Live Link Provided for Winter 2019 Commencement Ceremony

12/14/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Winter 2019 Commencement will be held on Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in Kates Gymnasium inside the Physical Education Center on the Ashland University campus. The speaker for the event will be Brandon Edwin Chrostowski, founder, president and CEO of EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute in Cleveland, which provides formerly incarcerated adults a foundation in the culinary and hospitality industry whole providing a support network necessary for their long-term success.

No tickets will be required for the event, which is open to the public. The ceremony will be streamed live at – -- and also broadcast live in the Student Center Eagles’ Nest and the Student Center Auditorium. Faculty and students who are participating in the ceremony are to assemble at 9:15 a.m. in the Conard Field House located just west of the Physical Education Center.

A lunch event will be held following the graduation ceremony in the Student Dining Hall on the lower level of Myers Convocation Center. Each graduate and two members of his or her family will be guests of AU for the luncheon. Those planning to attend the luncheon following commencement should contact Dining and Conference Services at 419-289-5249.

Chrostowski’s mission is to teach a skilled and in-demand trade in the culinary arts, empower willing minds through passion for hospitality management and prepare students for a successful transition home.

Chrostowski said the idea for Edwins was born from “a break” that he received early in life. In 2007, he founded the Institute and his belief that “every human being regardless of their past has the right to a fair and equal future” is what drove the creation of Edwins.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.eduvalues 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. ###