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NKU Holds Fall Commencement on Dec. 15, 2018


December 12, 2018– Northern Kentucky University will honor more than 1,100 students at its 46th Commencement exercises on Dec. 15, 2018.

The two ceremonies will take place at BB&T Arena. Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services will begin at 10 a.m. Commencement for the College of Health Professions, the Haile/US Bank College of Business and the College of Informatics will begin at 3 p.m.

President Ashish Vaidya will address the first graduating class in his tenure, and Chase College of Law Professor David Singleton will deliver the Commencement address as NKU’s Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor honoree. Students and their families will also hear remarks from two of their peers: ­­­­­Andrea Shiverdecker and Mitchell Bischoff.

Andrea Shiverdecker will be the featured student speaker in the morning ceremony. Shiverdecker will earn her degree in Anthropology from the College of Arts and Sciences. As a non-traditional student, she will share her story of finding her way back to college 18 years after graduating high school. Shiverdecker gained a variety of experience as a research fellow with NKU’s Parker Academy Project and participated in a study abroad project in Belize. She has been very involved on campus during her time at NKU as a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, the Lambda Alpha National Anthropology Honor Society and Norse Student Anthropology Society. She was a featured researcher in an NKU Institute of Student Research and Creative Activity and was a member of the Dean’s List every semester since returning to college. Shiverdecker hopes to attend graduate school in the upcoming year to pursue a Ph.D. in Mesoamerican Archaeology.
Mitchell Bischoff will address the afternoon ceremony. Bischoff is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Business and Event Management from the Haile/US Bank College of Business. He began his journey at NKU after transferring from the University of Cincinnati in the fall of 2016. After he became a member of the GAME ON Professional Development program at NKU, he spent the past four seasons as an equipment assistant for the Cincinnati Bengals. Dedicated to his studies and his city, Bischoff has also been active in the community. He has worked and volunteered for the Marvin Lewis Community Fund since 2015, helped run NFL Play 60 events at Paul Brown Stadium and worked with the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation to help raise money for local hospitals at their VIP dinners.

In all, 1,169 graduates will be honored on Saturday. They include students who completed degrees in August, as well as those who completed degrees in December. For more details on the ceremonies and to watch a live stream, visit NKU’s Commencement webpage.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit