Correction appended.

Ohio University will welcome one of its very own, Distinguished Professor Thomas H. Carpenter, to the stage in December to deliver the Fall Semester commencement address.

Carpenter, who previously served as chair of the Department of Classics and World Religions, has been an OU faculty member for nearly 21 years, and currently directs the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities, according to a news release.

“Dr. Carpenter is a Distinguished Professor of Classics, an exceptional teacher and scholar who is a dedicated member of the Ohio University community,” OU President Duane Nellis said in the news release. “In a time of celebration and new beginnings for our graduates, I know Dr. Carpenter will share in their excitement as the Fall Commencement speaker and look forward to hearing his remarks during the ceremony in December.” 

Carpenter was trained as a classical archaeologist, and holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University and Oxford University. An expert in the religion and iconography of ancient Greece, he has published numerous books, including “Art and Myth in Ancient Greece,” which has been translated into six languages. 

One of his most recent books, which centers on the Italic peoples of 4th Century BCE Italy, was the first book in English to focus on the Italic.

The university’s fall commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, Dec. 16 in The Convo at 2 p.m. 


Clarification: The article has been updated to clarify who the photo was provided by.

Correction: A previous version of this report misspelled the name of Johns Hopkins University. The article has been updated to reflect the most accurate information.

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