College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
May 2018
2018 CAS Recognition Ceremony
The 2018 College of Arts and Science Recognition Ceremony was held on May 19.
A memorable, joyous evening for the CAS class of 2018
Alumni Guest Speaker Scott Hess and Dean Chris Makaroff
Dean Chris Makaroff and Alumni Speaker Scott Hess (Miami '89)
Dear Alumni and Friends:
Yet another academic year has ended, culminating in our spring recognition ceremony on May 19, where we honored a total of 1,353 bachelor’s graduates and 165 Master's graduates.
In addition, among the CAS students graduating that evening:
  • 195 students graduated with distinction or honors, including 110 with University honors and 85 with departmental honors
  • 309 students graduated with Latin honors, including 182 cum laude, 79 magna cum laude, and 48 summa cum laude (with a GPA of at least 3.95)
And for the 2017-2018 academic year, we celebrated:
It was truly a stellar evening, made all the better by the wonderful speeches given by our student speaker, Max Leveridge, and our guest alumni speaker, Scott Hess (scroll down for more).
2018 CAS Platform Party (L to R): Pat Haney, Hannah Shepherd, Max Leveridge, Herbert Jaeger, Jagdish Bhati, Scott Hess, Chris Makaroff, Ian Yeboah, Linda Marchant, Renee Baernstein, Steve Wright, James Oris, Carol Olausen, Ted Peters
2018 CAS Platform Party (L to R): Pat Haney, Hannah Shepherd, Max Leveridge, Herbert Jaeger, Jagdish Bhati, Scott Hess, Chris Makaroff, Ian Yeboah, Linda Marchant, Renee Baernstein, Steve Wright, James Oris, Carol Olausen, Ted Peters
Thanks to all who participated in the event, and of course a special thanks to all of you for your continuous engagement and support of CAS and our students.
I wish all of you an enjoyable and fruitful summer.
Chris Makaroff
Dean and Professor of Chemistry

P.S. Below are three big upcoming events presented by the Miami University Alumni Association that you may be interested in joining.
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CAS students embark on extraordinary summer adventures
Hannah Best, Alex Boster, Hannah Clarke, Caroline Donlon, Ben Harding, Mishali Mathur, Olive Overmoyer, and Darbi Ruff
With the spring semester having been capped on May 19 with the 2018 CAS Recognition Ceremony, CAS students in a spectrum of liberal arts majors have already begun their adventures in study abroad programs, undergraduate research experiences, and internships.
In our 3-part series, CAS students representing the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences talk about their exciting summer projects.
Student Max Leveridge and alum Scott Hess deliver rousing speeches at the 2018 College of Arts and Science recognition ceremony 
On the evening of Saturday, May 19, new student graduate Max Leveridge and 1989 Miami alum Scott Hess took the stage in a packed Millett Assembly Hall to address the College of Arts and Science's graduating Class of 2018, along with their families and friends.
Originally from Dublin, Ohio, Leveridge majored in environmental Earth science, with co-majors in environmental science and sustainability. He is currently a student in Miami's combined BA-MA program for environmental science and graduate certificate program in geographic information science (GIS), expecting to graduate in 2019.
As an undergrad, Leveridge worked extensively with professor of geology and environmental Earth science Mike Brudzinski on a research project investigating the link between deep wastewater injection and human-induced earthquakes here in Ohio.
"Environmental science is very interdisciplinary," he said. "And it's one of those classes you need to understand what is happening in the world." [See his new CAS Student Spotlight.]
Calling himself "an unlikely graduation speaker," Hess received his BA in English: creative writing in 1989. He is the chief marketing officer at Chicago's Spark Foundry, one of the world's largest media agencies. He also studies, writes, and speaks about generational theory — the field of sociology that aims to understand how people born around the same time share common attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.
He has given more than 600 speeches nationwide, including a TEDx Talk in San Francisco called "Millennials: Who They Are and Why We Hate Them" — which he describes as an actual "love letter" to that generation.
"The reason we hate them is because we're jealous of them — because they’re better than us!" Hess told the large, amused crowd of millennials in the audience.
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