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University of Cincinnati Celebrates Commencement on Dec. 12

Thousands of people are expected as graduates and guests come together in Fifth Third Arena to celebrate the success of summer and fall graduates.

Date: 12/7/2009 7:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Photos By: Katie Hageman

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati will hold Commencement exercises for summer and fall graduates at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, in Fifth Third Arena. The processional, which includes graduates, faculty and administrators in full academic regalia, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Doors to Fifth Third Arena open at 8:30 a.m.

Counting graduates and guests, attendance at the ceremony is expected to number above 4,000. The Commencement address will be delivered by UC alumna Faith Prince, the Tony award-winning actress whose career spans stage, film and television. Prince will receive an Honorary Doctor of Performing Arts.

Over the summer and fall, UC’s Office of Institutional Research reports that 2,204 UC students applied for graduation as they completed their requirements toward 2,257 degrees (some students earn more than one degree), including

  • 265 associate degrees
  • 1,002 baccalaureate degrees
  • 829 master’s degrees
  • 161 doctoral or professional (law: 3 and medicine: 7) degrees

Click here for a statistical look at the graduating class

Summer and fall doctoral graduates will be invited to the Doctoral Hooding and Master’s Recognition Ceremony scheduled for June 11, 2010.

At December Commencement, the university will also present honorary doctorates to

Phillip R. Cox, president and chief executive officer of Cox Financial Corp., who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Richard E. Thornburgh, partner and vice chairman of the private equity firm, Corsair Capital LLC, also a UC alumnus, who will receive an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science.

UC will present the Award for Excellence to

Nancy Russell Hamant, associate professor emerita and alumna of the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH). Before retiring in 2007, Hamant spent 43 years preparing UC students for future teaching careers and as coordinator of Professional Practice, placed thousands of students in teaching positions. Her financial contributions to the university and student scholarships have paid back – over and over again – her own scholarship that she was awarded as a UC undergraduate in the 1950s.

Four educators from around the Tristate will receive the Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Award. Each of the recipients will be presented with a $1,000 UC scholarship to be awarded to a high school senior who plans to attend UC in the 2010-2011 academic year. The educators were nominated by soon-to-graduate UC students who wanted to recognize a K-12 educator who had a lasting impact on their pursuit of a college degree.

Read about the recipients of the Cincinnati USA Outstanding Educator Award.

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

UCVision Webcast

Flash Webcast

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

UC Commencement Web Site

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