Ohio Dominican University will hold its 111th Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Approximately 200 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, located in Sansbury Hall.
Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, president of the Dominican Academy and former prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, ODU’s founding congregation, will deliver the keynote address.
“One of the most exciting times in the life of a University is when a new class of graduates unites and is recognized by family, friends and peers for their outstanding achievements,” said Ohio Dominican President Robert Gervasi, Ph.D. “As our new alumni prepare to begin the next phases of their lives, I am thrilled that they will have an opportunity to hear and learn from Sr. Margaret Ormond, who, through her work in ministry, has touched the lives of countless individuals around the world.”
Sr. Ormond earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Ohio Dominican University, and a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology and Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. She also received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Ohio Dominican in 2011.
Sr. Ormond currently serves as president of the Dominican Academy in Manhattan, New York, a Catholic college preparatory school for girls founded and supported by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Prior to serving as prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace from 2009 to 2015, she ministered as a consultant on leadership among African religious where she advocated on behalf of women. She also facilitated Dominican congresses in the Philippines, El Salvador, South Africa, Kenya, Peru and Hungary. In 1987, Sr. Ormond became the first international coordinator of Dominican Sisters International, and in 1986, was appointed by her Congregation to serve as co-director of Parable, a national organization that promotes Dominican life and mission.
Sr. Ormond has served on the boards of Ohio Dominican University, Albertus Magnus College, and the Sieben Foundation. In 2017, she received the Breukelen Institute’s Award of Merit.