A successful neurologist and a lauded entertainer will address graduates for the University of Findlay’s annual commencement ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 5 in the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex.
The ceremonies will be broadcast live by UFTV on its YouTube Channel, UFTV Productions. The day’s events will also be covered on UF’s social media accounts, including planned Facebook Live streaming of Griffith Memorial Arch ceremonies that will follow commencement exercises in Koehler.
A total of 767 are expected to graduate this spring and summer, while 222 wrapped up their studies in fall 2017. Also, the University this year will be graduating its first Bachelor of Science in Nursing cohort.
Participation in Saturday’s commencement ceremonies will be optional for graduates.
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Doors will open at 8 a.m. for the graduate commencement ceremony, with the formal procession to begin at 9 a.m.
The graduate speaker will be Jaison Grimes, M.D. ’02, assistant professor of clinical neurology with the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was the seventh member of his family to attend UF, and graduated with a degree in biology/pre-medicine. During his time at Findlay, he was a four-year varsity letter winner on the Oiler basketball team and served as co-captain during the 2000-2001 season.
Dr. Grimes, who grew up in Powell, Ohio, briefly worked as a histologic technician before ultimately deciding to further his education by pursuing a doctor of medicine at The Ohio State University. After earning his doctorate in 2008, he completed a neurology residence at Indiana University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology studies.
The undergraduate ceremony will be held in the afternoon. Doors will open at 2 p.m., and the formal procession will begin at 3 p.m.
Phil Reno, a Grammy Award-nominated musician, will address undergraduates. He has enjoyed a long and exciting career in the musical arts by distinguishing himself as a pianist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator and recording artist. He has performed all over the world, most frequently on Broadway, where he has conducted shows such as “The Producers,” “Something Rotten!,” “Cats,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Elf,” “Promises, Promises,” and many more. Reno has also taken part in numerous productions at the legendary Radio City Music Hall.
Reno, a Northwest Ohio native, is the longtime musical director of the University of Findlay’s Donnell Broadway Concert Series, accompanying on piano other internationally acclaimed artists such as Brent Barrett, Liz Callaway, Gregg Edelman and Matt Cavenaugh.