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Ohio Wesleyan to Hold Commencement Celebration May 13


May 4, 2007

Ohio Wesleyan University will celebrate its 163rd commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 13 at Phillips Glen outside of Phillips Hall, 50 S. Henry St. The featured speaker will be Thomas R. Tritton, Ph.D., a 1969 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the retiring president of Haverford College in Haverford, Pa. For the first time in the university’s history, the event also will be streamed online at stream.owu.edu.

Other events scheduled during commencement weekend include:

  • 11 a.m. May 12 – Phi Beta Kappa initiation at University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society with more than 500,000 members throughout the country.
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 12 – Reception in Schimmel/Conrades Science Center room 301, the space to be named in honor of the late John N. Chase. Chase, a 1949 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan, was a zoology professor who also served as vice president of academic affairs and provost at the university.
  • 8 p.m. May 12 – Baccalaureate celebration at Gray Chapel. Featuring an interfaith service, the event will include performances and readings by graduating students.
  • 11 a.m. May 13 – Legacy photo, for all 2007 graduates whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) attended Ohio Wesleyan. West steps of University Hall. Attendees will include Leonard Slutz ’34 and his granddaughter Susan Flanagan ’07, whose family has sent five generations to Ohio Wesleyan. As a member of the Ohio Wesleyan Board of Trustees, Slutz will hand his granddaughter her diploma during the commencement ceremony.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.