UC Celebrates Fall Graduates

The University of Cincinnati will confer 2,343 degrees to 2,265 students during its fall Commencement ceremonies Dec. 9-10.  

All ceremonies will be held in Fifth Third Arena and are expected to each last about two to three hours. Doors open 90 minutes prior to the ceremonies. Immediately following each ceremony, the Commencement Office and the UC Alumni Association host a reception for all graduates and guests at the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center. 

Doctoral Hooding and Master’s Recognition Ceremony

10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Graduates check in at the Armory Fieldhouse. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and check-in closes promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

Commencement Ceremony (undergrads only)

9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Graduates check in at the Armory Fieldhouse. Doors open at 8 a.m. and check-in closes promptly at 9 a.m. 


The December 2016 graduating class of 2,265 students hails from 48 states and 49 countries. Master’s degrees will be awarded to 945 of the graduates and 91 students will earn doctorate degrees. 

Fourteen percent of the graduates — 316 students — are first-generation college students. Women comprise nearly 57 percent of the class. The average age of all graduates is 28, with students ranging from 19 to 77 years old. 

Numbers of those receiving Latin honors: summa cum laude (grade point average between 3.9 and a perfect 4.0) 343; magna cum laude (GPA between 3.75 and 3.8999) 377; cum laude (GPA between 3.6 and 3.74999) 284. 


  • Each graduating student will be able to invite up to six guests. No tickets will be needed to attend the ceremony. Seating is general admission; first come, first seated.

  • The Family Friendly Zone in the Russell C. Myers Alumni Center is an alternative location to view Commencement via simulcast. It is intended especially for individuals with limited mobility, small children or special needs, but is available to everyone.

  • A map of campus with details about the ceremonies, parking, dining and more is available online.



UC will bestow two honorary doctorates, its highest award, during the December commencement ceremonies.

James E. Schwab, a longtime member of the UC Foundation Board of Trustees and the former president and chief executive officer of Greater Cincinnati nonprofit Interact for Health, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science.  

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be presented an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. 


Further information is available on the Commencement website.


Three decades and one course later, successful documentarian Pam Thomas finishes the degree she thought she earned in 1982.

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