Pinto recognized UC College of Medicine graduate Courtney Giannini, a recipient of the UC Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence. The award is given to graduate students who exemplify scholarship, leadership, character and service.
Giannini received a doctorate in epidemiology on Saturday.
UC's graduating class celebrated the opening of UC’s 1819 Innovation Hub, the university’s front door to business opportunities and a startup engine for students, faculty and staff. They witnessed the $87 million renovation of the Fifth Third Arena, funded by private donations. They cheered Major League Soccer team FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium. And some of them no doubt stayed in the new Marian Spencer Residence Hall.
As alumni, they know UC will continue to make them proud with the opening this year of the new $120 million Lindner College of Business and the new $61 million Health Sciences Building in UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences.
In his address to graduates, UC Board of Trustees member William Portman III recognized the late Marian Spencer, a UC alumna, former Cincinnati city councilwoman and a civil rights icon who successfully led the effort to end racial discrimination at Coney Island in the 1950s and to desegregate Cincinnati Public Schools.
UC and the Greater Cincinnati community paid tribute to Spencer at a memorial service Saturday at Fifth Third Arena.
"Mrs. Spencer was a woman who lived her entire life as a passionate change-agent," Portman said, urging graduates to follow her esteemed example.
UC last year dedicated a new residence hall in her name: Marian Spencer Hall. Spencer was the honored recipient of UC’s William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement in 2018.