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All Smiles as All Degree Levels Conferred at UC Summer Commencement

All degree levels – associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral – were bestowed at the same ceremony at Summer Commencement for the first time since 1979. Read profiles on some of the summer graduates.

Date: 8/9/2014 12:37:00 PM
By: Tom Robinette
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Photos By: Dottie Stover
Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree recipients shared the glory together at the University of Cincinnati's Summer Commencement ceremony for the first time in 35 years.
Graduates at UC

The class of August 2014, which earned more than 2,000 degrees, was celebrated at the Aug. 9 ceremony at Fifth Third Arena. It was the first Summer Commencement since 1979 to include associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral graduates accepting their degrees at the same ceremony.

In UC President Santa J. Ono’s remarks, he suggested that these students were graduating with an education of the mind and of the heart. He asked them to search within themselves for the courage to take action against injustice. And he implored the entire audience to choose to be instruments for goodness in the world.

As many of these graduates step off campus and into their careers, their new UC degree will likely be a big help. Data collected by UC’s Career Development Center in its spring 2013 Destination Report for bachelor’s degree students graduating at that time showed that UC graduates transition well into the workforce.
  • UC bachelor's degree graduates’ had average starting salary was $45,511.
  • 79 percent accepted a position related to their field of study.
  • 62 percent participated in a co-op or internship before graduating.
  • 75 percent who participated in a co-op or internship have full-time jobs after graduating.
  • 80 Fortune 500 companies hired UC graduates.
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Take a statistical look at UC’s class of August 2014 online.


Read in-depth about some of this year's graduates:

UC Blue Ash Nursing Student Earns Degree to Honor her Late Husband

Nursing Grad Had 'Amazing Journey' Not Without Struggle

CAHS Grad Completes Degree Wish ... After a 30-Year Gap

Doctorate Opens New Vistas for Educator-Researcher