Saturday, April 20, 2002

Graduation looms at colleges

Speakers are from business, academic fields

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Let the ceremonies begin. Commencement ceremonies, that is.

        As college students cram for final exams and race to finish those last projects, the season to salute success is just around the corner.

        Tristate graduation ceremonies will kick off May 5.

        • Miami University will host ABC News anchor Charles Gibson as speaker at the 10 a.m ceremony at Yager Stadium. Mr. Gibson is co-anchor of ABC News PrimeTime Thursday and Good Morning America. No tickets are needed and the ceremony is open to the public.

        • University of Dayton will hold its commencement service at 10 a.m. at the University of Dayton Arena. There is no special speaker, but this will be the last commencement ceremony for Raymond L. Fitz, S.M., as president of the institution. No tickets are needed and the ceremony is open to the public.

        • Northern Kentucky University's ceremony is at 10 a.m. May 11 at the Firstar Center. Tickets are not needed for the event. The guest speaker will be Paul W. Chellgren, who was named president of Ashland Inc. and chief operating officer in 1992. He was elected chairman of the board in January 1997 and will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree.

        • College of Mount St. Joseph will honor students at two ceremonies May 11. A 10 a.m. event is for adult and graduate students, and the other at 3 p.m. for traditional students. Both are at Harrington Center. John Williams, former Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce president, will speak at the first ceremony; Bob Wehling, retired global marketing and government relations officer with Procter & Gamble, will speak at the afternoon session.

        • Thomas More College will hold its commencement at 1:30 p.m. May 11 on Holbrook Student Center Lawn on campus. The speaker will be Judith A. Marlowe, a Thomas More and University of Cincinnati graduate. For 30 years, she has introduced and directed hearing assessment programs. Seating is festival style, with tickets required if the ceremony is moved indoors to Connor Convocation Center because of inclement weather.

        • Xavier University will hold two ceremonies for the first time ever. Undergraduates will hear former University of Cincinnati president Henry R. Winkler, who served as UC president from 1977 to 1984, in a ceremony that begins at 9 a.m. May 18. The graduate student commencement will be at 2 p.m. the same day. Scott Simon, host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday, will speak. Mr. Simon is NPR's Peabody Award-winning correspondent who has covered civil wars in Bosnia and El Salvador as well as the war in Afghanistan. Both ceremonies will be in the Cintas Center arena. Tickets are not required.

        • University of Cincinnati will hold its ceremony at 1:30 p.m. June 7 at Shoemaker Center. There is no speaker scheduled. It is undecided whether tickets will be required. .

        • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will hold its annual ceremony at 7 p.m. June 20 in Parking Lot C under a tent. No speaker is scheduled. Tickets are distributed upon request to graduates because capacity is 3,000.


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