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A Kent State University graduate displays his diploma for family and friends during the baccalaureate degree ceremony at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
A Kent State University graduate displays his diploma for family and friends during the baccalaureate degree ceremony at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
An Honor’s student receives special recognition from Provost Todd Diacon prior to receiving a diploma during the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
An Honor’s student receives special recognition from Provost Todd Diacon prior to receiving a diploma during the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
Kent State alumnus and commencement speaker Dennis Cuneo shares a lighthearted moment with Kent State President Beverly J. Warren while receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
Kent State alumnus and commencement speaker Dennis Cuneo shares a lighthearted moment with Kent State President Beverly J. Warren while receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
A Kent State graduate from Nigeria celebrates with family members outside the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) following the advanced degree ceremony for the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremony.
A Kent State graduate from Nigeria celebrates with family members outside the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center) following the advanced degree ceremony for the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremony.
A happy graduate exits the stage with diploma in hand during the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremony in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
A happy graduate exits the stage with diploma in hand during the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremony in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
A doctoral candidate is hooded by her advisor during the advanced degree ceremony during the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremony in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
A doctoral candidate is hooded by her advisor during the advanced degree ceremony during the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremony in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
A graduate and her family pose for keepsake photos with Provost Todd Diacon following Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
A graduate and her family pose for keepsake photos with Provost Todd Diacon following Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
President Beverly J. Warren presents Kent State alumnus and commencement speaker Robert M. Archer a Distinguished Alumni Award during Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies.
President Beverly J. Warren presents Kent State alumnus and commencement speaker Robert M. Archer a Distinguished Alumni Award during Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies.
A Kent State student performs the National Anthem for those attending the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).
A Kent State student performs the National Anthem for those attending the Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).

Kent State Holds Summer Commencement Ceremonies on Aug. 19

Kent State Holds Summer 2017 Commencement Ceremonies

Kent State University held its Summer 2017 Commencement ceremonies for the Kent Campus on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). Kent State conferred 1,422 degrees, including 908 bachelor’s degrees, 427 master’s degrees, 67 doctoral degrees and 20 educational specialist degrees.

Across the university’s eight-campus system, 1,765 students graduated from Kent State this summer, including those receiving associate degrees.

Robert M. Archer
Robert M. Archer

Baccalaureate Degree Ceremony

The baccalaureate degree Commencement ceremony began at 9:30 a.m. The speaker for this ceremony was Kent State alumnus Robert M. Archer, CEO and owner of Kent Watersports and its branded companies. Kent Watersports has acquired 34 companies and divested only three. These companies make and sell more life jackets than anyone else in the world. The companies also sell water skis, wake boards, wake surfers, recreational water-inflated water tubes, ropes, stand-up paddle boards, knee boards, snow boards, ballast bags and branded apparel. Archer serves on the Ashland YMCA Board of Trustees, the Huntington Bank Regional Advisory Board and the Ashland University Board of Trustees. He is involved in scholar-athlete and scholar-musician scholarships in New London and Ashland, Ohio. Archer earned his Master of Business Administration from Kent State in 1961. He and his wife of 60 years, Janet, have three children — Pamela, David and John – as well as seven grandchildren.

Dennis Cuneo
Dennis Cuneo

Advanced Degree Ceremony

The 1:30 p.m. ceremony recognized advanced degree graduates receiving their master’s, doctoral and educational specialist degrees. The speaker for this ceremony was Dennis Cuneo, J.D., former senior vice president of Toyota Motor North America. After leaving Toyota, he formed his own consulting firm, DC Strategic Advisors LLC, which has advised Silicon Valley high-tech firms, multinational companies and economic development agencies in the U.S. and Canada. He is also a partner in Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national law firm. Cuneo sits on the boards of two Fortune 500 companies that are major auto suppliers, AK Steel and BorgWarner. He also serves on the boards of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, a leading automotive think tank, and SSOE, a privately held engineering and construction management firm with offices in North America and Asia. Cuneo formerly served as board chair of the Cincinnati Branch of the Federal Reserve, held gubernatorial appointments in California, Kentucky and Mississippi, and was on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, where he chaired the HR Policy Group. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Kent State in 1973 and sits on the National Advisory Board of the College of Business Administration at Kent State. Cuneo and his wife, Bonnie, reside in the Reno, Nevada, area.

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