UF commencement to be held Saturday

The University of Findlay will award nearly 700 degrees Saturday at its spring commencement ceremonies in the Koehler Complex.

The graduate ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and the undergraduate ceremony will start at 3 p.m. No tickets are needed to attend either ceremony.

Degrees being awarded include doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate, according to the university.

In the fall, the university awarded 196 degrees, and those alumni have been invited to walk in the May ceremony.

The university’s traditional Arch Ceremony will immediately follow each commencement ceremony, at about 10:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., at the Griffith Memorial Arch.

Darin Fields, vice president for academic affairs, will be the speaker for the graduate commencement ceremony, and alumna Jeanne Kelly, founder and executive director of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, will be the speaker for the undergraduate ceremony.

From 2009 to 2013, Fields was vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty and Sarah B. Cochran Professor of English at Bethany College in West Virginia. Earlier, Fields was dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and was chair of the Division of Humanities at Wilkes University.

Kelly graduated from the University of Findlay with a degree in voice performance and piano, and earned a master’s degree in voice performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Kelly has performed in roles with the Baltimore Opera, Opera Delaware, Central City Opera, Tulsa Opera, Annapolis Opera and the New York City Opera Education Department, according to the university.

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