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Ohio University graduate commencement speaker offers call to action to recent grads

ATHENS, Ohio (June 9, 2006) -- Chester Pach, an associate professor in the Department of History, gave parting words and a call to action to the approximately 850 master's and doctoral graduates at Ohio University's graduate commencement on June 9 in the Convocation Center. 

Photo by Rick Fatica"I believe commencement is an occasion for looking back as well as ahead.  I'm a historian and I'm interested in connections between past and present," he said. "Graduates, during your time here, you have developed the knowledge, skills and creativity that can have larger social effects.  I hope that in the years ahead, you will thrive, succeed and prosper. But as you leave Ohio University, remember the advice of one of the most inspiring figures of the 1960s, adapted for today: ask what you can do for your country, for your community and for the world."

Pach received the 2005 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award. He is a faculty associate with the university's Contemporary History Institute, which provides historically grounded analysis of contemporary world affairs at both the national and international levels. 

Pach specializes in recent U.S. history and its involvement in world affairs. He is especially interested in U.S. politics and foreign relations since 1945 and the ways that the news media have affected government policymaking and popular understanding of international affairs. 

"In your future endeavors, I hope you will always strive for the highest levels of achievement and maintain the highest standards of integrity," Pach said.

Pach has been a member of the Ohio University faculty for 15 years. He earned his A.B. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Mark Mecum, president of Graduate Student Senate, also greeted the graduates. 

National Public Radio satirical commentator and Ohio University alumnus Brian Unger and former president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology Charles Vest, Ph.D., will speak at Ohio University's undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 10, at the Convocation Center. The commencement ceremony for the College of Osteopathic Medicine was held June 3.

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