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University of Cincinnati Celebrates 190th Commencement


As graduates get set to enter one of the most challenging job markets in recent history, they’ll hear from a UC alumnus and leader of one of the world’s largest packaged consumer goods companies.

Date: 6/8/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Andrew Higley

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati celebrates its 190th Commencement with two ceremonies on Saturday, June 13, and the Doctoral Hooding and Master’s Recognition Ceremony on June 12. All ceremonies will be led by Interim UC President Monica Rimai.
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UC Commencement Morning Ceremony
Processional begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 13
Doors open at 8 a.m.
Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center
College of Allied Health Sciences; College of Business, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM); College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH); College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP); College of Nursing

UC Commencement Afternoon Ceremony
Processional begins at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 13
Doors open at 1 p.m.
Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center

College of Applied Science; Clermont College; College of Engineering; McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S); Raymond Walters College; School of Social Work

Counting graduates and guests, 8,000 people are expected to fill the Shoemaker Center for each ceremony.

The Doctoral Hooding and Master’s Recognition Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, June 12, in Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets are not required for the events and parking is free in all UC West Campus garages on June 12 and on June 13. The hooding ceremony is expected to draw a crowd of approximately 4,750 people, counting graduates and guests.

UC’s Office of Institutional Research reports 4,430 students applied for graduation, achieving 4,515 degrees (some graduates earn more than one degree), including

  • 522 associate degrees
  • 2,511 baccalaureate degrees
  • 1,006 master degrees
  • 476 doctoral or professional degrees

Click here for a statistical look at the Class of 2009

Ryan Rosensweig of Clifton, a Walnut Hills High School graduate, Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS scholar and University Honors student who’s earning his bachelor’s degree in marketing, sustainable urban engineering and design intelligence from the UC College of Business, will deliver the university oration for the morning ceremony. Rosensweig is also one of three graduates to receive UC’s Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence.

The university oration for the afternoon ceremony will be delivered by Johnathan F. Moor of Canton, Ohio, a Canton Central Catholic High School graduate and University Honors student who is earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (concentrated in environmental engineering) from the UC College of Engineering. Moor will begin graduate studies in Environmental Economics and Policy at Duke University in the fall.

Click here for feature stories on individual graduates.

It’s no secret that the 2009 graduates are entering one of the most challenging job markets amid the volatile economy. A national survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that nearly two-thirds of the more than 35,000 students surveyed who were graduating in 2009 were concerned about finding a job, but were also confident that they’d land a job within three months of graduating,

The same survey also found that graduates who used their campus career centers fared better in the job market. UC’s Career Development Center will be holding a free, Job Search Boot Camp from 1-6 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, in the Career Development Center, located in University Pavilion, Room 140.

UC College of Business and A&S alumnus Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, will address graduates at the June 13 Commencement Ceremonies. Polman will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of commercial science during the 9 a.m. ceremony.

The university will also present honorary doctoral degrees to

Otto M. Budig, Jr., philanthropist and president and owner of Budco Group, Inc. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Joseph A. Pichler, retired Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Kroger Co. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Jeffrey P. Williams, president of Jeffrey Williams & Co. and trustee and chairman of the University of Cincinnati Foundation. He will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science during the 9 a.m. ceremony.

Yvonne Robertson, who has spent more than 30 years serving as a community volunteer in Greater Cincinnati, will be honored with the University of Cincinnati Award for Excellence during the 9 a.m. ceremony.

After each ceremony, the UC Alumni Association will host a reception at the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center for graduates and guests.

All ceremonies will be Webcast by UC’s Presentation Technologies & Services Group, marking the 11th year that Commencement can be viewed via the Internet.

June 12 Webcast of Doctoral and Master’s Recognition Ceremony

June 13 Webcast of the 9 a.m. Commencement Ceremony

June 13 Webcast of the 2 p.m. Commencement Ceremony

Webcasts of Ceremonies in Flash

Webcasts will begin 30 minutes before the events.

Click here to view more Commencement information for grads and guests.