- <p>A group of friends poses for photos on Risman Plaza after Kent State's summer 2013 commencement.</p>
- An Army ROTC graduate poses with his friend who graduated from the Fashion School during Kent State's summer 2013 commencement.
- A summer 2013 graduate shows his diploma from Kent State to his family after walking the stage.
- A summer 2013 graduate waves to her family while walking into the MAC Center for Kent State's commencement ceremonies.
Kent State University congratulates its newest graduates. Summer 2013 commencement ceremonies for the Kent Campus were held Aug. 17 at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). Kent State conferred 1,593 degrees, including 836 bachelor’s degrees, 455 master’s degrees, 83 doctoral degrees, 198 associate degrees and 21 educational specialist degrees.
The 9:30 a.m. ceremony was for those receiving bachelor’s degrees. The speaker for this ceremony was John Carey, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents. An experienced lawmaker, Carey served nine years in the Ohio House of Representatives and eight years in the Ohio Senate. He is one of the few legislators in history to serve as chairman of both the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee. Most recently, Carey served as assistant to the president for Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives for Shawnee State University in Portsmouth.
As a legislator, Carey’s focus on education and job creation led to numerous awards and accolades from organizations such as the Ohio Development Association, the Ohio Bankers League, the National Federation of Independent Businesses and the Ohio University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
The ceremony for those receiving master’s and doctoral degrees occurred at 1:30 p.m. The speaker for the afternoon ceremony was William Considine, president of Akron Children's Hospital for more than 35 years. Considine is actively involved in numerous healthcare, educational and cultural organizations at the local, state and national levels. He is one of the longest-tenured hospital chief executive officers in the country and is known nationally and internationally as a leader and advocate on issues affecting child healthcare.
Considine is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves as chairman of the board of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Health Care Payment Innovation and the Ohio Hospital Association’s Task Force on Healthcare Transformation. Considine also was recently appointed to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Board and serves as chairman of its Governance Committee.
For more information about Kent State’s commencement, visit www.kent.edu/commencement.