Butler University expects to confer degrees upon 815 graduates—and a bone for one special dog—during commencement ceremonies that begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The newest graduates include 207 from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 150 from the College of Business, 164 from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 100 from the College of Communication, 101 from the College of Education, and 93 from the Jordan College of the Arts.

In addition, Blue II, the University’s live mascot for the past nine years, will walk across the stage and receive a ceremonial bone. (This will take place around noon.)
Best-selling author John Green (“The Fault in Our Stars”) will be the commencement speaker. Green and Martha Mae (Conner) Mitchell ’45, MS ’60, a longtime Indianapolis Public Schools educator who taught at School 87 and was an administrator at School 72 and School 67, will receive honorary degrees.

The faculty speaker is Catherine Hagerman Pangan M.S. ’99, the Richard Guyer Chair in Education.

This year’s graduates include 26 international students from 15 nations, 32 Phi Beta Kappa inductees and 186 students who studied abroad.