In Photos: Spring Commencement 2023
BGSU celebrates the achievement of its Spring 2023 graduates during three Commencement ceremonies
The 306th Bowling Green State University Commencement welcomed a new generation of alumni during ceremonies on April 28 and 29, as families, loved ones and supporters gathered to celebrate the graduates' accomplishments and the next steps in their lives.
University photographers Craig Bell, Justin Camuso-Stall '14 and Haven Conn '22 documented the culmination of the graduates' journey and the excitement for students and loved ones.
In total, the Spring 2023 graduating class included 2,604 candidates, of which 147 were presented associate degrees, 1,913 were presented bachelor's degrees, 531 with master's degrees and 36 with doctoral degrees.
A ceremony for all graduate degree candidates, bachelor’s candidates from the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business and associate and bachelor’s candidates from Firelands College took place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28. New this year, doctoral degree candidates were honored with a separate Hooding Ceremony on Friday afternoon.
Bowling Green State University awarded one of its most accomplished alumnae, former Ohio Attorney General Betty D. Montgomery '70, with an honorary doctorate degree during Spring 2023 Commencement.
In her extensive law and public service career, Montgomery served the people of Ohio with distinction as attorney general. She graduated from BGSU with a bachelor of arts in 1970 and went on to earn her law degree. She was the first woman elected attorney general in Ohio, serving from 1995 to 2003.
The ceremony for bachelor’s candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health and Human Services took place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, while a ceremony for bachelor's candidates from the College of Education and Human Development, College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering and College of Musical Arts was held at 3 p.m. that same day.
The Bowling Green State University Department of Computer Science is one of the most respected and sought-after programs in the nation today, due in large part to the vision of department founder Dr. David Fulton, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University during Spring 2023 Commencement, in recognition of his life's dedication to the field. During his tenure at BGSU from 1970-80, he led the growth of Ohio's first computer science program into the full-fledged department that it is today.
The wit and creativity of BGSU students shone through with their choice of decorated mortarboards. From thanking family members, to touting their future professions and even giving a tip of the cap to AI, the colorful additions stood out in the field of graduates. Here are some of the favorites captured by BGSU Chief Photographer, Craig Bell.
Updated: 05/09/2023 03:16PM