BGSU to award diplomas to 2,250 students

About 2,250 students, including more than 300 graduate students, will receive degrees from BGSU during commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday (May 8 and 9) in Anderson Arena in Memorial Hall.

The graduating class represents 71 of Ohio’s 88 counties, 38 states and 25 nations.

Ceremonies for students in the Graduate College will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. The students include 285 candidates for master’s degrees, 28 candidates for doctoral degrees and one candidate for a specialist degree. The speaker will be Dr. Joan Kaderavek, a speech-language pathologist and professor of early childhood education at the University of Toledo who earned her Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from BGSU in 1993.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences will graduate at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when the speaker will be Dr. Logan Stone. A 1967 BGSU biology graduate, Stone retired in 1999 as a principal scientist at Procter & Gamble Co., where he had worldwide human safety responsibility for the company’s food and beverage products.

Addressing graduates in the colleges of Musical Arts and Education and Human Development at 1 p.m. Saturday will be Dr. Mark Clague, a music faculty member at the University of Michigan and former professional bassoonist in Chicago.

Three bachelor’s degree candidates will speak at Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. ceremonies for the colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, and Technology. They are Amanda Braddock of Bellevue, who will receive a business administration degree; Chelsea Scholl of Bowling Green, social work, and Whitney Taylor of Wooster, visual communication technology.

On the undergraduate level, 134 bachelor’s degree candidates are expected to graduate summa cum laude for maintaining a grade point average between 3.9 and 4.0. Fifty of those students have perfect 4.0 averages and will receive Presidential Honors.

Magna cum laude honors will go to 145 students for maintaining grade averages in the 3.76-3.9 range, and 266 students will receive cum laude recognition, for averages in the 3.5-3.75 range. In addition, eight BGSU Firelands students receiving associate degrees will graduate with distinction, in recognition of their academic achievements.

May 4, 2009