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Justice Robert R. Cupp to speak at Ohio Northern University law commencement ceremony

May 7, 2010

The 2010 Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law commencement will take place on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. in the ONU Sports Center. Approximately 101 students are slated to graduate. Dr. Kendall L. Baker, Ohio Northern president, will preside.

In addition to juris doctor degrees, ONU will confer LL.M. degrees to 11 lawyers from transitional and emerging democracies who have completed a yearlong course of intensive study in the Democratic Governance and Rule of Law program.        

The Sports Center is scheduled to open for the commencement exercises at 12:30 p.m. A musical prelude will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the procession of faculty and juris doctorate candidates.

Robert R. Cupp, BA '73, JD '76, current justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio, will deliver the commencement address. Cupp is a 1976 graduate of ONU’s Pettit College of Law. He has committed much of his 30-year career to effective public service. Cupp served as a member of the Ohio Senate for 16 years, from 1985-2000, before his election to the Supreme Court of Ohio in November 2006.

Academically ranked at the top of her class, Megan R. Roby, of New Brighton, Pa., will deliver the student address, and David C. Crago, dean of the College of Law, will give remarks. Graduating law students Aaron M. Baker, of Ohio City, Ohio, will give the invocation, Sean A. Mott, of Biglerville, Pa., will give a musical benediction, and Elijah A. Osiro, of Kisumu, Kenya, will give the spoken benediction. Jacqueline A. Cook, of West Chester, Ohio, will sing the national anthem.

Crago, assisted by members of the tenured law faculty, will place the academic hood upon each candidate, followed by Baker’s presentation of the diplomas.

A reception for graduates and families will take place in the College of Law immediately following the ceremony.