Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, who has led efforts to minimize the health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, will deliver a brief video message to graduating students during Wright State University’s spring commencement ceremonies.
DeWine, a former prosecutor, state representative, state senator, congressman, state attorney general, lieutenant governor and U.S. senator, makes his home in nearby Greene County.
Nearly 1,900 students are expected to graduate during Wright State’s spring commencement ceremonies in the Wright State Nutter Center on Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1.
Tickets are required to attend the ceremonies. University health and safety protocols, including the campus mask requirements and physical distancing, will be observed at all ceremonies. Because of the pandemic, Wright State held virtual commencement ceremonies for its spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates.
Mary H. Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, will also deliver a video message to graduates during the commencement ceremonies. She plans to tell students that their efforts to overcome the challenges of the pandemic is a testament to their resolve and has prepared them for future success.
Boosalis has served in progressively expanded leadership roles throughout her career with Premier Health, which is one of the largest health systems in southwest Ohio, with nearly 3000 physicians on staff and more than 13,000 employees. She has served as executive sponsor for the health system in developing and launching the Premier Health-Wright State University Neurosciences Research Institute and has been a key leader in collaborative efforts to decrease opioid use and addiction issues in the region.
Wright State will hold four separate commencement ceremonies at the Wright State Nutter Center to accommodate COVID-19 protocols and restrictions:
- Graduate School (master’s, Ph.D., and Ed.D. graduates): Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m.
- Raj Soin College of Business and College of Education and Human Services: Saturday, May 1, at 10 a.m.
- College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Science and Mathematics: Saturday, May 1, at 2 p.m.
- College of Liberal Arts and College of Nursing and Health: Saturday, May 1, at 6 p.m.
The spring class of 2021 includes graduates with 1,434 bachelor’s degrees, 455 master’s degrees, 28 doctoral degrees and 28 associate degrees.
The class features 90 international students from 19 different countries. India boasts the largest number of foreign graduates, with 50.
The two youngest graduating students are 18, earning an associate degree in technical studies and bachelor’s degrees in liberal studies and sociology. The oldest graduate is 65, earning a bachelor’s degree in English.
Graduates by college:
- College of Education and Human Services: 154
- College of Engineering and Computer Science: 263
- College of Liberal Arts: 323
- College of Nursing and Health: 153
- College of Science and Mathematics: 235
- Raj Soin College of Business: 268
- Lake Campus: 460
- Boonshoft School of Medicine: 29 (master’s degree only)
The ceremonies will also be broadcast live on WSU-TV on Time Warner Cable channel 21.105 in the university dorms and Fairborn and regionally on AT&T Uverse channel 99 in the Dayton tab.