On May 4 Wright State students, families, friends and faculty gathered at the Nutter Center to celebrate spring commencement. With nearly 2,000 graduates, the ages ranged from 19 to 70 and ranged from across Ohio, the country and the world.
Wright State University President, Cheryl Schrader addressed the graduating class and their achievements while attending WSU.
“Class of 2019, each of you has left your own unique mark on our Wright State family and community,” said Schrader.
During the ceremony, the great grandniece of Wilbur and Orville Wright, Amanda Wright Lane was given an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
“Earlier I mentioned that Uncles Orv and Will knew you,” Wright Lane said. “They were always looking at the horizon when they flew, they always saw promise in what was ahead. Uncle Will stated, ‘We have seen the future, and it is magnificent, only let us hurry and open all roads.’ He saw you. The Wright brothers saw you. They saw the boundaries you will break with an avalanche of ideas that you haven’t even had yet.”
Lane is active within the Wright State community, a co-chair to the Rise. Shine. Campaign several years ago and currently the co-chair of Discover Your Story, the campaign for the WSU Archives Center.
The ceremony awarded around 22 associate degrees, 1,457 bachelor’s degrees, 592 master’s and 25 doctoral degrees to graduating Raiders.
This semester’s ceremony had graduates come from 63 Ohio counties and 27 different states across the country. There were also over 140 international students from 34 different nations.
Lake Campus held a ceremony on May 2 at Romer’s Catering in Celina, Ohio.
College Graduates Breakdown (provided by the WSU Newsroom):
College of Education and Human Services: 372
College of Engineering and Computer Science: 410
College of Liberal Arts: 487
College of Nursing and Health: 110
College of Science and Mathematics: 311
Raj Soin College of Business: 314
Boonshoft School of Medicine: 31 (master’s degree only)
Lake Campus: 47