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Wilmington College Holds 136th Commencement

306 Degrees Conferred at Annual Ceremony

May 5, 2012

Mary Rose Zink, professor of psychology, congratulates Nick Huffman as the graduates make their way through a line of applauding faculty and staff following the ceremony.

Mary Rose Zink, professor of psychology, congratulates Nick Huffman as the graduates make their way through a line of applauding faculty and staff following the ceremony.

Wilmington College conferred 306 degrees and two honorary doctorates at its 136th Commencement May 5.

The Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, retired judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, presented the Commencement address to the Class of 2012.

Jones and David L. Raizk, former mayor of Wilmington and a WC alumnus, received honorary Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, respectively.

Wilmington College President Jim Reynolds presided over the ceremony with assistance from Board of Trustees chair Sidney Mishkin and Erika Goodwin, interim vice president for academic affairs.

Reynolds conferred the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees to graduates from WC’s main campus, Cincinnati Branch in Blue Ash and degree completion program at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Jones has been prominent in the legal profession for more than 50 years. He left private practice in Youngstown in 1960 after being appointed assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland. In 1967, he served as assistant general counsel to President Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission.

He assumed the responsibility of general counsel for the NAACP from 1969 to 1979. President Jimmy Carter then named Jones to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District, a position he held from 1979 through his retirement in 2002.

Raizk is a lifelong resident of Wilmington with a close affiliation with the College.

He is a 1968 graduate of Wilmington High School and an alumnus with WC’s Class of 1972.

He served for 17 years on the College’s Board of Trustees and chaired the Presidential Search Committee that brought Dan DiBiasio to Wilmington in 1995, and was a member of the Search Committee that selected Jim Reynolds as the College’s 18th president earlier this year.