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4/23/2013 - Dr. Santa Ono will deliver commencement address at Cincinnati State

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April 23, 2013

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Dr. Santa Ono will deliver commencement address at Cincinnati State
University of Cincinnati President Santa J. Ono will be the featured speaker at Cincinnati State’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 5.

The event will be held at the Cintas Center at Xavier University, beginning at 3 p.m.

This year 1,004 students will graduate from Cincinnati State. One of them will be Cathy Crain, chair of the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees and a student in its Sustainable Horticulture program.

The student address will be given by Yelena Simonova, a Summa Cum Laude graduate with associate degrees in applied business, business financial services and accounting. She also holds a BS degree in economics from Kazakh Economics University. Simonova is employed as a global buyer for P&G Specialty Chemicals and owns and operates VC Cleaning in Greater Cincinnati.

The commencement program will also recognize the 2013 recipients of the House/Bruckmann Awards for Faculty Excellence, Stani Kantcheva and Ryan Shadle, and a Distinguished Alumnus, Linda Pohlgeers, the associate dean for Cincinnati State’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Honorary degrees will be awarded to Elmer Hensler, the founder of Queen City Sausage, and Dianne Dunkelman, a Cincinnati philanthropist who was the founder and former CEO of Speaking of Women's Health®.

Dr. Ono is the 28th President at the University of Cincinnati. He arrived at UC in 2010 following his appointment as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was named President of the university on Oct. 23, 2012. He also holds appointments as Professor of Pediatrics with UC’s College of Medicine and as Professor of Biology in UC’s McMicken College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ono earned his PhD at McGill University and his BA at the University of Chicago. He trained in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard University under a fellowship sponsored by the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, and during the early stages of his career held a variety of teaching, research and administrative positions at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (and the Schepens Eye Research Institute), University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Prior to UC, Dr. Ono served at Emory University as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, while also serving as Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology in the Emory University School of Medicine. His research interests focus certain aspects of the human immune system, including the immune component of age-related macular degeneration.

 

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