Ashland University Slates Baccalaureate Service

4/29/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University will hold a baccalaureate service on the evening prior to its commencement exercises.

Planned by graduating seniors involved in Ashland University's Student Senate and Religious Life ministries, the baccalaureate service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the University's Jack and Deb Miller Chapel. The event is open to all students and their parents, as well as interested members of the public.

The service will feature an address by Dr. Mark Hamilton, associate professor of philosophy titled "Putting First Things First." Hamilton, who joined AU in 1985, has studied and written extensively about sports ethics. He also serves as Ashland University's NCAA Faculty Athletic representative.

The service will incorporate the talents of a number of graduating seniors. Organist Kyle Gould, a music academic study major from New Philadelphia, Ohio, will provide the opening and closing voluntaries. Sarah Muse, a political science major from Van Wert, Ohio, will extend the welcome. Andrea Wiebe, a political science major from North Bloomfield, Ohio, will offer the invocation.

Special music will be performed by Emily Hoernschemeyer, a creative writing major from Plymouth, Mich., and Meg Plummer, an integrated social studies major from Galion, Ohio.

Emily Denholm, a marketing major from Uniontown, Ohio, will provide the Scripture reading, while Lauren Bernath, a West Unity, Ohio, resident majoring in fashion merchandising, will offer the prayer.

Jimmy Hoppel, a political science major from North Olmsted, Ohio, will introduce the speaker. Janine Foster, a political science major from Mantua, Ohio, will conclude the service with the benediction.

Ashland University (www.ashland.edu<http://www.ashland.edu>) is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University 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.