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Chase Graduates

May 4, 2018– Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law awarded 134 Juris Doctor degrees and two Masters of Legal Studies to graduates during a commencement ceremony May 4 at BB&T Arena.

The Honorable Amul R. Thapar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit served as the Commencement speaker, sharing advice and lessons learned with the Class of 2018. Judge Thapar was awarded the Doctor of Laws honorary degree. Graduates also heard from the President of Student Bar Association Michael Bromell.

During the ceremony, Co-Acting Dean Michael Whiteman praised the Class of 2018 for being dedicated to the well-being of their community and also intensely dedicated to their studies. He also presented Jedidah Morrell with the Salmon P. Chase Award. 

“Jedidah’s commitment to addressing social justice issues and helping the underserved is inspiring,” said Acting Dean Whiteman. “Now with her law degree, I’m sure she will continue to do great things. We are proud to award her the Salmon P. Chase Award.”

Chase College of Law offers full-time and part-time programs of study, and has an enrollment of about 400 students on the NKU campus. In addition to traditional classes, students can participate in the college’s W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology, designed to prepare them for multi-discipline approaches to practicing law, and can gain practical experience in clinical programs in which they work with actual clients. Classes in the part-time evening division meet two evenings a week and some half-day Saturdays to allow students to balance careers and studies or to commute from outside Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.

Read more about our Spring Commencement graduates here.

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit