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This spring will not only be marked by the fresh air but also for the celebration of BGSU’s spring graduates. As the books begin to close and the opportunities begin to pour in, spring graduates are preparing for their next step after college.

Spring commencement will span over four ceremonies, with the first taking place April 29 at 7 p.m., and the other three on April 30 at 9 a.m, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each ceremony will take place at the Stroh Center.

While it isn’t the first graduation that has been held in person since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, it still marks an exciting time for students, staff and faculty.

Ann Neely, the manager of presidential events for the office of the president at BGSU and overseer of BGSU’s commencement ceremonies, wants students to be recognized for their experience at BGSU.

“What I personally find most rewarding is getting to see all those students cross the stage and really culminate their experience at BGSU and see all of their hard work,” she said. “Blood, sweat, tears … it takes all that to come together and they have their moment to celebrate that hard work and dedication.”

The past few commencements since the beginning of the pandemic have been with restrictions like masks and social distancing. Now that restrictions have been lifted and appropriate precautions are in place, students, staff, faculty and guests will get to experience a more normal commencement.

“I think we’re really trying to get back to our roots of providing a memorable experience for our graduates and their guests, while making sure that we can do that in person,” she said.

The Stroh Center is the ideal venue for commencement, she said. 

“It’s great to have a wonderful venue,” she said. “The ease of access, not really a bad seat in the house. There are just so many different things that make it a little more intimate and kind of keeping everybody together. I think it’s awesome to have it right off I-75, easily identifiable and accessible and it’s just going to be another great weekend to celebrate our graduates.”

There will be two commencement speakers, which is a new component, and those names will be released before the first ceremony.

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