May 19, 2014


As summer begins, I want to take a moment to reflect on the events surrounding graduation.

I had the honor of presiding at the 2014 Spring Commencement at Cleveland State. In total, the University conferred degrees on more than 2,100 students—one of the largest classes in CSU history. The joy of our graduates was evident in so many ways: spirited cheers, decorated caps, hugs shared between friends, and photographs of families being snapped all over our campus. It was a great day. To see just a glimpse of the celebrations, take a look at the University's graduation Storify.

I recognized our co-valedictorians for the Spring Class of 2014—Stephanie Massey Cole, Anna Meyer, and Steven Stefanowicz. These three individuals share the qualities of so many of our students: hardworking, resilient, and tenacious. I believe that Cleveland State graduates are uniquely committed to bettering their community through leadership and service. I am incredibly proud of each of our graduates.

On the eve of Commencement, the University held its fourth annual Radiance: CSU Realizing the Promise, a fundraising event in sole support of student scholarships. This year, there were more than 400 alumni, community partners, staff, faculty, and students in attendance. I had the honor of announcing that Radiance 2014 raised $1 million. Every single dollar will be awarded to our students through Radiance scholarships. At the event, we also announced a transformative $1 million gift from alumni Larry and Lee Glasscock to create scholarships for first-generation college students in the Monte Ahuja College of Business. The gift is a testament to their strong belief in the University and the power of a Cleveland State education.

It was a wonderful end to Spring Semester at the University.

Ronald M. Berkman

Cleveland State University

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