Father Wilson Miscamble to Address ODU’s 101st Commencement

Rev. Wilson Miscamble


Columbus, OH Ohio Dominican University (ODU) will hold its 101st commencement exercise at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Approximately 300 students will have degrees conferred upon them as they are joined by hundreds of family and friends in Alumni Hall, located on ODU’s main campus, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219. 

Father Wilson (Bill) Miscamble, C.S.C., Ph.D., professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver the commencement address. 

Fr. Miscamble is a courageous and compelling proponent of Catholic higher education and the need for all Catholic universities to work to restore and strengthen their Catholic identities,” said ODU President Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D. “Fr. Miscamble will share his perspectives on how our students can use their faith-based education for personal, professional and spiritual growth.” 

Miscamble joined the permanent faculty at Notre Dame in 1988 and chaired the History Department from 1993 to 1998. He served as rector and superior of Moreau Seminary from 2000 to 2004. 

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Miscamble, a native of Australia, served as North American analyst in the Office of National Assessments in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra, Australia. 

Miscamble earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Ph.D. in History from Notre Dame. He entered the priestly formation program of the Congregation of Holy Cross at Notre Dame in 1982, and was ordained a priest in 1988. 

Miscamble is widely published and has received numerous awards for his books, articles, essays and reviews, including multiple Harry S. Truman Book Awards. He writes and lectures frequently on the topics of Catholic higher education as well as Catholics and public life. In his book “Keeping the Faith, Making a Difference” (2000), Miscamble notes, “… our religion, our faith, does not take us out of life, but energizes and gives meaning to everyday life. It links us in solidarity to a community that stretches back 2,000 years.” 

Ohio Dominican University is a comprehensive, four-year, private, liberal arts and master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 45 majors as well as 11 graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.