017-18 NFDA President; Appoints Stephen Bittner to Board of Trustees (The Director, November 2017)

Standout Women Reflect: What Funeral Service Means to Me (The Director, October 2017). Features CCMS alumna Denise Melvin Hammelrath.

CCMS student Mika Ziv is featured as a 2017 "Ones to Watch" in American Funeral Director. (September 2017)

Watch CCMS president and students share the reality of this rewarding profession and what it’s like to learn from the nation’s leading funeral service educator! Watch it here. (WCPO – 9 On Your Side, June 2017)

President Jack E. Lechner wrote an article for the Funeral Business Advisor Titled: What Does “If You See Something Say Something" Have to Do With Ethics and Integrity”. (Funeral Business Advisor, May 2017)

President Jack E. Lechner, Jr. gave a commencement address at Mercer County Community College (May 2017).  

Jack attended there and graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in 1975 and in 1976 earned a Certificate of Proficiency in Mortuary Science. He was asked to represent the Business and STEM department at the 50th Annual Commencement Exercise by being one of the three speakers at the commencement. One of the unique aspects of this commencement address was that Jack was asked to speak at a competing Funeral Service Program, demonstrating the unique bonding aspects of funeral service.


CCMS Welcomes President Jack E. Lechner, Jr. (CCMS Press Release, Jan 22, 2016)

CCMS on “Cincinnati Edition” (WVXU, February 4, 2016)

Lechner Discusses New Role as CCMS President (Memorial Business Journal, Feb 11, 2016)

Lechner Named CCMS President (American Funeral Director, March 2016)

From Funeral Service to the Army to the Pentagon and Back Again (The Director, April 2016)

Back at his Alma Mater (American Funeral Director, May 2016)

Funeral Director Artist Spotlight: Miranda Benge Robinson (Answering Service for Directors, June 2016)

Students Succeed in Community Service Beyond the Profession (CCMS Press Release, Jan 17, 2017)