Miami to award 1,375 degrees during fall commencement

Benjamin Harrison Medallion recipient Richard Campbell is the keynote speaker

Richard Campbell and students

Richard Campbell, shown here with his students, received Miami's highest honor, the Benjamin Harrison Medallion.

Miami University will present 1,375 degrees during its fall commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in Millett Hall. President Gregory Crawford will preside at the ceremony.

Conferral of diplomas will include 10 certificates, 87 associate, 933 bachelor’s, 328 master’s and 17 doctoral degrees. These numbers reflect both December 2019 and January 2020 graduates (including Miami’s winter term.)

The featured keynote speaker for fall commencement is Richard Campbell, professor emeritus of media, journalism and film, who is the 2019 Benjamin Harrison Medallion recipient.

The Benjamin Harrison Medallion, named for the Miami alumnus and 23rd president of the United States, is one of Miami’s most significant recognitions and has the inscription of “For Outstanding Contribution to the Education of the Nation.”

Campbell joined Miami in 2004 as director of a newly created journalism program. The former journalist then led the effort to create the new department of media, journalism and film, for which he served as chair from its implementation in 2013 through 2018.

Campbell was adamant that the study of journalism be embedded in the study of liberal arts. He argued that “writing remain a core component to journalism, bucking a national trend of moving away from the skill giving way to the ‘technological flood that on some campuses has trumped the centrality of language,”’ a nominator wrote. Campbell is co-founder of Miami’s Writing Scholars program.

In addition to writing, Campbell understands the importance of data and statistical analysis and is a champion of quantitative literacy at Miami.

Learn more about Campbell online.

How to go

The commencement program will last about 90 minutes and is open to the public. No tickets are necessary.

The ceremony will be streamed on Facebook Live.

All bags will be checked upon entering the arena.

Please plan to leave all nonessential items in your locked vehicle and plan to arrive early.

More information online at