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VIDEOS: Kent State’s Fall Commencement Ceremonies

Posted Dec, 15, 2010

Fall 2010 Commencement Ceremonies at Kent State University were held Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Thursday evening ceremony for those receiving doctoral degrees was held in the E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Music and Speech Center located on Theatre Drive. The Saturday ceremonies for those receiving master’s and baccalaureate degrees occurred in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center).

More than 1,900 students graduated universitywide from Kent State this fall. At the Thursday evening ceremony, 52 doctoral degrees were granted. Approximately 1,000 total students participated at Saturday’s ceremonies. Videos of the commencement ceremonies may be viewed at or see links below.


Thursday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. - Video available at
Location: E. Turner Stump Theatre, Music and Speech Center
Speaker: Dr. Sonia Alemagno, Interim Vice President for Research, Kent State University.
About the Speaker: On July 1, 2010, Dr. Alemagno, professor of health policy and management and interim associate dean for the College of Public Health at Kent State, assumed the role of interim vice president for research. Dr. Alemagno joined the university in 2009 after having spent 10 years at the University of Akron. Her most recent roles at the University of Akron were as director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy and chair of the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies. Prior to her faculty positions, Dr. Alemagno served as the associate director in the Office of Research Administration at Case Western Reserve University, responsible for medical school grants and biotechnology transfer.

Dr. Alemagno received the University of Akron Outstanding Researcher Award in 2005. She has focused her research on substance abuse and HIV/STD prevention, particularly examining public health services delivered within criminal justice settings, such as prisons and detention centers. As principal investigator, she has been awarded more than $5 million in funded research from agencies that include the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Justice, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Alemagno earned a Master of Arts in sociology from Kent State in 1984 and a Doctor of Philosophy in medical sociology from Case Western Reserve University in 1991.


Saturday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. - Video available at
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
College of Business Administration
College of Education, Health and Human Services
College of Technology
Location: Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Speaker: André Thornton, Chief Executive Officer, ASW Global, LLC
About the Speaker: Thornton acquired ASW Global, LLC, in January 2007 after ASW merged with the Cleveland-based company GPI Procurement Services. As the chief executive officer, Thornton sets the direction of the company and directs operational aspects so that they follow the strategic plans and policies of the organization. Thornton has 20 years of experience in entrepreneurial ventures. As one of the principals in Apple Partners, he led a highly successful restaurant management group that was sold to Applebee’s International. He also founded a successful consulting and sports management company and continues to speak nationally on executive leadership, organizational change, and diversity, having engagements in excess of 1,000 groups and businesses.

Thornton played professional baseball for 21 years and was an honored recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award in 1979, which goes to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and team contribution. He spent 10 seasons with the Cleveland Indians where he was a two-time All-Star and received the coveted Silver Slugger Award in 1984.  Additionally, Thornton was inducted into the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. Thornton graduated magna cum laude, obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Capital University. He is co-author of the book “Triumph Born of Tragedy” and was twice featured in McGraw-Hill/Irwin national educational videos for his entrepreneurial and marketing leadership success at GPI Procurement Services where he served as president and CEO. He currently is on the board of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the Greater Akron Chamber, and he holds the chair for the Ohio Region of the International Warehouse and Logistics Association. His leadership roles also include serving as Kent State University’s first President’s Ambassador, and he is a graduate of Leadership Cleveland 1997.

Saturday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. - Video available at
College of the Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Communication and Information
College of Nursing
Location: Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Speaker: Terry A. Scott, ’73, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Creative Brand Services and Cake Mix Studios for Hasbro, Inc.
About the Speaker: Scott graduated from Kent State in 1973 with a bachelor's degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Originally from Cleveland, Scott enjoyed playing men's soccer at Kent State. He was also on staff of the Chestnut Burr and the Daily Kent Stater. After graduation, he moved to Florida to play professional soccer, where he also started a local magazine. Later selling the magazine, Scott returned to Ohio where he joined a number of large Cleveland ad agencies and eventually opening his own shop, Scott Advertising, which was named one of the top 100 boutique ad agencies in the United States by Advertising Age. After six years of managing the agency, he turned the company over to his employees and began consulting for toy and candy companies, one of which was bought by Hasbro.

Scott joined Hasbro at its Pawtucket, R.I., headquarters as creative director. Today, he leads the award-winning Creative division at Hasbro's global headquarters, overseeing video production, entertainment, packaging, creative branding, studio graphics, film and Cake Mix Studios, Hasbro's in-house TV production and film company for all of their brands, including Hasbro, Milton Bradley, Playskool, and Transformers. Scott also guest lectures on creativity and branding at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design, URI, and Tufts at Dartmouth) and performs the annual Portfolio Review of FIT design seniors. Scott is married to Randi, a forensic anthropologist, and has three grown sons. They reside in Rhode Island.

For more information, visit the Commencement website at

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