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Otterbein Cardinals ready to take flight with Commencement April 29-30

Otterbein Cardinals ready to take flight with Commencement April 29-30


Whether you're earning your undergraduate degree or your graduate degree, you are ready to take on the world! But are you ready to take on commencement? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2017 Otterbein University Commencement weekend April 29-30.

The commencement ceremony for undergraduate degree candidates begins at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, in the Rike Center. Tickets are required. If your guests are not able to attend the ceremony in person, the ceremony will be streamed live online.

Student greeter Jordan Hawkins ’17 will open Commencement with inspirational words to the graduating class. Get a sneak peak of his speech and other candidates’ submissions online.

Otterbein has selected Jane Grote Abell, founding family member and chairwoman of the board of Donatos Pizza, as its undergraduate commencement speaker.

Over the last four decades, Abell has held a variety of positions at both Donatos Pizza and Jane’s Dough Foods, Donatos’ food service commissary operations. In 1988, with a degree from The Ohio State University in organizational communications and a strong passion for people, she was promoted to chief people officer and served in this role during the acquisition by McDonald’s in 1999. During the four years with McDonald’s, Abell served as senior vice president of development and maintained her role as chief people officer. In these leadership positions, she helped steer the company’s business strategy. In 2003, Abell was a major catalyst behind the decision to purchase Donatos back from McDonald’s. In 2014, Columbus CEO Magazine named her CEO of the Year and Franchise Update Magazine listed her as one of the Top 24 Women in Franchising. Abell was also featured in CBS’s hit series Undercover Boss where she went undercover in Donatos restaurants.

The commencement ceremony for graduate degree candidates begins at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the Rike Center. Tickets are not required for your guests to attend the ceremony. There is no reserved seating. The doors to the Rike Center will open at 1 p.m.

David Blom, president and CEO of OhioHealth Corp., will be the graduate commencement speaker.

Blom is president and chief executive officer of OhioHealth, a not-for-profit, faith-based, health care system in Columbus. With 28,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, 11 hospitals and a 12th on the way, and $3.5 billion in net revenue, OhioHealth is devoted to its mission of improving the health of those it serves. Blom holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and master’s degree in healthcare administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as “CEO of the Year” by Columbus CEO magazine in 2011; as Business First’s Businessperson of the year in 2012 and was inducted into the Central Ohio Business Hall of Fame in 2009.

Being an Otterbein Cardinal doesn’t end at graduation; you’re a Cardinal for Life and we hope you’ll stay connected with Alumni Relations. Please share your news and updates with other alumni through Classnotes.

To make changes to your personal information, please email the Office of Alumni Relations at alumniinfo@otterbein.edu or update your information online.

There are many ways to stay involved with Otterbein, so tell us how you want to stay connected through our Get Involved Form. We STAND with you, and we hope you will STAND with Otterbein by donating to the Otterbein FUND to make a difference for future Cardinals!

For more information on undergraduate and graduate commencement, including a detailed list of events and other helpful reminders, visit www.otterbein.edu/commencement