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162nd OWU Commencement on May 14


May 15, 2006

DELAWARE, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan will confer bachelor's degrees to 401 seniors during the 162nd Commencement on Sunday, May 14, at 1 p.m. in Phillips Glen.
           
This year's Commencement address will be given by Byron Pitts '82, national correspondent for CBS News. The Emmy award-winning Pitts has reported on the biggest stories of our time including 9/11, the war with Iraq, the tsunami in Indonesia, and Hurricane Katrina. Pitts majored in journalism and speech communication at OWU.
           
"Byron Pitts is an enormously accomplished man and by all accounts, a tremendous speaker," says President Mark Huddleston. "I'm really looking forward to this Commencement address."

During Commencement, Pitts will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. A reception in his honor will be held Saturday, May 13 from 4-5 p.m. in the Ross Art Museum. Punch and cookies will be served.
Sally Sikorski, University registrar, will present the Class of 2006 with degrees, followed by remarks from Anita Chandrasekhar, senior class president.
           
Other highlights of Commencement include the presentation of the President Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award and the Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for the Encouragement of Teachers.
           
Professor of English and Humanities-Classics James Biehl; Professor of Accounting Clifford Cook; Professor of Religion Morgan Phillips; and Professor of Education Connie Zitlow are retiring faculty who will be honored during Commencement.
           
Several departmental receptions will be held after Commencement in various locations.
           
The Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held May 13 at 8 p.m. in Gray Chapel with a reception to follow outside of University Hall.
           
"Many high schools do a baccalaureate in which a local pastor gives the graduates a sermon before the commencement ceremony," says Marian Homan '06. "That is not what Ohio Wesleyan's Baccalaureate is like."
           
"It's an inter-faith service where everyone is welcome," explains Naina Sood '06. "It's also a chance to show off the various talents of our class."
           
"Seniors will dance, sing, speak, and read to share with family and friends what our experience has been like at OWU," Homan says.
           
During Baccalaureate, the Religious Life Award for Seniors will be given as well as the awards for Faculty and Staff Members of the Year.