Obama headlines list of graduation speakers

President to speak to Ohio State University graduates during Sunday’s commencement at Ohio Stadium.
TNS Regional News
Apr 30, 2013


Two United States senators, an Olympic fencer, and a priest are among those who will deliver the send-off addresses to college graduates across the state.

President Obama will speak to Ohio State University graduates during Sunday’s commencement at Ohio Stadium. His address requires a ticket.

Regional commencement ceremonies and speakers include:

The University of Toledo’s commencement events include two ceremonies Sunday at Savage Arena. At 9:30 a.m., Sandra Pianalto, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, will address graduates of the College of Business and Innovation, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and College of Languages, Literature, and Social Sciences.

At 2 p.m., Jeff Wadsworth, president and chief executive officer of Battelle Memorial Institute, will deliver a speech to graduates of the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science, and Human Service and the College of Adult and Lifelong Learning.

Bowling Green State University will hold three commencement ceremonies at the Stroh Center. A ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday will feature Kurt Ronn, founder of the recruitment firm HRworks. He will address graduates of the Graduate College, College of Health and Human Services, College of Musical Arts, and College of Technology.

A ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and the BGSU Firelands campus will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Gen. Anita Gallentine, who retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2012, will speak.

A ceremony for the College of Business Administration and College of Education and Human Development will be 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring an address by Phil Weller, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Dallas office.

Robert LaClair, president and chief executive officer of Fifth Third Bank (Northwestern Ohio), will deliver the commencement address 7 p.m. Friday at Owens Community College Student Health and Activities Center on the Perrysburg Township campus.

Monroe County Community College will hold its commencement ceremony 7 p.m. Friday at the Gerald Welch Health Education Building. Student speakers will be Natasha Wickenheiser and Melissa Birr.

The Rev. Neil Kookoothe, an attorney, registered nurse, and priest, will speak 6 p.m. Friday at the Mercy College of Ohio commencement at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo.

Barbra Higgins, an entrepreneur and fencer who competed at the 1984 Olympic Games, will speak at the Tiffin University commencement 2 p.m. Saturday at the Heminger Center.

Rick Little, founder and president of ImagineNations Group, will speak 3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Findlay commencement at the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex.

Siena Heights University will hold its commencement ceremony 3 p.m. Saturday in Adrian. There is no speaker.

Chris Bashinelli, who hosts the TV travel series Bridge the Gap, will speak at the Defiance College commencement ceremony at noon Sunday in front of the Pilgrim Library.

J. Denny Weaver, a Bluffton University religion professor emeritus, will speak at Bluffton University’s commencement 2 p.m. Sunday in Salzman Stadium.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.) will speak at Adrian College’s commencement ceremony 3 p.m. Sunday at the Commencement Plaza in Adrian.

Randy Oostra, ProMedica Health System president and CEO, will speak at the Terra State Community College commencement 7 p.m. May 10 in Fremont.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) will speak at the Hillsdale College commencement 2 p.m. May 11 on the Hillsdale, Mich., campus.

Marcia Sloan Latta, of the consulting firm Latta Strategies, will speak 2 p.m. May 11 at the Northwest State Community College commencement on the Archbold campus.

Lt. Col. Harold Brown, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, will speak 2 p.m. May 12 at the Heidelberg University commencement in Tiffin.

Robert Manning, Mars Exploration Program chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will deliver the commencement address at Ohio Northern University 2 p.m. May 12 at the university’s sports center in Ada.

Albert Stroucken, Owens-Illinois Inc. chairman and CEO, will speak 1 p.m. May 18 at Lourdes University’s commencement at the SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo.


By Vanessa McCray - The Blade, Toledo, Ohio (MCT)

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jack langhals

That is where you spew your venom,the young !


So glad I graduated years ago when we had a really good speaker. Not some telepromter king. How much you want to bet he once again will spill his agenda during the speech? The man can't help but talk about me me me me all the time. Heck, he even had to do it during Bush's Library speech. Sad.


Maybe he'll bring someone to explain how Obama Care is going to continue to destroy the jobs future for these graduates.
Or maybe he'll just explain to them how to live off unemployment and food stamps until we get some real leadership in DC.

jack langhals

They can live on it until everyone needs it.When no one works anymore it's done !

swiss family

I, for one think he is a great person to address graduation seniors.. I think that Graduations are supposed to be about going forth in the world, and making it a better place, and that they have the capacity to do anything that they want, to tell them to put their goals high, and achieve the impossible, even if it is against all odds, much like our President did

He is after all the historically first black man to become President, who would have ever dreamed that he would be able to pull that off, especially if you can remember all of the discrimination and segregation that existed in our lifetime. It wasn't that long ago, that the separation was so clear and acceptable, The blacks had their own entrances, they could not look white people in the eyes, etc...I think he is the best example in modern times to tell the graduates that they can reach any goal that they challenge, despite all the opposition set in place to stop them..I would think , that even if you don't agree with his politics, you would still admire his accomplishments and would agree that he is a perfect example of shooting for the stars, and actually getting there..

jack langhals

You still don't get it.These people aren't self promoted,they are pushed by the forces.They both had to surrender their law license.you don't voluntarily surrender them it is because you are asked.He claims to be a Law Prof at Chicago U,he was a part time teacher.Every word out of his mouth is a lie,just who I would want motivating my children.He just supported the overthrow of Egypt by a Muslim determined to destroy the U.S.and Israel.Left the Benghazi troops to die,he and HILLY BILLY.What has to happen to you people to get your heads out of your Axx,the big egg hit you there?


It is YOU that doesn't seem to get it. He is the perfect example of how setting and reaching your goals are possible. Is the U.S. or Israel destroyed? NOPE! He did the proper thing by letting Egyptians decide their future. You can hate the man and his policies but the fact is he has earned respect and worked hard to get where he is. I would not want you motivating your own children or anyone else's'. You are not a victim of this or any administration so quit HATIN'!!!!!!!!


So deer....you say he worked hard to get where he is. What about the millions of other people that have worked hard to get where they are....make great money....yet you bash them all the time? Mitt Romney for example....you bashed him. He worked hard to get where he is, so why not give the same respect you want everyone else to give Obie. What it comes down to with you is all about sides. If they are Dem, they can do no wrong. I don't hear you bashing Al Gore much? Quit HATIN!!!!!!!!!


Don't bother with swissy and queertracker, they are so riddled with white guilt that they will never be able to look critically at this President. They are too afraid of being labeled racists. Maybe in a few years when we are finally rid of his royal highness we can finally have an honest discussion without the fear of racism.

jack langhals

He had every chance to be a great leader,and I do not hate him, but the policies he has implemented.They were warned about the Boston Nut cases in 2012 by the Saudi's,They want these things to happen so he can declare Martial Law.Why do think the feds are buying up all the ammo.You as naive as my family was before WW2.He came out of nowhere and was led into this by the powers of the world.You don't really think he was elected honestly.No one brings down the Clinton's without a lot of power behind them.The Clinton,s got rid of 33 people during their Adm.Now there is a power to be reckoned with !Now if you think I have problem with blacks your wrong.I served with blacks in the service,in fact we had 25 in our barracks and this was during segregation.I also worked at NASA with several and we were great friends !And incidentally my children are all very successful as well as my step children.Now if you want to get informed call me I am in the book.but I feel you are close minded and only interested in your opinion.By the way one of my son's is the High School Hall of Fame,thank God I didn't motivate him any !