Ohio Dominican University will hold its 108th commencement ceremony at 11 a.m., Dec. 16, 2017. More than 130 students will have degrees conferred upon them as they are joined by ODU faculty, staff, alumni, and hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall, located on the University’s campus at 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. Baccalaureate will be held at 9 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel.
Renowned physician and former member of the ODU Board of Trustees Sterling W. Hedrick, M.D. will deliver the keynote address. He also will receive the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa.
“The culmination of the student experience is marked by the tremendous pride they feel when they receive their hard-earned degree, and we are excited and blessed to celebrate this occasion with such an outstanding class of graduates,” said Ohio Dominican President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. “In addition, it is a pleasure to recognize and honor Dr. Hedrick for the profound impact he’s had on the evolution of Ohio Dominican’s healthcare-related curriculum and partnerships, which has helped position ODU for future success while serving an important need in our community. It is my hope that our new graduates are inspired by his address and example.”
Hedrick is a graduate of Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus. He earned his bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio and his Doctor of Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at University Hospitals in Cleveland, associated with The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He previously served as co-director of the Musculo-Skeletal Teaching Module for Case Western Reserve University first- and second-year medical students.
Hedrick has spent the past 25 years in Central Ohio as president of the Columbus Arthritis Center. During his tenure, he has expanded patient services, making the center one of the largest rheumatology-specific centers in the nation. He has also served in clinical leadership positions as director of Rheumatology at Mount Carmel Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital, where he and his colleagues have also volunteered their time to staff outpatient clinics.
Hedrick is a former member of the ODU Board of Trustees, where he served as chair of the Education Affairs and Student Development Committee. He was a driving force in establishing Ohio Dominican’s Physician Assistant Studies master’s program as well as its Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. His leadership and professional relationships helped ODU establish its Early Assurance Program with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.