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May 1, 2018– Northern Kentucky University will graduate nearly 1,650 students in the Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 4 and 6. NKU holds three commencement ceremonies to honor the graduates from the university’s six colleges.

Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m.: Chase College of Law

·       Number of graduates: 136

·       Speaker: Judge Amul R. Thapar, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

·       Student Speaker: Michael Bromell, Student Bar Association President

·       Salmon P. Chase Award Recipient: Jedidah Morrell


Sunday, May 6 at 11 a.m.: Haile/US Bank College of Business, College of Health Professions and College of Informatics

·       Number of graduates: COB – 245; CHP – 170; COI – 275

·       Speaker: C. Bruce Johnson ’73

·       Honorary Degree Recipients: Ellen Rieveschl, Doctor of Education and Gerard St. Amand, Doctor of Education

·       Student Speaker: Catherine Schwegman, representing the College of Informatics and the College of Arts and Sciences


Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Services

·       Number of graduates:  CAS – 557; COEHS – 265

·       Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: C. Bruce Johnson ’73, Doctor of Letters

·       Honorary Degree Recipient: Alice Sparks, Doctor of Education

·       Student Speaker: MacKenzie Boyd, representing the College of Arts and Sciences


All ceremonies will be held at BB&T Arena on NKU’s Highland Heights campus. No tickets are required, and doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony. Parking is free of charge, and complimentary shuttle service will be provided from Lots E and L.

For those who are unable to attend Commencement, the ceremonies will be broadcast live online. Please visit Read more about our Spring Commencement graduates here.

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