4/14/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s 2014 Commencement will be held on May 10 at 10 a.m. at Miller Stadium, located in the Dwight Schar Athletic Complex off Broad Street. The speaker for the event will be Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center. If the ceremony is held indoors, tickets will be required for the event and each student will receive three tickets per graduate. To accommodate additional family members if the ceremony is moved indoors, the ceremony will be streamed live at www.ashland.edu and broadcast live in the Student Center Eagles’ Nest and the Student Center Auditorium.
The decision regarding the location of commencement will be made by 6:45 a.m. on the morning of Commencement and will be posted to the homepage at www.ashland.edu.
In addition to the Commencement ceremony, a Baccalaureate ceremony, coordinated by Student Senate and Religious Life, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 9, in the Chapel. Graduating seniors and their families are encouraged to attend.
Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder returned to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2007, having previously served there for 30 years. He currently is serving his fourth consecutive term and was re-elected by his colleagues to serve a second term as House Speaker during the 130th General Assembly. He is the second-longest serving Representative in the House.
Batchelder graduated from Medina High School in 1960. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1964, as well as a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1967.
Batchelder has established a long career in practicing and teaching law. He spent 31 years of his professional career at the Williams and Batchelder Law Firm in Medina, Ohio, while serving as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Akron Law School and as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs. Additionally, he has served as a judge for the Medina County Common Pleas Court, a judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals from 1999 to 2005, and as a presiding judge on the same court of appeals from 2000 to 2001.
During his tenure in the House, Batchelder has been recognized numerous times with the Watchdog of the Treasury Award. He also received the 4-H Meritorious Service Award and the Friends of 4-H award.
The Ohio State Volunteer Firefighters Association recognized his service to Ohio firefighters throughout his career. For outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the nation’s natural resources, Batchelder received the Conservation Legislators Award from the League of Ohio Sportsmen and the National Wildlife Federation.
Batchelder is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Medina County Township Association and the Grange. He is also a lifetime member of Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion and Amvets. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Masonic Learning Center for Children, an organization that treats children with dyslexia. He is also an active participant in the Scanlon Inn of Court, serves as a Trustee for Buckeye Boy’s State, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs.
Batchelder represents the 69th House District, which includes portions of Medina County. He currently resides in Medina with his wife, Alice. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###