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Hooding Ceremony to be Held May 7
E. Gordon Gee will speak to graduates
May 4, 2004
The end of the legal education of nearly 220 students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law comes to an end on Friday, May 7 when they receive their academic hoods at the Ohio Theatre, 39 East State Street. The ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m., symbolizes the passage from student to graduate.
On June 13, the juris doctor degree will be awarded to each graduate during Ohio State’s spring quarter commencement ceremonies.
The graduating class represents 57 different undergraduate degrees from 102 colleges and universities. They come from around the world, including four from Korea. Many of them have chosen to stay in Ohio to practice law, take additional schooling, or use their law degree in another profession. However, many will be moving to other states to work or study, including Texas, Florida, Virginia, North Dakota, Kentucky, New York, Colorado, Illinois, Montana, and Michigan.
E. Gordon Gee, former president of The Ohio State University and now chancellor at Vanderbilt University, will speak to the graduates. One of the most experienced chief executives in higher education, Gee also served as president of Brown University, the University of Colorado, and West Virginia University.
A joint degree recipient in law and education from Columbia University, he completed a federal judicial clerkship, after which he served as an assistant dean for the University of Utah College of Law. After holding this position, he served as a judicial fellow and senior staff assistant for United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger.
He then became associate dean and professor at J. Reuben Clark Law School of Brigham Young University and next served as dean of the law school at West Virginia University. It was at West Virginia University that he made the transition from law school administrator to university president.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. Senators and Representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with non-profit organizations and public interest law organizations.