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University of Cincinnati To Award More Than 5,630 Degrees

All-University Commencement will be held June 8-9, with the largest number of graduates in more than 35 years. Discover more about the Class of 2012.

Date: 6/4/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Other Contact: Commencement Information
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Photos By: Dottie Stover and Lisa Ventre

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati will celebrate All-University Commencement on June 8-9 in three ceremonies, with each ceremony including doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree candidates. All ceremonies will be held in Fifth Third Arena and will be led by UC President Gregory H. Williams.

2 p.m., Friday, June 8
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH);
College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS); UC Blue Ash College

9 a.m., Saturday, June 9
Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

College of Allied Health Sciences; Carl H. Lindner College of Business; College-Conservatory of Music; College of Medicine; College of Nursing

2 p.m., Saturday, June 9
Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP); James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy; McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S); UC Clermont College

The addition of a third ceremony for undergraduates opens space for UC’s larger number of undergraduates earning degrees this spring – growth as a result of recruiting larger classes of freshmen and progress on increasing graduation rates. Ticket information is available from the Commencement website.

Parking is free in all West Campus garages on June 8 and on June 9.

UC’s Office of Institutional Research reports that 5,521 students applied for graduation, up 14 percent (and up 678 students) from last spring. The graduates are earning:

724 associate degrees
3,048 baccalaureate degrees
1,322 master’s degrees
256 doctoral degrees
286 professional degrees
Total degrees: 5,636

President Williams

Out of the total number of degrees, 2,568 are from fields in the science, technology, engineering, math and medical (STEMM) areas. The number of students who took at least one distance-learning course was 3,175. The Class of 2012 includes 220 graduates from Cincinnati Public Schools.

Click here for a statistical look at the Class of 2012

Alan Hagerty, 2011-12 Student Body President, will deliver the university oration for the June 8 ceremony. The Centerville, Ohio, native is graduating through the UC ACCEND Program with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering as well as his MBA from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Sarah Stenger, of Cleves (Cincinnati), will deliver the university oration for the Saturday morning ceremony. Stenger is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Nick Hunter, of Colerain Township, will deliver the university oration for the Saturday afternoon ceremony. Hunter is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication and a minor in German studies.

Four UC graduates will be recognized with the UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence for exemplary academics, leadership, character and service. They are Kaitlin Dauner, Naomi Fitter, Thomas Meyer and David Watkins.

Click here for briefs and features on individual graduates.

Nationally, job prospects for the Class of 2012 are looking better than for the previous year’s graduates. A survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) indicates that employers plan to hire 10.2 percent more new college graduates than they did in 2011.

Journalist, radio/TV personality, activist and humanitarian Nick Clooney will address graduates at all ceremonies. Clooney will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the 9 a.m. ceremony on June 9.

The university will also present honorary degrees to:

Thane Maynard,
executive director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Maynard will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science during the 2 p.m. ceremony, on Saturday, June 9.

Robert L. Woodson, Sr., founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. Woodson will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the 9 a.m. ceremony, on Saturday, June 9.

The University of Cincinnati Award for Excellence will be presented to:

Dianne Dunkelman, founder and CEO of the national Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation and founder of the Clever Crazes for Kids health outreach program, will be honored during the 2 p.m. ceremony, on Saturday, June 9.

Andrew Filak Jr., MD, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and vice president for medical education for UC Health and associate chief of staff at UC Health University Hospital, will be honored during the 9 a.m. ceremony, on Saturday, June 9.

Each ceremony will be followed by a reception for graduates and guests at the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center, hosted by the UC Alumni Association.

All ceremonies will be webcast by UC’s Presentation Technologies & Services Group, marking the 14th year that UC’s Commencement can be viewed via the Internet.

Watch the Ceremonies Online
The webcasts will begin 30 minutes before each event.

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More Commencement information for graduates and guests