Summer graduation set for Saturday

The University will award degrees to about 1,300 students during its 256th commencement exercises Saturday (Aug. 5).

Summer graduation will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn in front of University Hall. President Sidney Ribeau will preside. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Anderson Arena in Memorial Hall.

Addressing the graduates will be Valerie L. Newell, a leading Ohio businesswoman and a former BGSU student-athlete and trustee. (See related story.)

In addition, the University will present an honorary doctor of fine arts degree to Mary T. Wolfe, a longtime supporter of the arts and education in northwest Ohio. (See related story.)

The summer graduating class includes 670 students who will receive graduate degrees. They include 45 Ph.D. candidates, 611 master’s degree candidates, five candidates for the doctor of education degree and nine candidates for the specialist degree in education.

Of the roughly 640 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 68 are expected to graduate with honors. Six students are expected to graduate summa cum laude, for maintaining a grade point average between 3.9 and 4.0. Sixteen degree candidates are expected to graduate magna cum laude, for maintaining grade averages in the 3.76-3.9 range, and 46 candidates are eligible for cum laude recognition, for averages in the 3.5-3.75 range. In addition, two students receiving associate degrees will graduate with highest distinction and another five, with distinction.

The graduating students represent 68 Ohio counties, 33 states and 20 nations.

July 31, 2006