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ONU Law Confers Degrees

Bob CuppMore than 100 law degrees were confered at the Pettit College of Law commencement May 16 in the ONU Sports Center.

Robert R. Cupp, BA '73, JD '76, current justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio, delivered the commencement address. Cupp is a 1976 graduate of ONU’s Pettit College of Law. 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.

He urged the graduates to bring integrety to their practice of law. "Daily, our conduct should serve as an example of how to engage others with civility and dignity and respect and competence and courage and integrity,” Cupp said.

platform partyStudent speaker Megan Roby from New Brighton, Pa., urged her classmates to "defy ordinary" in their legal carees as they did in law school. (Roby's comments)

In addition to juris doctor degrees, ONU confered 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.

ONU President Kendall L. Baker presided. David C. Crago, dean of the College of Law, made remarks. Graduating law students Aaron M. Baker, of Ohio City, Ohio, gave the invocation, Sean A. Mott, of Biglerville, Pa., gave a musical benediction, and Elijah A. Osiro, of Kisumu, Kenya, gave the spoken benediction. Jacqueline A. Cook, of West Chester, Ohio, sang the national anthem.