In continuing with a tradition that has become a hallmark of Spring Hill College’s Commencement ceremonies, undergraduate and graduate students will walk down the Avenue of the Oaks on Saturday, May 4 to have their degrees conferred by President E. Joseph Lee II, PhD. Joining Lee will be Mike DeWine, Governor of the State of Ohio, as the featured Commencement speaker.
DeWine was elected in November 2018 to serve as the 70th Governor of the State of Ohio. He has a long and distinguished career in public service including the office of Ohio’s Attorney General and was also elected to serve as Greene County Prosecutor, Ohio Lt. Governor, Ohio State Senator, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator. Some of DeWine’s policy plans for the state involve focusing on early childhood education, fighting the opioid crisis and protecting the state’s water supply.
DeWine and his wife, Fran, are the parents of eight children, including their daughter, Anna, who graduated from Spring Hill College in 2014. That same year, the couple established the DeWine Family Scholarship, which benefits students from Ohio who need financial assistance to attend Spring Hill College. DeWine sits on the College’s Board of Trustees.
“The DeWines are advocates for the life-changing experience of a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education,” said President Lee. “Governor DeWine embodies the mission of being a man for others and we are so delighted to welcome him and the First Lady to Commencement.” DeWine will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the College.