UC to award Xavier president honorary degree

Xavier University President Father Michael Graham
Xavier University President Father Michael Graham

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati will award Xavier University President Father Michael Graham an honorary doctorate during Saturday's December commencement.

UC will award degrees to more than 2,000 students. Ohio Gov. John Kasich will address the graduates.

Others receiving the honorary degrees are:

Robert Fealy, president, CEO and director of The Duchossois Group in Elmhurst, Ill. Fealy is a UC alumnus.

Cincinnati native Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, president of the American Medical Association.

Cincinnati native John A. Ruthven, naturalist, author, lecturer and internationally acknowledged master of wildlife art.

The ceremony is at 9 a.m. at UC's Fifth Third Arena. UC President Santa Ono will lead the ceremony.

The average age of the December 2013 class is 29. The youngest graduate is Brooke Kirkland, 18, who is earning a liberal arts degree.

Kirkland just completed her high school studies in May.

Clermont Northeastern High School was the granting institution for her high school diploma since she was home schooled until she came to UC Clermont College during her junior year in high school through the Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program.

The PSEOP program enables high school students to earn college credit and/or high school graduation credit when they take classes at UC. Brooke earned a 3.4 grade point average at UC.

The oldest graduate is Davis Stroop, 65, who will be receiving a doctorate in epidemiology. Stroop is a senior research assistant in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

More information about the commencement can be found by clicking here.

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