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ESPN personality to speak at ONU undergraduate commencement

Approximately 575 students will be awarded degrees at Ohio Northern University on Sunday, May 21, 2006, at 2 p.m. at the celebration of its 2007 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony in the campus Sports Center.

Commencement day activities will begin at 8 a.m. with the ROTC Commissioning and Dankook Award Presentation in the activities room of McIntosh Center. The College of Pharmacy hooding ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Sports Center followed by a worship service in the English Chapel for graduating students, family and friends at 10:30 a.m.

Brian Kenny, ESPN personality, will be addressing the graduating students as the guest speaker. Kenny has won a National Sports Emmy for Baseball Tonight, the Sam Taub Award for broadcasting excellence in boxing, and was named Sports Illustrated's Media Personality of the Year in 2005. Kenny also hosts ESPN2 's Friday Night Fights and the ESPN Classic <> series The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame..., which debuted in 2005. In 2005, he hosted a brand-new special series called Ringside. Brian has a BFA in communication arts, from New York Institute of Technology and St. John's University (New York City).

Dustin Wickersham, ONU Student Senate president and graduating senior from Huntsville, Ohio, will be the student speaker.

William T. Ferri and Bishop James Griffin will be receiving honorary degrees. Ferri, a 1967 graduate of ONU, has been a successful owner/pharmacist of Ferri Pharmacy and Ferri Nursing Home Services in his hometown of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, for more than 30 years. He has been recognized as Pharmacist of the Year in Pennsylvania and received an ONU Alumni Citation in 1998. He serves on the College of Pharmacy Advisory Board.

Griffin has served as the Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, since 1983. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus in 1985. He has received the Liberty Bell Award from the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio Governor's Award for Humanitarian Service.

Doors to the Sports Center will open at 12:30 p.m. for the commencement. Guests should arrive by 1 p.m. The musical prelude will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the procession of faculty and students.