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2016 Otterbein University Undergraduate Commencement Recap and Highlights

Otterbein friends celebrate their commencement!

Congratulations to the 478 undergraduate members of the Class of 2016! Your graduation ceremony on May 1 was the first step toward an exciting future. We can't wait to see your successes as you make your impact on the world. Keep in touch and share your stories with us!

If you want to relive the day or share it with family and friends who were unable to attend, check out the highlights below.

Highlights and More Information

Congratulations, graduates!

2016 Undergraduate Commencement Video

Class of 2016 Thank You Video

Find out what the class of 2016 will miss most about Otterbein!

Previous Commencement Speakers

  • 2001    Dimon Richard McFerson, former Chairman and CEO of Nationwide
  • 2002    John Magaw, National Undersecretary of Transportation Security
  • 2003    Roderick G. W. Chu, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents
  • 2004    Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges
  • 2005    Jason Carney, a double major in philosophy and English, Class of 2005
  • 2006    Geneva Hyman, BFA in acting, Class of 2006
  • 2007    David Eisner, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service
  • 2008    Eric Frisch, music major, Class of 2008
  • 2009    Manny Brown, sociology major, Class of 2009
  • 2010    Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of Battelle
  • 2011    Chris Jansing, NBC News correspondent
  • 2012    Peter Lee, corporate vice president of Microsoft Research Redmond
  • 2013    Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France
  • 2014    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and his wife, Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
  • 2015    Stephen Steinour, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated
  • 2016    Donna James, managing director of Lardon & Associates, LLC


  • 2004    Dennis Farrow, the senior vice president, Midwest Region of Wendy’s International
  • 2008    Dr. Carl F. Kohrt, President and CEO of Battelle
  • 2009    Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Chief Medical Officer, OhioHealth
  • 2010    Autumn Tooms, Associate Professor of Educational Administration, Kent State University
  • 2011    Philip H. Cass, Ph.D., CEO of the Columbus Medical Association Foundation
  • 2012    Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, associate VP for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University
  • 2013    James W. Mahoney, executive director of Battelle for Kids
  • 2014    Jean Haplin, chief operations officer for OhioHealth Neighborhood Care
  • 2015    Tony R. Wells, chief executive officer of the Tony R. Wells Foundation
  • 2016    Kerrie Adams ’98, senior director of enterprise analytics at Lowe’s

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The Office of the Registrar is located in Towers Hall, Room 27.
p/ 614.823.1350 
f/ 614.823.1009 

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Mailing Address: 
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Office of the Registrar 
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Westerville, OH 43081