BGSU Firelands 32nd Commencement Ceremonies

On Saturday, May 6, Bowling Green State University Firelands College will conduct the 32nd Commencement Ceremonies featuring keynote speaker William MacDonald.  BGSU Firelands will recognize 225 students who earned degrees at the campus during the 2016-2017 academic year.

“This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and sacrifice for our students who will be graduating this evening, and we are proud that they have achieved their goals,” said BGSU Firelands Dean Andy Kurtz. 

The graduating class includes 195 associate degree candidates and 30 bachelor’s degree candidates.  In addition, the College will also be recognizing ten area high school students in the College Credit Plus program who have gained enough college credit to earn an associate degree concurrently with their high school diploma.

Degree candidates range in age from 17 to 61 and they represent many areas of Ohio.  Forty-five  candidates will graduate with academic honors, including two students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages.

MacDonald, a BGSU graduate who attended classes on the BGSU Firelands campus, will address the students as they prepare to graduate. 

“We are delighted to have Dr. MacDonald as the commencement speaker.  He is an outstanding role model for the graduates and an excellent example of the level of success which can be achieved with an education from BGSU,” said Kurtz.

MacDonald earned three degrees from BGSU, culminating with a doctorate degree in sociology.  He is currently the Executive Dean of Regional Campuses at The Ohio State University where he is responsible for the administrative functions for five campuses and nearly 7,000 students.

MacDonald has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals, received funding from the National Science Foundation to support his research, and was named a 1997-1998 Young Scholar in American Religion by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

He has won several awards including the 2010 I Believe in Ohio State Campus Campaign Leadership Award, the 2000 Robert A. Barnes Award for Exemplary Teaching, a 1999 Templeton Foundation Science and Religion Course Prize, and the 1997 Ohio State Newark Scholarly Accomplishment Award.

He also received the BGSU Accomplished Graduate Award in 2006 and the BGSU Firelands Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2003.

BGSU Firelands’ 32nd Commencement Ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in the Cedar Point Center on the Huron campus.  Tickets are required for attendance.