John Gawaluck, Beth Macy, Paula Whetsel-Ribeau, Justin Harris
BGSU TO HONOR ACHIEVEMENT AT COMMENCEMENT MAY 4, 5
Degree candidates at Bowling Green State University’s commencement ceremonies Friday (May 4) and Saturday (May 5) will hear from alumni who have gone on to distinguished careers in business, writing and academia.
The Bowling Green campus will host three ceremonies, all in the Stroh Center. The 7 p.m. Friday event will comprise the Graduate College and the colleges of Business and Health and Human Services. Giving the commencement address will be John Gawaluck, who received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from BGSU in 1973. He recently retired from EY, formerly Ernst & Young, after 41 years. He is now a consultant/instructor for EY’s manager-level technical accounting/auditing courses and is an adjunct graduate school accounting professor at Middle Tennessee State University.
The 9 a.m. Saturday commencement for the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Musical Arts will feature an address by Beth Macy, who earned a Bachelor of Science in journalism in 1986. She is the author of the Lukas Prize-winning “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town.” In 2016, she published “Truevine: A Strange and Troubling Tale of Two Brothers in Jim Crow America.”
The colleges of Education and Human Development and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering will hold commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau, who earned a Bachelor of Science from BGSU in 1981 and a doctorate in education from BGSU in 2007, will give the commencement address. She is the associate provost for student engagement and success at Mount St. Mary’s University.