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UC Commencement Message: Make a Difference

View video and a slideshow of celebrations surrounding the University of Cincinnati’s December graduates.

Date: 12/11/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Dottie Stover and Ashley Kempher

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As forecasts of a weekend winter blast loomed ahead for Cincinnati, Mother Nature awarded UC’s graduates and their guests with a cloudy but mild day for Commencement on Dec. 11.

View a Slideshow of UC's 2010 December Commencement

“Graduates, you have stayed the course, working hard and diligently to reach this day,” said UC President Gregory H. Williams as he greeted the graduates. “Please stand and allow us to give you a round of applause!”

The number of students who applied for graduation this December was up just over 200 from the same period last year, with 2,409 students achieving a total of 2,456 degrees. That number included 1,063 degrees awarded to students seeking careers in the science, technology, engineering and math and medical (STEMM) fields, a statewide focus aimed at strengthening Ohio’s workforce.

UC President Gregory H. Williams
UC President Gregory H. Williams

“But no matter what your degree and no matter what your field of study, I hope that one truth you have learned in your time here at the University of Cincinnati is that your education is not a mere commodity,” President Williams told the graduates. “It is now a part of who you are. And it brings with it great responsibility – the duty to use your knowledge for the greater good, the duty to continue to learn throughout your life, and the duty to foster respect and understanding.”
Commencement Speaker Bob McDonald
Commencement Speaker Bob McDonald

Make a difference – it was a message emphasized by Commencement Speaker Bob McDonald, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Procter & Gamble Company. McDonald told the graduates that more than any previous generation, they have been tested and shaped by unrelenting change, and that they’re entering an age in which institutions and ideas – relied upon for generations – have now either failed or have been substantially altered.

“The opportunities that you’ll create and seize may not yet be evident. They may not yet exist. But you will change the world for the better,” McDonald said.

He also encouraged the graduates to hold true to their Alma Mater. “The university, and the community it fosters, will help you make a difference in the world, not only by what you’ve learned here, but also through the relationships you’ve established.”


As each graduate was called to the Commencement staging area, the graduates were personally congratulated by President Williams and their college dean.

Celebrations continued after the ceremony with a reception at the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center that was hosted by the UC Alumni Association.

UC’s June Commencement exercises will be held on June 11, 2011.

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Commencement Address