BGSU celebrates 2010 commencement

BOWLING GREEN, O.—One hundred years ago, plans for a teaching college in northwest Ohio were set into motion. On Friday and Saturday (May 7 and 8), Bowling Green State University will mark its 267th graduation. A total of 2,288 diplomas will be awarded, including 360 degrees granted through the Graduate College.

Speaking will be 2010 Master Teacher Heath Diehl, graduating senior Ochuko Evwaraye of Dayton, state Rep. Randy Gardner, graduating senior Jamie Hoke of Bowling Green, Traci Holland, a wife, mother and graduating senior from Perrysburg, and Timothy Smith, special assistant to BGSU President Carol Cartwright.

Four separate graduation ceremonies are planned on Bowling Green's main campus inside Anderson Arena. The ceremony at BGSU’s Firelands campus will take place in the Cedar Point Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Diehl, who came to BGSU in 1995 as a doctoral student in the Department of English, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Saturday during the College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremonies. As a faculty member, Diehl regularly teaches courses in academic writing and has been involved in the Common Reading Experience and the BG Experience program.

Evwaraye, an architecture and environmental design senior, will speak to graduates in the College of Technology at 1 p.m. on Saturday. A member of the American Institute of Architecture Students, he served an internship with the BGSU Athletic Department, where he designed the new layout for the men’s locker room and supervised all construction throughout the project.

Graduating seniors in the colleges of Education and Human Development and Musical Arts will hear from Gardner during their ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The state representative is in his 25th year of serving Wood County and northwest Ohio in the Ohio General Assembly. He received both his Bachelor of Science degree in education and master’s degree in political science from BGSU.

Hoke, a business administration degree candidate, will speak to the graduates of the College of Business Administration at 1 p.m. Saturday. Along with being involved in several campus and community groups, Hoke was one of seven students to be awarded the R. Gene Richter Foundation Scholarship presented annually to the top students in the field of supply chain management.

Holland, a gerontology degree candidate, will speak at the College of Health and Human Services ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday. She has volunteered and completed service-learning projects at various nursing homes and assisted living facilities. After graduation, she plans to pursue her passion for working with older adults.

Graduate students will hear from alumnus Timothy Smith during the Graduate College commencement at 7 p.m. Friday. In 2009, Smith was named special assistant to President Cartwright and charged with developing relationships—both internally and externally—that will benefit BGSU, the region and the state with overall economic enhancement.

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(Posted May 03, 2010 )