Photo Caption: Nancy Cartwright, voice of Bart Simpson and others; graduate of OU.
Nearly 6,000 Ohio University graduate and undergraduate students will become alumni during the university's 2012 Commencement Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9, at the Convocation Center in Athens.
Emmy award-winning actress Nancy Cartwright will serve as the Commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremonies Saturday. Famous for her voicing of television's Bart Simpson, Cartwright is a native of Kettering, Ohio, who began her postsecondary education at Ohio University. In 2005, she established a scholarship at Fairmont High School for students who want to pursue speech, debate, drama or music at Ohio University. She also is a past member and lifetime supporter of the university debate team.
In 2010, Cartwright returned to campus to deliver the keynote address for the National Forensics Association Tournament, met with students, and was inducted into the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame. The university will bestow Cartwright with an honorary degree during the morning commencement ceremony June 9, according to the release.
Master's and doctoral degrees will be granted Friday, June 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the Convocation Center. The 2011 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award recipient, Duane McDiarmid, associate professor and chair of sculpture in the College of Fine Arts, will serve as the 2012 graduate commencement speaker.
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. Dean Emeritus of OU Libraries, Hwa-Wei Lee, will receive an honorary doctorate.
The university's College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, College of Health Sciences and Professions and Honors Tutorial College undergraduates will be recognized during the ceremony at 2 p.m. Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Michael E. Jackson will receive an honorary doctorate.
Doors to the Convocation Center open at approximately 8:15 a.m. for morning exercises and 1 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony.
Public parking is available in all dark green and purple campus lots except for signed and metered spaces. The Convocation Center parking lot is reserved for handicap parking. A map of all parking lots on the Athens campus is available at www.ohiou.edu/athens/parking/. Members of the Ohio University Police Department will also be on site to assist with parking.