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Welcome New Alumni: The Class of 2023

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We see all smiles from Glenn College bachelor degree recipients (from left) Shayanna Hinkle-Moore, Ayla Hoermann and John Holzaepfel. (Credit: Becca Young)

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs Class of 2023 collected their diplomas at spring commencement after an exceptional year of academic excellence.

The class of 189 students included 102 undergraduates, with 73 graduating with Latin honors and eight of those — a college record — earning a cumulative 4.0 grade point average. Fourteen students graduated with honors in public affairs and one with research distinction.

The 87 graduate students included 50 with a Master of Public Administration; seven with a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management; 22 from the Online Master of Public Administration and Leadership program; and one PhD recipient. Seven students received graduate certificates from the college.


Glenn College graduates celebrate while waiting to receive their diplomas in Ohio Stadium. (Credit: Becca Young)

Ohio State Confers Two Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degrees

The two laureates were commencement speaker Bryan Stevenson, author of “Just Mercy” and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and entrepreneur, philanthropist and Ohio State graduate Keith B. Key, CEO of Keith B. Key Enterprises and Omni Management Group.

At the spring pre-commencement ceremony, instructor Amy Elliot, a research and evaluation consultant with a strong background in health economics, gerontology, long-term care, public policy and financial analysis, received the Mary K. Marvel Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Instructor Mark Barbash, senior strategic advisor for the Council of Development Finance Agencies, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards were presented to James Holley for graduate teaching and Megan Cremeans for undergraduate teaching.