May 6, 2019

Dolan, Schwartz to deliver commencement addresses

Cleveland Indians CEO and part-owner Paul Dolan and Cleveland State University President Emeritus Michael Schwartz will address the university’s Class of 2019 during the May 11 commencement ceremonies, the university recently announced.

One day after the Indians home opener, the university named Dolan the lead speaker for the Spring morning commencement ceremony, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Wolstein Center.

“Over the course of his career, Paul Dolan has shown tremendous commitment to Cleveland and Northeast Ohio,” said Cleveland State President Harlan M. Sands in a press release.

“Under his direction, the Cleveland Indians have brought so much joy to our city, and Paul’s leadership and service extend well beyond Progressive Field. He has dedicated both his time and treasure to making our region a better place.”

While known for his leadership role in the Indians organization, Dolan also served on several philanthropic boards in the Cleveland area.

Among the organizations Dolan has served is the Cleveland chapter of Say Yes to Education, which announced a partnership with Cleveland State in January.

“I look forward to addressing the Cleveland State University Class of 2019,” Dolan said in a press release.

He continued, “Cleveland is a wonderful place, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share my experiences with future leaders who will shape our city for decades to come.”

Schwartz, who joined Cleveland State as the interim president in 2001 before stepping down as the president in 2009, will deliver the commencement address during the afternoon ceremony, which will start at 2 p.m.

This year’s graduating class is larger than the Class of 2018, with 2,514 students applying to graduate, according to Will Dube, the university’s director of communications and media relations. This is up from 2,336 applicants in spring 2018.

The morning ceremony will feature students from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, the School of Nursing, the College of Sciences and Health Professions and the Washkewicz College of Engineering.

Students from the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the Monte Ahuja College of Business will walk across the stage during the afternoon ceremony.

Both ceremonies will include graduates from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors College.


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