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Undergraduate and Graduate Students March in Otterbein University Commencements This Weekend

May 14, 2014 

131 Graduate Students Honored on Saturday, 508 Undergraduates on Sunday

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University will host commencement ceremonies for students graduating from its undergraduate and graduate programs this weekend.

Graduate Commencement
The commencement ceremony for graduate students will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at the Rike Center, 180 Center St. Degrees will be given to a total of 131 candidates in six programs, including seven in doctor of nursing practice; 75 in master of science in nursing; eight in master of science in allied health; 16 in master of business administration; 13 in master of arts in teaching; and 12 in master of arts in education.

Speaker: Jean Halpin, president of OhioHealth MedCentral Hospitals, will address the class. She has been with OhioHealth for the last 22 years in both clinical and administrative positions. She serves as chairman of the board of trustees for the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce and as secretary for the board of trustees for Westerville Area Resource Ministry. In 2011, Halpin was appointed by Governor Kasich for a second term on the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board. In 2010, she was named Business Person of the Year by the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce. She is an advocate of those with mental illnesses and autism. She volunteers as a Girl Scout leader and with Rotary International. Halpin received her master of health science degree from the University of Indianapolis and her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from The Ohio State University.

Undergraduate Commencement
The Class of 2014, with 508 students, will be honored at the undergraduate commencement ceremony at noon on Sunday, May 18, at the Rike Center. Of those students, 28 will graduate summa cum laude; 78 magna cum laude; 85 cum laude; 28 with honors and 18 with distinction. Additionally, 76 are legacy students, meaning family members have attended Otterbein before them.

Speakers: The class will be addressed by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and his wife, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Connie Schultz. Otterbein will present Brown with an honorary doctor of public service degree and Schultz with an honorary doctor of letters degree.

A native of Mansfield, Ohio, Senator Brown was elected to his first term in the United States Senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2012. Prior to being elected to the Senate, he served seven terms in the House of Representatives from Ohio’s 13th District (1992-2006); as Ohio’s Secretary of State (1983-1991); and in the Ohio General Assembly (1974-1982).

Since January of 2007, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has held more than 200 community roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties with students, local leaders and business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, workers and families to find ways to rebuild our economy. He has forged a reputation in Washington as a tenacious defender of the middle class, and a strong voice for workers, families, fair trade, and civil rights.

Schultz, a native of Ashtabula, Ohio, was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer for 18 years. She won the Pulitzer Prize for her columns on social justice in 2005, and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Her body of work has focused on the underprivileged and issues of social justice. Currently, she is a nationally-syndicated columnist with a regular feature in Parade Magazine and a frequent essayist and commentator for numerous publications and websites.

Student Speaker: The class will also be addressed by graduating senior Clark Tieman, who was selected from four students competing to become their class speaker. Tieman is a public relations and music double major with a minor in communication studies from McDermott, Ohio. His speech, as well as those of his competitors, can be seen here.

Live Streaming: Live online streaming of the undergraduate ceremony will begin with the commencement concert at 11:30 a.m. EST at www.stratumvideo.com/live-otterbein360mobile/. The ceremony will start at 12 noon EST on Sunday, May 20, and conclude around 2 p.m.

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