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2018 Law Commencement

Commencement is a celebratory time on campus for graduates and their families and friends. Below are details for Law Commencement Week 2018.


Rooms at The Inn at Ohio Northern University may be reserved by calling 419-772-2500 (866-713-4513) or by visiting the website.




Thursday, May 17

Graduation BBQ

4:30 p.m. - Law Front Lawn

Graduates, guests, and faculty of the Law College welcome.

RSVP to the Dean's Office.

Saturday, May 19

Commencement Rehearsal

1 p.m. - King Horn Sports Center

Sunday, May 20


9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - The Inn at ONU

Graduates, families, friends, and faculty welcome. 

Cost: Graduating students are guests of the College of Law at no charge, adults - $18.95, children (age 4-13) - $7.95, children (3 and under) - free

Stay at The Inn and receive a $10 breakfast discount coupon applicable to the brunch.

Seating times are 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Please call 419-772-4266 or 419-772-4112 for the Sales Office. Reservations required. Please call 419-772-2500 or 866-713-4513.

Commencement Doors Open

12:30 p.m. - King Horn Sports Center

Babysitting available during the ceremony.

Guest should arrive by 1 p.m. and be seated by 1:30 p.m.

Graduating Students and Faculty Assemble for Processional

1:20 p.m. - King Horn Sports Center

Commencement Begins

2 p.m. - King Horn Sports Center

Live streaming will be available. 

Reception for graduates and their guests will be held in the law college following the ceremony.



Judge Jessica Price Smith, JD ’97, was appointed to a 14-year term on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 2011. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she is a graduate of Miami University, where she was among the first group of students awarded the prestigious Harrison Scholarship. She also graduated with distinction from the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review, Moot Court Board of Advocates, and the Willis Society, the highest academic honor society at the College of Law.

Price Smith began her legal career as the law clerk to the Hon. Randolph Baxter, United States bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Ohio, whom she succeeded on the bench. She spent two years as a bankruptcy associate with the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Immediately prior to becoming a U.S. bankruptcy judge, she was engaged in the private practice of law, representing corporate debtors, creditor committees and trade creditors in all aspects of commercial bankruptcy cases and out-of-court debt restructuring as a shareholder at Brouse McDowell LPA. She also has the distinction of being the first African-American partner in the firm’s 96-year history. In addition to practicing law, Price Smith was a legal studies faculty member at Ursuline College in the adult accelerated-education program.

Since her appointment to the bench, Price Smith has been an active member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges. She currently serves the organization as secretary of the Endowment Committee, a member of the Education Committee and a member of liaison committee to the National Bar Association. In the Northern District of Ohio Bankruptcy Court, she serves as chair of the Technology Committee and member of the Budget and Strategic Planning committees. She also serves on the Attorney Admissions Fund Committee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Price Smith continues to serve Ohio Northern University as a member of the Pettit College of Law’s Alumni Association Board, a role she has filled since 2006.

She balances her professional life with service to her community as a member of various civic boards and through her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jack and Jill of America, and the Drifters. She and her husband, Gregory Smith, are the proud parents of two sons.