For Greene County News
FAIRBORN — More than 1,200 Wright State students are scheduled to graduate during the university’s fall commencement ceremony in the Wright State Nutter Center Saturday, Dec. 19.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Tickets are not required.
Graduating students will receive 742 bachelor’s degrees, 447 master’s degrees, 25 doctoral degrees, three post-master’s degrees and 12 associate degrees.
The commencement class includes graduates from 46 Ohio counties, including 731 graduates from the 16 counties anchored by Wright State’s Dayton and Lake campuses and 151 from other Ohio counties.
Graduates also hail from 20 different states and Washington, D.C. And the class includes 282 international students from 25 nations, with India boasting the largest number of global graduates with 185.
Graduating students range in age from 19 to 64, with the average age being 26.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on WSU-TV on Time Warner Cable channel 5.105 in the university dorms and Fairborn and regionally on AT&T Uverse channel 99 in the Dayton tab.
You can also watch the event live online at wright.edu/livestream.
Wright State to honor Sharon Honaker Rab
During commencement, Wright State will award an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Sharon Honaker Rab, founder and co-chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize grew out of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the Bosnian War. The prize was established in 2006 as the first and only annual U.S. literary award given in recognition of writers who promote peace through works that lead readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions and political points of view.
Rab graduated from Wright State with a Master in Education degree in 1975. She taught language arts for 30 years at Kettering Fairmont High School and served as an adjunct instructor of composition at Miami University for 14 years. She was twice a finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year.
For 20 years Rab produced and hosted Writer 2 Writer, a cable television show on which she interviewed hundreds of local, national and international authors. A writer herself, Rab’s yet-to-be-published novel “Paper, Scissors, Rock” was a finalist for the Pen Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction.