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Commencement 2016 by the numbers

One year of planning and countless staff hours create this unforgettable day

14,400: Graduation tickets printed 11,500: Friends and family attending 6,700: Parking spaces 6,000: Programs printed 2,000: Diploma folders prepared 1,875: Candidates for graduation (1,165 female, 710 male) 1,830: Rented chairs in stadium 1,656: Number of bachelor’s degrees to be conferred 1,500: Students expected to participate in commencement (youngest 20, oldest 68, median age 24) 1,450 and counting: Caps and gowns purchased from bookstore 520: Bagels ordered for breakfasts served to students, faculty, and platform party

220: Event staff

120: Minutes ceremony expected to last

40: Members of commencement planning committee

31: Majors represented (most popular: psychology, 229 graduates; kinesiology, 221; business administration, 210)

28: Police and other public safety personnel on duty

25: States and territories represented in the graduating class

24: Countries represented in the graduating class (farthest: Kenya, India)

21: Students named Jessica in the graduating class

21: Veterans in the graduating class

16: Students named Daniel in the graduating class

6: Graduates celebrating birthdays on the day of commencement

4: Speakers on stage

2: Number of ceremonies (10 a.m., College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Business; 3 p.m., Colleges of Science, Education and Health Sciences and Human Services)

Some numbers are approximate

Published May 13, 2016