Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar will deliver the commencement address at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2018. The ceremony will take place Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Playhouse Square’s Connor Palace Theatre.
President Ambar, who earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland State University during the ceremony, as will C|M|LAW graduates Judge Patricia A. Blackmon ’75 and Judge Melody J. Stewart ’88.
"We are honored to have these three outstanding leaders in law and higher education as our commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients. They have demonstrated outstanding leadership and a commitment to service that will inspire our school's graduates as they prepare to make their marks through justice," said Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Lee Fisher.
Ambar was named Oberlin’s 15th president and first African-American leader in the institution's 184-year history in May. Prior to Oberlin, she served as the president of Cedar Crest College, president and dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University and as assistant dean of graduate education at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. As an attorney, she previously worked in the New York City Law Department as an assistant corporation counsel.
Judge Blackmon has sat on Ohio’s Eighth District Court of Appeals for 27 years and is the first African-American woman in Ohio to serve on any of the state’s appeals courts. She previously served as a chief prosecutor for the City of Cleveland and the city’s first night prosecutor. Blackmon was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996 and was an inaugural inductee of the C|M|LAW Hall of Fame in 2017.
Judge Stewart has sat on Ohio’s Eighth District Court of Appeals for 12 years. She previously served as an assistant law director for the cities of Cleveland and East Cleveland and had a distinguished career in academia. She served as a full-time faculty member and assistant dean at C|M|LAW, taught at the University of Toledo College of Law and Ursuline College, and was director of student services at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Stewart was an inaugural inductee of the C|M|LAW Hall of Fame in 2017.
A ticket is required for all attendees of the commencement ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, graduates and guests will be invited to attend a reception at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.