Union Celebrates 2013 National Commencement

Seventy-four students participated in Union Institute & University’s national commencement ceremony in Cincinnati on October 12, 2013. Held at the Hall of Mirrors in the Hilton Netherland Plaza, the event included 31 faculty, five members of the Alumni Association, and more than 400 guests. Students and their friends and family traveled from all regions of the country to attend the event.

Undergraduate commencers represented a variety of disciplines including Arts, Writing and Literature; Business Administration; Business Management; Criminal Justice Management; Early Childhood Studies; Environmental Studies and Sustainability; Leadership; Liberal Studies; Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting; Psychology & Human Development; and Social Work.

Master of Arts commencers earned degrees in areas of concentration including Literature & Writing; Health & Wellness; Creativity Studies; and History & Culture. Union’s doctoral commencers represented the disciplines of Humanities & Society, Psychology, Public Policy & Social Issues, Ethical & Creative Leadership, Educational Leadership, Higher Education, and Clinical Psychology.

Edward O’Neil Jr., MD, delivered the keynote address. Dr. O’Neil, founder and president of the non-profit organization Omni Med, shared his message of volunteerism and ethical leadership. He challenged the new graduates to remember the university’s mission to engage, enlighten, and empower in their lives and chosen careers. An honorary doctorate from Union Institute & University was presented to Dr. O’Neil at the conclusion of his speech.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice graduate and Women in Union scholarship recipient Kimberly Thornhill delivered a heartfelt invocation. The day marked not only Thornhill’s graduation but also her son’s commencement from Union, Dexter Thomas Jr., who received his B.S. in Business Management.

The commencement ceremony is one of several held around the country each year, including Florida, California, and Vermont. Union Institute & University graduates about 700 students per year.