ADA — The 2011 Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law commencement will take place on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. in the ONU Sports Center. Approximately 97 students are slated to graduate. Dr. Kendall L. Baker, Ohio Northern University president, will preside.
In addition to juris doctor degrees, ONU will confer LL.M. degrees to five lawyers from transitional and emerging democracies who have completed a yearlong course of intensive study in the Democratic Governance and Rule of Law program. There also are five students who concurrently earned a J.D. and LL.M. degree.
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.
Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, of the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, will deliver the commencement address. Sutton was nominated by President George W. Bush on May 9, 2001, to the 6th Circuit Court and was confirmed on April 29, 2003. Prior to this appointment, he served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Meskill of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, Judge Lewis Powell, and Judge Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States. Sutton also practiced with Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue in Columbus, Ohio.
Robert R. Cupp, current justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree during the commencement ceremony. Cupp is a 1973 graduate of ONU’s College of Arts & Sciences and a 1976 graduate of ONU’s 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 his class, Sean Hudson, of Charleston, S.C., will deliver the student address, and David C. Crago, dean of the College of Law, will give remarks. Graduating LL.M. law student Onalethata Kambai, of Gaborone, Botswana, will give the invocation, and Heather Armstrong, of Elmira, N.Y., will sing the national anthem and musical benediction.
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.