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Washington Times columnist John McCaslin and Harvard Business Review publisher Cathryn Cranston will speak to graduates at Old Dominion University's commencement exercises Saturday, May 7, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

Two ceremonies will be held for the approximately 1,810 candidates eligible for graduation. McCaslin will address graduates from the colleges of Arts and Letters, Engineering and Technology, and Sciences at the 9 a.m. ceremony. Cranston will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for the colleges of Business and Public Administration, Education and Health Sciences.

An award-winning political columnist for The Washington Times and Chicago Tribune syndicate -- his widely read daily column is titled "Inside the Beltway" -- McCaslin, a former White House correspondent under President Reagan, is author of the recent best-selling book, "Inside the Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops and Shenanigans from Around the Nation's Capitol."

Given his unique inside view of politics, coupled with his special brand of warmth and humor, he's been a regular on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN and even VH1. He's also been a panelist on National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday," and became popular as a substitute host for Rush Limbaugh and other talk-radio shows.

McCaslin is a 1980 graduate of Old Dominion University.

As publisher of Harvard Business Review, Cranston is responsible for the magazine's worldwide advertising sales group as well as related partnering and branding activities for the magazine. Based in the company's New York City office, she works closely with Harvard Business School Publishing CEO David Wan and HBR editor Tom Stewart to create new opportunities for extending HBR's global reach.

Cranston, who was been publisher since 2002, has repositioned the magazine globally, reorganized its worldwide sales force and was instrumental in growing the magazine's rate base. Prior to joining Harvard Business Review, she spent 11 years at The New York Times, where she held key advertising management and strategic planning responsibilities in both New York and on the West Coast.

Cranston is a graduate of Harvard University.

Timothy J. Sullivan, outgoing president of the College of William and Mary, will receive an honorary degree during the morning commencement ceremony. Prior to his presidency, he taught law at the University of Virginia and at William and Mary, where he also served as associate dean.

Active in public service, Sullivan has been executive director of the Governor's Commission on Virginia's Future, counsel for the Commission on the Future of the Virginia Judicial System and a member of the Virginia Board of Education. A graduate of William and Mary and a decorated Vietnam War veteran, he has served as William and Mary president since 1992.

G. Robert Aston Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of TowneBank, will receive an honorary degree during the afternoon commencement ceremony. Aston, who founded TowneBank in 1998, is a former president and current trustee for ODU's Intercollegiate Foundation.

Aston is heavily involved in the community, both within his company and personally. He created the TowneBank Foundation, which helps hundreds of charities and nonprofit organizations in Hampton Roads. He also serves as director of the Tidewater Builders Association and is a member of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation and the Hampton Roads Partnership. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Retail Banking at the University of Virginia.

The ceremonies can be viewed online at: http://studentservices.odu.edu/commencementlive. The audio/video stream requires RealPlayer, which is available for download at http://www.real.com.

For more information about commencement visit http://studentservices.odu.edu/commencement/index.html or call 683-3442.

This article was posted on: May 4, 2005

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