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NKU graduation numbers are climbing higher each year

Tori Lentz, Staff Writer

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Nancy side barThe number of students eligible to graduate at this spring’s commencement ceremony on May 10 is slightly larger than the previous fall semester and last spring, according to Krista Wiseman-Moore, Manager of Special Events and Stewardship.

“In the last few years it’s been going up a little bit, just a little bit more than the year prior,” Wiseman-Moore said. “May [commencement] tends to be a little bigger than December, even though the December ceremonies include August and December [graduates].’

This May, 1,670 NKU students are eligible to walk at graduation, compared to 1,643 eligible students from last May.

Wiseman-Moore said that individual programs have developed significantly within the College of Informatics.

“Informatics seems to be growing really fast. I think so many of those programs are new and emerging,” Wiseman-Moore said. “So many of them are cutting-edge professions.”

She also stated that the social work major within the College of Arts and Sciences has experienced tremendous growth after adding a master’s program.

See the chart below for a breakdown of this year’s graduates.

According to Kathy Stewart, Director of Special Events, three separate commencement ceremonies will take place in the Bank of Kentucky Center on May 10, 2014.

 

Morning Ceremony

At 9 a.m., the commencement ceremony for graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Informatics will take place. The doors open at 8 a.m. Dr. T. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, will speak. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business degree.

 

Afternoon Ceremony

At 2 p.m., the commencement ceremony for graduates from the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Health Professions, and the Haile/US Bank College of Business will take place. The doors open at 1 p.m. Dr. Leon E. Boothe, NKU president emeritus, will speak. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Educational Leadership degree.

 

Evening Ceremony

At 6 p.m., the commencement ceremony for graduates from the Chase College of Law will take place. A graduate reception will begin at 4 p.m. and doors to the ceremony open at 5:30 p.m. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller, a Chase Law School alum, will speak. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Wiseman-Moore stressed that graduates should be on time for commencement and that any questions can referred to the office of Special Events and Stewardship or Career Services.

More information about graduation can be found at commencement.nku.edu.

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