More than 1,000 to graduate at BGSU Dec. 15 and 16

Two women who have maintained 4.0 grade point averages throughout their college careers will be among roughly 1,060 students receiving degrees from the University Friday and Saturday (Dec. 15 and 16).

Dawn Franklin of Monroeville and Anastassia Young of Walbridge, candidates for bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice and technology, respectively, will graduate with Presidential Honors in recognition of their achievement. They will be part of commencement for the Graduate College and the colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, Musical Arts, and Technology, set for 7 p.m. Friday in Anderson Arena.

BGSU’s 257th commencement exercises will continue at 10 a.m. Saturday, also in Anderson Arena, with students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Development.

Addressing the graduates will be Dr. Patricia Kubow, educational foundations and inquiry, on Friday, and Dr. Brett Holden, the 2005 winner of the University’s Master Teacher Award.

The White House recognized Kubow in 2002 for her international work in the area of democratic education. In 2003, she received an Outstanding Citizen Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Olscamp Research Award from BGSU. She is also one of the creators of Bowling Green’s new master of arts degree program in cross-cultural and international education.

Holden is a faculty member in the nationally recognized Chapman community, which he helped to found in 1997. He is also associate curator of the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Film Theater and Gallery. He teaches English literature, writing, American culture studies and film, and is a faculty mentor and member of the faculty advisory committee for the BGeXperience.

The fall graduating class includes more than 60 students who will receive associate degrees and 198 students who will receive graduate degrees. The graduate students include 26 Ph.D. candidates, 170 master’s degree candidates and two candidates for the doctor of education degree.

Of the roughly 800 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 148 are expected to graduate with honors. Sixteen students are expected to graduate summa cum laude, for maintaining a grade point average between 3.9 and 4.0. Thirty-eight degree candidates are expected to graduate magna cum laude, for maintaining grade averages in the 3.76-3.9 range, and 86 candidates are eligible for cum laude recognition, for averages in the 3.5-3.75 range. In addition, eight students receiving associate degrees will graduate with distinction.

The graduating students represent 63 Ohio counties, 33 states and 18 nations.

December 11, 2006