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Ohio Supreme Court Justice Stratton to Speak at Undergraduate Commencement

May 15, 2008
Ohio Northern University will celebrate its 2008 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 2 p.m. in the Sports Center.

About 600 students will be awarded degrees.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn L. Stratton will be addressing the graduating students as the guest speaker. Justice Stratton has served on the Ohio Supreme Court since 1996. Justice Stratton's legal career began in the courtrooms of central Ohio as a trial lawyer. In 1989, as the first woman judge to be elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, she presided over major cases ranging from capital murder trials to major civil actions. In her years on the bench, she established a solid record of judicial integrity, fairness, and diligence. Her approach to sentencing in serious felony cases earned her the nickname "The Velvet Hammer."

Tim Ulbrich, a graduating pharmacy student from London, Ohio, will be serving as the student speaker.

Dr. Metta Lou Henderson and Dr. Bruce Burton will both receive honorary degrees. Henderson will receive an honorary doctorate of pharmacy. Henderson served as associate professor at ONU in 1978 and then became a professor of pharmacy in 1985. She also served as assistant to the vice president of academic affairs from 1980-1984. In June of 1993, she became interim chairman of the department of pharmacy practice and served as the chairman from 1994-95.

Burton will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering. Burton came to ONU in 1958 as a professor of mechanical engineering and served as dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering from 1985 to 1994. He continued to teach until his retirement in 1999. He has served as ONU's coordinator of International admissions from 1999 until the present.

A commencement chapel service will be held on Saturday in the English Chapel at 8:15 p.m.

Commencement day activities will begin Sunday at 8 a.m. with the ROTC Commissioning and Dankook award presentation in the activities room of the McIntosh Center. The Raabe College of Pharmacy hooding ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the ONU Sports

Doors to the ONU Sports Center will open at 12:30 p.m. Sunday for the commencement.

Guest should arrive by 1 p.m. The musical prelude will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the procession of faculty and students.