Kent State University Alumni Association

“I’m Batman!” Those were Michael Keaton’s final words during his Spring 2018 graduation ceremony address at a packed Dix Stadium on May 12. Not only did the Oscar-nominated actor impart wisdom as the university’s commencement speaker, but he also joined more than 3,000 graduates in wearing their caps and gowns as he 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 in 1971 to major in journalism and speech before lea...

Recipients of Kent State University’s 2017 Alumni Awards are (left to right) Gary O’Hara, Marisa Stephens, Richard Benz, Dr. Jennie S. Hwang, Dr. Anthony Limperos, Elizabeth Bartz and Paul Beatty.

The Kent State University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Alumni Awards. These awards recognize graduates who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their chosen field, in their communities and at Kent State. “The alumni association is proud to recognize notable, accomplished graduates,” said Lori Randorf, assistant vice president of alumni relations at Kent State. “These awards shine a light on graduates who have attained distinguished career success and have performed outstanding service to their community, Kent State Univers...

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Emeritus Professor Gary Hanson

Gary Hanson, beloved emeritus professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University, died on May 18, almost seven years after being diagnosed with cancer. Calling hours will take place Wednesday, May 24, from 6-8 p.m., and on Thursday, May 25, from 10-11 a.m., with a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. All will take place at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Read more in his obituary. Gary retired from Kent State in 2016 and was a favorite of students and alumni during his 18-year tenure in JMC. He taught Broadcast Beat Reporting – a make-it-o...

Kyle Michael Miller, a 2009 graduate of Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, decided late last year to take a leap of faith and quit his dream job at the TODAY Show to follow his passion for sharing uplifting stories. So Miller packed up and moved back to Ohio to find and tell stories from across the country that spread a positive message. He calls this venture 'Hope Dealer.' “'Hope Dealer' is a digital and social media platform that features uplifting, inspirational and motivational stories and content. Most of the stories have an element of faith include...