Monday, May 07, 2001

Mission accomplished for Miami U. grads

A rite of spring is under way across the Tristate

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        OXFORD — They wore rented mortarboards and academic gowns, strode forward proudly when their names were called, listened to a wealthy alumnus give the commencement address and went out into the world to watch for their printed diplomas in the mail. Miami University's two ceremonies Sunday opened graduation season in the Tristate and honored the achievements of 3,246 students.

        The 162nd spring commencement was divided into two events in Millett Hall.

        At 9:30 a.m., 1,866 students from the School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Business Administration and School of Education and Allied Professions graduated.

        At 2 p.m., 1,380 students from the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the School of Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Science received degrees.

        Alumnus Theodore C. Rogers of New York
City, class of 1956, spoke to both ceremonies.

        The active supporter of Miami is chief executive officer of Bucyrus International and Consoltex, chairman of the board of the Theatre for a New Audience and former chairman of the New York City Ballet.

        Mr. Rogers received an honorary degree at the afternoon ceremony.

        The two commencements Sunday included 18 doctorates, 228 master's, 2,837 bachelor's, three specialists in education and 160 associate's degrees.

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