BGSU to hold commencement August 17

Bowling Green State University will hold its 295th commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Aug. 17 on the lawn in the historic center of campus, recently named the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle in honor of the University’s most generous donors.

Giving the commencement address will be Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards, a past administrator at BGSU and honorary alumnus of the former School of Journalism. Edwards became mayor of Bowling Green on January 1, 2012, after a career in higher education and public service. He was re-elected to a four-year term in 2015. As mayor, Edwards has focused on BGSU and city relations and joined with the University’s administration in establishing Not In Our Town, a community-wide effort against all practices of hate. During his tenure, he has concentrated on building community collaborations.

In 2012, Edwards joined with then-BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey in initiating a community visioning process that led to the updating of the city’s 1987 Land Use Plan. He has also worked with BGSU on strengthening neighborhood relations and enhancing the East Wooster Street corridor.

He will address degree candidates and their families representing 22 countries from around the world in addition to the United States.

Of the degree candidates, 503 will receive bachelor’s degrees. Among them will be 108 students who are graduating with honors. Another 70 students will receive associate degrees.

The Graduate College will present 313 master’s degrees, 43 doctoral degrees, two specialization degrees and 104 certificates for specific programs.

Summer 2019 Commencement
9 a.m.
Saturday, August 17th  
Outside on the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle at University Hall

Richard A. Edwards

Edwards was inducted in the Buckeye Boys State Hall of Fame in 1979. In 1982, he was inducted into the BGSU School of Journalism Hall of Fame and named an honorary alumnus. In 2008, he and his wife, Nadine, became the first couple to be named “Outstanding Citizens of the Year” by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce.