UD graduation ceremonies held this weekend

The College of Arts and Sciences, UD’s largest school, held two graduation ceremonies at 9-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at UD Arena. Photos by Eric Hubbard.
The College of Arts and Sciences, UD’s largest school, held two graduation ceremonies at 9-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, May 8 at UD Arena. Photos by Eric Hubbard.

During its graduation ceremonies this weekend, the University of Dayton expects to give out a record number of degrees.

Overall, UD will confer approximately 2,150 degrees this weekend, eclipsing last year’s mark of approximately 2,100. The undergraduate mark exceeds the 1,513 degrees conferred in May 2018, according to the university.

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UD says about 1,670 undergraduates will receive degrees, including the first Flyer Promise Scholars, 40 students from local high schools who were helped through UD with significant scholarships, grants and assistance, along with other support.

The School of Law (1-2:30 p.m.) and all other graduate programs (6-7:30 p.m.) graduated in separate ceremonies Friday, May 7. The College of Arts and Sciences, UD’s largest school, held two ceremonies at 9-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. Saturday, May 8. Students in the schools of Education and Health Sciences and Engineering will graduate together 9-10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 9. School of Business Administration students will graduate 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday. ROTC will hold its commissioning at noon Saturday.

“I am so proud of each and every student for what they have accomplished,” Dean of Admission Donnell Wiggins, who oversees the program, said in a statement. “They have persevered through ups and downs; they have changed our campus for the better by starting new organizations like our first Hispanic fraternity; they have served as resident advisers, peer mentors and president’s emissaries; and some have even secured job offers months before graduation. They are change agents. They’re going to influence the world in a meaningful way.

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UD is holding six in-person ceremonies at UD Arena to confer the degrees and follow COVID-19 guidelines. Cleaning will occur between ceremonies. Students are limited to four guests who are required to wear masks and have assigned, ticketed seating.

Students will not process into the arena. There will be minimal interaction between staff and students and there will be no handshakes.

“While we would love to be together under one roof at the same time, hosting the smaller ceremonies allows us to offer a weatherproof facility with excellent accessibility, sound and video capabilities, and an experienced team well-versed in working under public health guidelines,” President Eric F. Spina and Provost Paul H. Benson said in a message to students announcing the ceremonies.

All ceremonies will be streamed live. Head to UD’s YouTube page for more information.