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Former Senator DeWine to Speak at ONU Law Commencement Ceremony

May 2, 2008
Ohio Northern University will celebrate its 2008 Pettit College of Law commencement ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 11, in the ONU Sports Center. Approximately 102 students are slated to graduate. ONU President Dr. Kendall L. Baker will preside.

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

The ONU 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.

R. Michael DeWine, former United States Senator from Ohio and 1972 graduate of the Pettit College of Law, will deliver the commencement address. DeWine, who currently serves as an adjunct professor of political science at ONU, was awarded an honorary degree from the University in 1995. His daughter, Alice DeWine, is a member of this year's graduating class.

DeWine served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983-1991, followed by a stint as Ohio Lieutenant Governor from 1991-94. He served as a U.S. senator from 1995-2007.

BG David P. Carey, USA (Ret.) will be awarded an honorary degree. Carey, who earned his law degree from ONU in 1977, currently is the executive director of American Inns of Court Foundation. He has served as the commander of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency and the U.S. Army's chief judge. He also served as the assistant judge advocate general for civil law and litigations at the Pentagon.

Melissa L. Kidder, of Bowling Green, Ohio, who ranks academically at the top of the graduating class, will deliver the student address, and Dean David C. Crago will give remarks.

Graduating LL.M. student Austin Msowoya, of Malawi, will give the invocation, and classmate Thomas McLelland, of West Jordan, Utah, will give the spoken benediction. The national anthem and the benediction will be performed by the Concurrences, a quartet made up of Brian D. Anderson, a first-year law student from Johnson Creek, Wis.; Andrew R. Hopper, a third-year law student from Anderson, Ind.; Nathan D. Hosek, a third-year law student from Saint Marys, Ohio; and Roger A. Steffan, a first-year law student from Leipsic, Ohio.

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.
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