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U.S. Sen. John McCain to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan’s 2010 Graduation Ceremony

February 2, 2010

Sen. John McCain
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DELAWARE, OH – U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will discuss the importance of character and service when he delivers the keynote address at Ohio Wesleyan University’s May 9, 2010, commencement ceremony.

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate, has served as a federal lawmaker since 1982, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. After two terms in the House, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986.

McCain currently serves as the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Committee on Indian Affairs.

Jeffrey Thongsawath, Ohio Wesleyan senior class president, said McCain’s selection as commencement speaker is not about partisan politics, but about the students’ desire to hear from a national speaker with a legacy of public service.

“Senator McCain is the perfect speaker to honor our senior class, which possesses a high degree of scholarship, leadership, and service both inside and outside the OWU community,” said Thongsawath, a sociology/anthropology major and zoology minor from Groveport, Ohio. “He will also bring a lifetime of experiences to our commencement ceremony; an honor which is greatly deserved for our hard work over the past four years.”

In addition to his service as a lawmaker, McCain is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served his country for 22 years as a naval aviator. He spent more than five years as a prisoner of war and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions.

McCain also is an author and, working with Mark Salter, has written books that include “Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember” (2005) and “Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them” (2007).

Ohio Wesleyan University’s 166th commencement ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 9, in Phillips Glen outside of Phillips Hall, 50 S. Henry St., Delaware. The event also will be streamed live online and archived afterward on StreamOWU.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 57 countries.