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2019 Law Commencement

Commencement is a celebratory time on campus for graduates and their families and friends. Below are details for Law Commencement Week 2019.


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 16

Graduation BBQ

4:30 p.m. - Law Front Lawn

Graduates, faculty and staff of the Law College welcome.

RSVP to the Dean's Office.

Saturday, May 18

Commencement Rehearsal

2 p.m. - King Horn Sports Center

Sunday, May 19


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 419-772-4112 for reservations. Reservations required. 

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

1:15 p.m. - King Horn Sports Center

Commencement Begins

2 p.m. - King Horn Sports Center

Live streaming will be available. 

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


The longest-serving chief justice in the history of the Indiana Supreme Court, Randall T. Shepard is now a senior judge in the Court of Appeals of Indiana and a visiting professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

Shepard’s years as head of the state judiciary featured such milestones as plain-English jury instructions, minimum standards for death penalty representation, mandatory continuing legal education for lawyers, projects to increase the number of minority lawyers, programs on alternative dispute resolution, and workplace Spanish training for courts and clerks.

Before joining the Supreme Court, Shepard served as judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court, chief of staff to the mayor of Evansville, and special assistant to the under secretary of transportation in Washington.

He has held positions of national leadership in the legal profession, including chair of the National Conference of Chief Justices and chair of the American Bar Association Council on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which accredits the nation’s 200 law schools. Both Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Shepard to committees in the federal judiciary, a relatively rare honor for state judges.

Shepard periodically teaches law at Indiana University, Yale and NYU and at the Notre Dame law program in London. He has published some 55 articles in various law journals, and he was recently executive-in-residence at IU’s Public Policy Institute and interim general counsel for the CFA Institute, headquartered in Virginia.

Shepard earned an AB from Princeton University, a JD from Yale Law School and an LLM from the University of Virginia School of Law.