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April 23, 2014

Ohio University to hold graduate and undergraduate Commencement 

More than 4,000 Ohio University graduate and undergraduate students will become alumni during the University’s 2014 Commencement ceremony set for Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, at the Convocation Center in Athens.

A stalwart supporter of the University and 1966 alumnus, Charles “Chuck” R. Stuckey, Jr. will serve as the undergraduate commencement speaker. Chairman emeritus of computer security giant RSA Security, Stuckey has led a 40-year career in Information Technology beginning as a systems engineer with IBM. He later held positions in sales and general management with IBM and Control Data Corporation, and most recently RSA Security, where he served as its president and chief executive officer for 14 years and chairman of the board until 2006. Under his leadership, RSA grew from 18 employees in 1987 to 1,500 employees in 2006 and was ranked as one of the top 100 security software companies in the world.

Master’s and Doctoral degrees will be granted Friday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m. in the Convocation Center. The 2013 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award recipient, Aimee Edmondson, assistant professor of journalism in the Scripps College of Communication, will serve as the 2014 graduate commencement speaker. In addition to honoring Ohio University graduates, this ceremony will also honor Ambassador Tebelelo Mazile Seretse with the conferral of an Honorary Doctor of Public Service and Raymon B. Fogg, Sr., with the conferral of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

The first of Saturday’s two undergraduate commencement ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will honor students from the following colleges: College of Business, College of Fine Arts, Regional Campuses, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Scripps College of Communication and University College.

Undergraduates from the University’s College of Arts & Sciences, Patton College of Education, College of Health Sciences and Professions, Center for International Studies and Honors Tutorial College will be recognized during the ceremony at 2 p.m.

WHAT: Ohio University graduate and undergraduate Commencement ceremonies

WHEN: Graduate degrees, Friday, May 2, at 9:30 a.m. Undergraduate degrees, Saturday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Doors to the Convocation Center open at approximately 8:15 a.m. for morning exercises and 1 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.

WHERE: Convocation Center, Richland Avenue, Athens. Media representatives are asked to enter on the west side (pass gate entrance) of the Convocation Center where they can check in at the media table to receive press passes and instructions.

Public Parking is available in all dark green and purple campus lots except for signed and metered spaces, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Please note that several University parking lots will be closed beginning at 11 p.m. on these dates to prepare for upcoming events. The Convocation Center parking lot is reserved for handicap parking. A map of available parking lots on the Athens campus and additional Commencement parking information is available at:

Members of the Ohio University Police Department will also be on site to assist with parking.

ADDITIONAL: Note to the media: Press passes must be obtained from the University Communications and Marketing representative at the media check-in table located at the west side (pass gate) entrance of the Convocation Center.

All media must enter the main floor and move onto the reserved press riser to the right of the stage before the procession begins. All media must remain on the riser for the duration of the ceremony. Photographers and videographers are permitted to move to the front of the stage for 1 minute of filming when speakers take the podium, then return to the riser. All media should present in business attire.

Additional visitor information regarding Commencement 2014 can be found at:

Media contact: Jennifer Krisch, communication specialist, at 740-597-1939 or


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