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A Kent State graduate indicates to his family, seated in the stands at Dix Stadium, that he has located his name in the One University Commencement program while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
A Kent State graduate indicates to his family, seated in the stands at Dix Stadium, that he has located his name in the One University Commencement program while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Oscar-nominated actor and commencement speaker Michael Keaton hugs Kent State President Beverly J. Warren after receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his extraordinary contributions to film performance.
Oscar-nominated actor and commencement speaker Michael Keaton hugs Kent State President Beverly J. Warren after receiving an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his extraordinary contributions to film performance.
A Kent State graduate poses for photos for her family on the field at Dix Stadium prior to the start of the One University Commencement.
A Kent State graduate poses for photos for her family on the field at Dix Stadium prior to the start of the One University Commencement.
Dix Stadium is filled with graduating students, family and friends during Kent State’s One University Commencement.
Dix Stadium is filled with graduating students, family and friends during Kent State’s One University Commencement.
A Kent State graduate tries to get the attention of his parents, seated in the stands at Dix Stadium, at the One University Commencement.
A Kent State graduate tries to get the attention of his parents, seated in the stands at Dix Stadium, at the One University Commencement.
Oscar-nominated actor and commencement speaker Michael Keaton enters Dix Stadium to the cheers of graduating students and families during Kent State’s One University Commencement.
Oscar-nominated actor and commencement speaker Michael Keaton enters Dix Stadium to the cheers of graduating students and families during Kent State’s One University Commencement.
Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton addresses graduates, administrators, families and friends during Kent State’s One University Commencement at Dix Stadium.
Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton addresses graduates, administrators, families and friends during Kent State’s One University Commencement at Dix Stadium.
A gonfalon bearer waits to go into Dix Stadium.
A gonfalon bearer waits to go into Dix Stadium.
A Kent State graduate from a Regional Campus and veteran crosses the stage.
A Kent State graduate from a Regional Campus and veteran crosses the stage.
A new Kent State graduate celebrates as she goes down the ramp from the stage.
A new Kent State graduate celebrates as she goes down the ramp from the stage.
A new Kent State graduate smiles at her friend as she goes down the ramp from stage.
A new Kent State graduate smiles at her friend as she goes down the ramp from stage.
A father hugs his daughter following Kent State’s One University Commencement.
A father hugs his daughter following Kent State’s One University Commencement.

Kent State Celebrates Its Newest Graduates, Awards Honorary Degree to Commencement Speaker Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton was multitasking during his upcoming return to Kent State University.

Not only did the Oscar-nominated actor impart wisdom as the university’s commencement speaker, but he also joined more than 3,000 graduates on May 12 at Dix Stadium in wearing their caps and gowns as Mr. Keaton received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters for his extraordinary contributions to film performance.

The ceremony brought full circle the journey he began at Kent State 47 years ago when he enrolled as a student before leaving to chase his dreams as an actor.

One University Commencement

Kent State celebrated its newest graduates at the One University Commencement on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at Dix Stadium. The ceremony recognized graduates from the university’s eight campuses.

By the Numbers

In total, Kent State conferred 5,345 degrees this spring, including:

  • 968 associate degrees
  • 3,383 bachelor’s degrees
  • 812 master’s degrees
  • 180 doctoral degrees
  • 2 educational specialist degrees

More than 3,000 graduating students registered to attend the One University Commencement at the stadium. This is the second year that all Kent State graduates from the eight-campus system were convened and honored in one ceremony. All guests (including children 1 year and older) needed a ticket to enter the ceremony venue.

About Michael Keaton

Mr. Keaton may be best-known for his roles as the Caped Crusader in Batman and Batman Returns. As the star of Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence), he was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Globe. He is one of the few actors whose films, Birdman and Spotlight, won the Oscar for Best Picture in back-to-back years. Mr. Keaton also earned the Best Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics for Clean and Sober and for Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice.             

Kent State students may recognize Mr. Keaton from his recent role as Vulture in Spiderman: Homecoming. His next project is tentatively titled Big Ears from Walt Disney Studios.

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Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton delivered the commencement address May 12 at Kent State University. (Photo credit: MJ Kim/HFA2014/Getty Images)

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