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The University of Cincinnati has had a year to remember in research, academic accomplishment and athletic achievement and will cap off 2018 with the fall commencement at the newly renovated Fifth Third Arena.
Commencement will recognize summer and fall graduates starting with the doctoral hooding and master’s recognition ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. at Fifth Third Arena on UC’s Uptown Campus.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, undergraduates will collect their diplomas in a ceremony that begins at 9:30 a.m. at Fifth Third Arena. Doors open an hour before each ceremony.
UC previously celebrated commencement at its gracious host, Northern Kentucky University, while Fifth Third Arena received its $87 million makeover.
Graduates are welcome to invite up to eight guests. No tickets are needed but seating is general admission so the best seats go early.
UC also will bestow honorary degrees to two recipients.
Ann Moore, a UC College of Nursing graduate (class of 1956), volunteered in the Peace Corps and taught pediatric nursing at Columbia University’s Babies Hospital.
But she is best known for her inventions, particularly a baby carrier she developed called the Snugli.
The Snugli allows parents to hold their children close in a harness in front of them, freeing up their hands for other tasks. Later, she made a new baby carrier she called the Weego, which comes in versions designed for twins or tiny premature babies. The Wall Street Journal called Moore one of the world’s most influential inventors.
For her contribution to American culture and service to the world, UC is bestowing an honorary doctor of medical science.
UC alumnus Marvin Kolodzik spent 43 years in industry in accounting, finance and management in leadership roles with Emerson Electric Co., including two years in Hong Kong as chief financial director.
He returned to Cincinnati in 1991 to serve as president of Emerson Power Transmission in Maysville, Ky. Previously, he worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young, where he worked with clients as diverse as American Financial Group and the Cincinnati Reds
In 2008, Kolodzik created the Kolodzik Business Scholars program at UC’s Lindner College of Business. The program gives scholarships, internships and a chance to study abroad to students who demonstrate leadership. He also volunteered with the boards of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Meadowview Hospital. He is a member of UCATS and has supported UC’s football and women’s volleyball programs.
For his notable professional accomplishments, care of the community and student-centered guidance and support, UC is bestowing an honorary doctor of commercial science.
Commencement caps off a big year for UC.
Featured image at top: A proud UC graduate shows off her diploma to supporters in April at Nippert Stadium. Photo/Andrew Higley/UC Creative Services