Ashland University's Spring 2018 Commencement will be held May 5 at 10 a.m. at Miller Stadium in the Schar Athletic Complex off Broad Street. The special ceremony for the 140th anniversary of the University will be for both undergraduate and graduate students and will begin at 10 a.m., with the procession to begin at approximately 9:50 a.m. No tickets will be required for the outdoor ceremony.
The speaker for the event will be Dr. Tracy Ringo, who is a doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. Ringo is a native Clevelander who graduated from Bedford High School where she was inducted into the Bedford High School Hall of Fame in 2003. She went to the University of Akron where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; fulfilling a dream of becoming a doctor that she had since the age of 12.
She is dedicated to teaching and is a clinical assistant professor at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine where she trains third- and fourth-year medical students in her field. Ringo recently opened a new solo practice in Garfield Heights, Ohio, called Exclusively Skin, and her focus in this practice is on diseases of the skin.
Ringo is currently serving in the Ohio Army National Guard and was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She is the first African American female in the Ohio Army National Guard to reach the rank of Colonel and is currently the highest ranking African American female in the Guard in the state of Ohio. This year, she is celebrating her 30th year of service to her country.
GRADUATING STUDENTS AND FACULTY WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE OUTDOOR CEREMONY ARE TO ASSEMBLE AT 9 A.M. AT THE SOCCER FIELD AND TRACK LOCATED JUST SOUTHWEST OF THE FOOTBALL STADIUM. HANDICAPPED PARKING FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE CEREMONY WILL BE LOCATED IN PARKING LOT E, WHICH IS LOT LOCATED NEXT TO THE JOHN C. MYERS CONVOCATION CENTER AND AMSTUTZ HALL.
THE CALL WHETHER THE CEREMONY WILL BE INDOORS OR OUTDOORS WILL BE MADE BY 6:30 A.M. ON SATURDAY MORNING.
IF THE DECISION THAT MORNING IS TO GO INDOORS, THE CEREMONY FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WILL BE HELD IN KATES GYMNASIUM LOCATED IN THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION CENTER WHILE THE CEREMONY FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS WILL BE HELD IN HUGO YOUNG THEATRE LOCATED IN THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS. TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR THESE INDOOR CEREMONIES AND STUDENTS RECEIVED FIVE TICKETS EACH WITH THEIR GRADUATION PACKETS.
THE 9 A.M. LINEUP FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS AND UNDERGRADUATE FACULTY WILL BE IN THE CONARD FIELD HOUSE. THE LINEUP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS WILL BE AT 9:15 A.M. IN THE RECITAL HALL, ROOM 115, OF THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, WHILE LINEUP FOR GRADUATE FACULTY AND THE PLATFORM PARTY WILL BE IN ROOM 101/102 CENTER FOR THE ARTS.
HANDICAPPED PARKING FOR THOSE ATTENDING THE INDOOR CEREMONIES WILL BE LOCATED IN PARKING LOT A, WHICH IS ALONG KING ROAD ACROSS FROM THE HAWKINS-CONARD STUDENT CENTER.
You can watch the commencement ceremony live at www.ashland.edu/commencement and additional seating will be available in the Student Center Eagles’ Nest and the Student Center Auditorium, where the ceremony will be broadcast live at each venue.
A buffet luncheon will be held in Myers Convocation Center following the ceremonies and those attending can buy tickets at the door.