UC holds 1st Aug. commencement in decades

CINCINNATI (AP) - A university in Ohio will hold its first August commencement ceremony since stopping the practice 34 years ago.

The University of Cincinnati says the end-of-summer ceremony on Saturday marks the graduation of more than 2,000 students.

The school says adding the end-of-summer commencement will provide students with more timely graduation ceremonies. University officials say they are reviving the August commencement after several years of higher enrollment and student retention.

A university release says first- to second-year retention rates have increased from 77% to 86% over the last 10 years with graduation rates increasing nearly 15% in that time.

Enrollment increased more than 27% between 2002 and 2012.

End-of-summer commencement ceremonies were previously held at UC from at least the early 1960s to 1979.

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