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Acing the final exam

Acing the final exam

Michelle Tedford July 21, 2021

University confers record number of degrees during six in-person ceremonies for Flyer ’21 grads.

On graduation day, Flyers were all smiles behind their masks. Their celebration was the culmination of a year punctuated by uncertainty and whose mantra was “resilience.”

President Eric F. Spina speaks at the 2021 commencement ceremony.

Commencement for more than 2,100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students was held in the University of Dayton Arena May 7-9. The Arena’s expanse allowed families to spread out as they cheered on their students. The six smaller ceremonies afforded a well-earned in-person experience while following Ohio’s guidelines for indoor events.

Most faculty attended virtually and shared their words of praise via video on the big screen.

“I’m very proud of all your hard work, and I’m looking forward to seeing all your future accomplishments,” said Maria Vivero, associate professor of finance.

The University conferred approximately 2,150 degrees, a record number.

Said President Eric F. Spina, “Life has already tested you in ways that no other class has been tested across the 171 years that UD has existed — and it didn’t come in the way of an essay scrawled in a blue book or a complex problem set. It came in the way of selfless sacrifice — and you aced that final exam.”

2020 virtual graduation