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May 10, 2012

About 2,000 University of Dayton students — the most ever in any one semester — received degrees when they crossed the stage in three separate ceremonies.


Approximately 1,460 students received undergraduate degrees on May 6. More than 350 students received graduate degrees May 5, following a commencement ceremony for nearly 180 law school graduates. Each ceremony was held in University of Dayton Arena and available live online. Combined with degrees granted earlier this academic year in August and December, about 2,900 Flyers earned degrees, a record for one academic year.


Faculty, students, families, and friends will gather at the College of Mount St. Joseph for commencement ceremonies on May 12, in the Jean Patrice Harrington, SC, Student Center. Sister of Charity Caroljean Willie, who serves as NGO representative at the United Nations for the Sisters of Charity, will address the adult and graduate students during the morning ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. Bob Castellini, president and CEO of the Cincinnati Reds, will address the traditional students at the afternoon ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m.


Commencement Weekend begins at the Mount on the evening of May 11, with the Baccalaureate Mass in the Mater Dei Chapel at 6 p.m. for all graduates and their families.


Xavier University’s 174th commencement ceremonies will be May 12 at the University’s Cintas Center. Separate ceremonies are held for undergraduate and graduate degree recipients to comfortably accommodate the graduates and their families. The undergraduate class will receive diplomas beginning  at 9:00 a.m. Graduate degrees will be awarded at 3:00 p.m. A Baccalaureate Mass will be May 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in downtown Cincinnati. Xavier will confer 868 undergraduate diplomas and 966 graduate diplomas.


Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, president of the American Bar Association, will be the undergraduate commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree. Xavier’s graduate commencement speaker will be David Hellkamp, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Xavier. He and his wife, retired Xavier administrator Susan Wideman, will both receive the Paul O’Connor Leadership Award at the undergraduate ceremony.


For the first time, Xavier will live stream both the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies so that relatives who cannot come to Cincinnati can watch.  Go to http://www.xavier.edu/commencement.


Chatfield College’s 41st graduation ceremony will be held May 12 at 10 a.m. in the chapel at DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati. Honorary doctorates will be given to renowned wildlife artist John Ruthven and Judy Ruthven (posthumously) and John Ruthven will give the commencement address. Fifty-one students will receive associate degrees during the ceremony.

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