BGSU set to graduate diverse class on Aug. 5


A diverse group of 958 people will share a common experience on Saturday morning, Aug. 5. They will receive diplomas from Bowling Green State University. The 9 a.m. ceremony in the Stroh Center will see graduates as young as 18, as old as 71, and 114 who come from 29 other countries. More than half of the total are women.

President Mary Ellen Mazey will preside over the ceremony, the 289th in University history. Megan Newlove, chair of the BGSU Board of Trustees, will present diplomas to the degree candidates, of whom 47 have earned associate degrees, including the 18-year-old; 476 bachelor’s degrees, including the 71-year-old; 360 master’s degrees and another 36 doctoral degrees. Eighty will wear the gold cord signifying they are graduating with academic honors based on their high grade-point averages.

Students will graduate from all of the BGSU colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Firelands, Graduate, Health and Human Services, Honors, Musical Arts and Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering.

Addressing the graduates will be Brady Young of Roswell, Georgia, who graduated from BGSU with a degree in business in 1982. Young is principal owner of Strategic Risk Solutions (SRS) and serves as the firm’s president and CEO. SRS sets up and manages insurance companies for various business and institutions. It is the largest independent captive management firm in the world. Young has been with SRS since its inception in 1993 and led the management buyout of the company to establish it as an independent entity in 2002. He has more than 30 years of experience working with major public, nonprofit and privately held organizations to help them manage risk, develop risk financing strategies and optimize the role of their captive insurers.