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2012 Fall Commencement Speaker is Provost Dr. Todd Diacon

Posted Dec. 3, 2012

Kent State University at Stark proudly announces Dr. Todd A. Diacon, the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of Kent State University, as the speaker for the 2012 Fall Commencement Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. This ticketed event will be held at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, located on the Canton McKinley High School campus. More than 100 graduate candidates, receiving bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees, will participate in this semester’s commencement exercises. Representatives of the media are welcome upon request. For more information, please contact Cynthia Williams at 330-244-3262 or
Diacon is responsible for all aspects of Kent State’s academic enterprise, including the university’s seven regional campuses. Before his appointment at Kent State, Diacon served as the deputy chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He spent 21 years at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, serving as a tenured professor, department head and vice provost.
An author and historian of Brazil, Diacon’s book, Stringing Together a Nation, won the Warren Dean Prize for the best book published on the history of South America’s largest country. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., and his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.