BGSU to hold commencement Friday, Saturday
BOWLING GREEN, O.—Nearly a thousand students will begin 2015 as graduates of Bowling Green State University. During BGSU’s 281st commencement exercises in the Stroh Center, at 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 19) and 10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 20), 965 diplomas will be awarded, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Among the undergraduates, 125 will don the gold cord signifying they are graduating with academic honors.
BGSU students come from all around the world. The graduating class includes 60 international students representing 26 countries. There is also great diversity in overall age, with degree candidates ranging from 19 to 66.
The Friday ceremony will include the Graduate College and the colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, Musical Arts, and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering as well as graduates of BGSU Firelands.
Addressing the graduates will be BGSU alumna Jennifer Higdon ’86, who received a bachelor’s degree from the College of Musical Arts in flute performance and went on to become a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer and one of America’s most-performed living composers.
The Saturday event will include the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education and Human Development.
Saturday graduates will hear from TV executive Eileen O’Neill ’90, group president of Discovery Studios. O’Neill earned a master’s degree in popular culture from BGSU and, following a student internship with Discovery Communications, was hired by the company, where she developed such hit shows as “19 Kids and Counting” and launched spinoff networks Planet Green and Discovery Health.