From: Bonita J. Brown, J.D.
Interim President, Northern Kentucky University
Subject: Good news from April 2023 and academic year wrap-up
We are only a few days away from our May 2023 Commencement ceremonies! I am looking forward to presiding over my first graduation as interim president, and I cannot wait to celebrate all of our deserving graduates. My husband, Wesley, will be among the more than 1,900 learners completing years of hard work and reaching their academic goals, so it will be extra special for me as I will be full of pride as both a family member of a graduate and as president.
It will also be an exciting day for Dr. Burke Miller of our Department of History and Geography because his twin daughters, Hannah and Emily, will graduate during the morning ceremony on Sunday, May 7. Student Government Association president and student regent Daniel Myers will graduate from the Haile College of Business and Leslie Schultz, a staff member in the Office of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving, will graduate and become an alumna herself.
And our University Police chief, John Gaffin, will also be among the graduates in this Class of 2023 receiving his Juris Doctorate degree on Friday, May 5, when the NKU Chase College of Law honors 130 new grads. John is the valedictorian of the part-time division!
I know there are more NKU staff who are receiving degrees during this commencement season. In fact, nearly 900 NKU faculty and staff members are proud alumni of this great institution.
Over the past few weeks leading up to Commencement, I had the pleasure to attend many end-of-year and awards celebrations. It was a privilege to learn so much about the amazing work of our faculty, staff and students have done this academic year. Congratulations to all those who won awards over the past month.
Commencement is one of the biggest and most inspiring days at NKU, and it reminds us all why we are here — student success. Thank you to everyone who is working hard to make Commencement a special day for all of us and especially for the newest NKU alumni … and congratulations again to each of our graduates this semester.
There is just so much to be excited for here. Other key highlights from April:
I am grateful to Dr. Darryl Peal and his team of faculty and staff who dedicated so many hours to collecting data and compiling this important report. Our community is ambitious in its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, embedding those values into all the work we do here. I am extremely proud of our campus and how we stand each day as a champion for DEI.
Finally, the 2023 edition of NKU Magazine is out, and it is full of great stories from our community throughout the past year. Here are just a few of the fantastic stories you can read:
Whether you will be on campus during the summer months or away, I hope you all have a restful and peaceful summer with plenty of time to share with loved ones and doing the things you are passionate about. Thank you for all you do for our university, our learners and the community.
Bonita J. Brown, J.D.