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Otterbein Commencement to Feature First Zoo and Conservation Science Graduating Class

Otterbein Commencement to Feature First Zoo and Conservation Science Graduating Class


Otterbein University Commencement marks the end of a Cardinal’s academic career, but the beginning of a bright, new future as well.

This year, 478 undergraduate, 119 graduate and nine Doctor of Nursing Practice students graduated in the Otterbein class of 2016 April 30 and May 1.

Also at this year’s commencement, Otterbein University will be graduating its first class of Zoo and Conservation Science majors. There are 16 students in all receiving their degree this year and the program will have a full cohort of 24 at the 2017 commencement proceedings.

A hallmark of the Zoo and Conservation Science program is how students are hired immediately upon graduation by the best conservation organizations and zoos in the country, with more interviewing and receiving offers every day. Several students will be working and studying at elite institutions in the industry, including:

  • Macie Smith (Beavercreek, Ohio) - Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Meaghan Graver (Enon, Ohio) - San Diego Zoo
  • Rachel Dalton (Blacklick, Ohio) - The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Mollie Kemp (Clear Spring, Maryland) - Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

In addition to these graduating seniors, many rising stars in the class of 2017 have been hired to intern at the San Diego Zoo Conservation Biology Institute, White Oak Conservation Center and the Ohio Wildlife Center.

Learn more about the Zoo and Conservation Science program on their website.

Find more information on the Otterbein Commencement website and learn more about the undergraduate commencement speaker and other notable students.

Find out what the class of 2016 will miss most about Otterbein in our video from Commencement.

See more photos from Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement on our Flickr page.