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Higher Enrollment + Higher Retention = More UC Graduates


UC’s Aug. 10 Commencement exercises are driven, in part, by sheer numbers. More students are attending UC, and retention is rising. So, this end-of-summer ceremony joins the traditional springtime Commencement as well as the December ceremony at the end of fall term.

Date: 8/5/2013 10:15:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824

UC ingot   At the University of Cincinnati, enrollment has increased more than 27 percent between 2002 and 2012.

And first- to-second-year retention rates have increased from 77 percent to 86 percent over the last 10 years, with graduation rates increased nearly 15 percent in that time. 

The rising rates plus rising enrollment mean more graduates. Commencement ceremonies in spring are at capacity. So, this year, UC is reinstituting an end-of-summer ceremony. The last time UC held August Commencement ceremonies was in 1979. 

UC’s rising enrollment:

2012 – 41,970
2011 – 42,421
2010 –41,367
2009 – 39,667
2008 – 37,072
2007 – 36,518
2006 – 35,527
2005 – 35,244
2004 – 34,364
2003 – 33,823
2002 – 32,975


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