Ted Strickland
Ted Strickland
PORTSMOUTH – Former Ohio Gov. and Congressman Ted Strickland will preside over Shawnee State University’s 2018 spring commencement.

Dr. Strickland is a longtime friend of SSU. He served as an assistant professor in psychology before beginning his political career. Dr. Strickland served as governor of Ohio from 2007-11. He also was a member of Congress.

After leaving office in 2011, he became a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, served as a U.S. Alternate Delegate to the 68th United Nations General Assembly, and was a member of the Governor’s Council at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Dr. Strickland also worked for one year as President of The Center for American Progress Action Fund before leaving to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Dr. Strickland is a first-generation college student. He holds a B.A. from Asbury University, an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from University of Kentucky, an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky.

Spring Commencement will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5 on the Alumni Green. Tickets are not needed for family members for the outdoor ceremony.

For more information about SSU’s 2018 spring commencement, including in the event of inclement weather and a link to watch the event list, visit www.shawnee.edu/commencement.