to hold commencement Friday, Saturday
BOWLING GREEN, OH: Bowling Green State University will
celebrate its 296th graduation in two ceremonies in the Stroh
Center Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 14, 2019.
The December graduating class includes 1,047 candidates. Among
the undergraduates, 89 will be presented associate degrees and
731 bachelorís degrees. Of those, 190 have received honors for
their high grade-point averages. The 217 graduate students
include 187 candidates for masterís degrees and 30 for doctoral
BGSU students come from all around the world. This graduating
class includes 52 international students representing 18
countries. There is also a wide range in overall age, with
degree candidates from 18 to 60.
Commencement for the Graduate College and the colleges of
Business; Health and Human Services; Musical Arts; Technology,
Architecture and Applied Engineering; and BGSU Firelands will be
held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13. The colleges of Arts and Sciences and
Education and Human Development will hold commencement at 10
a.m. Dec. 14, 2019.
Addressing the Dec. 13 candidates will be BGSU alumna Sheryl
Maxfield, who earned a bachelorís degree in journalism from
BGSU in 1981. Maxfield was appointed director of the Ohio
Department of Commerce in January 2019 by Gov. Mike DeWine.
She serves as a member of the governorís Cabinet and is
responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the
Before her appointment as commerce department director, Maxfield
served as chief counsel for DeWine when he was Ohio attorney
general. Her responsibilities included oversight of 11 sections
of the office that practices in legal areas ranging from
antitrust to workersí compensation. She joined the Ohio attorney
generalís office in 1984, and served in various capacities,
including assistant chief of the Court of Claims section, chief
of the Executive Agencies section and chief of the Health and
Human Services section. She previously served as first assistant
During her career, Maxfield has been recognized by her
colleagues for her professionalism and legal expertise. She
received an AGO Professionalism Award in 1997 and in 1999 was
the inaugural recipient of the Simon B. Karas Award for
Outstanding Legal Contribution to the Attorney Generalís Office.
In addition to her BGSU degree, Maxfield earned a law degree
from the University of Toledo College of Law. She is
married to lawyer Michael Maxfield.
Addressing the Dec. 14 candidates will be BGSU alumna Laurie
Stevenson, who earned a bachelorís degree in environmental
health from BGSU in 1988. In January 2019 Gov. Mike DeWine
appointed Stevenson as director of the Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA). A public servant of 30 years, she began
her career at Ohio EPA as a field inspector with the Division of
Hazardous Waste Management in the agencyís Logan, Ohio, office.
Prior to her appointment, she held the position of deputy
director for Business Relations, where she served as a primary
contact for regulated entities to help coordinate permitting
activities within the agency. She also served as chief of Ohio
EPAís Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance (DEFA).
DEFA provides financial and technical assistance to businesses
and communities to help achieve compliance with environmental
A native of Findlay, Stevenson earned a Master of Science in
public health from The Ohio State University in addition
to her BGSU degree. She resides in Columbus with her husband,
Jeff, and three children.
details can be found at bgsu.edu/commencement.