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Lakeland commencement is May 14, Senator Rob Portman to deliver keynote

Posted: May 9, 2016

Lakeland will hold its 49th annual commencement exercises Saturday, May 14. More than 3,000 thousand friends and family members of the graduates are expected to attend the ceremony.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will be the keynote speaker.

Lakeland Commencement 2016 highlights include:

    > 938 students will receive degrees.

    > The oldest graduate is 79; the youngest are 17.

    > 100 College Credit Plus students representing 15 high schools are graduating.

    > Holden University Center graduates from partner institutions number 92 undergraduate and 48 graduate students.

The event hashtag is #Lakeland16.

The commencement ceremony will be broadcast on the Lakeland Cable Network on Time Warner (Channels 21 and 95) starting May 21 through June 30 at 8 a.m., 4 p.m., and midnight.

The commencement ceremony will be live streamed and can be viewed online at A recording of the ceremony will also be available on the college’s YouTube channel.

About Senator Rob Portman

Rob Portman is a United States Senator from the state of Ohio. He was elected in 2010, running a campaign that focused on commonsense conservative ideas to help create jobs and get the deficit under control. He won with a margin of 57 to 39 percent, winning 82 of Ohio's 88 counties.

Portman was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he lives today with his wife Jane, and their three children, Jed, Will and Sally. He grew up in a small business family, where he learned early on the value of hard work, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. When he was young, his dad, Bill Portman, borrowed money to start Portman Equipment Company, where he and his brother and sister all worked while growing up. His father, and then his brother, built the family business from a small forklift truck dealership with five employees, with their mom as the bookkeeper, to one that employed more than 300 people.

Portman became a lawyer and developed his own private practice, representing Portman Equipment Company and other small businesses. In 1993, he was a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Graydon, Head and Ritchey when he was elected to Congress, where he represented the diverse, seven county 2nd District in southern Ohio. Portman was proud to serve the 2nd District for 12 years, and in seven elections, he never received less than 70 percent of the vote.

During his time representing the 2nd District, he earned a reputation as a serious leader who focused on results. Portman was actively involved in crafting and promoting the historic welfare reform efforts as a member of the committee that wrote the legislation, and he was a forceful advocate of the balanced budget that passed in 1997. He gained the respect of both Republican and Democratic colleagues through his successful, bipartisan legislative initiatives, including several measures he authored to increase retirement savings, reform the IRS and add more than 50 new taxpayer rights, curb unfunded mandates, reduce taxes, and expand drug prevention and land conservation efforts.

In 2005, Portman left Congress when he was asked to serve as the United States Trade Representative, the Cabinet-level official responsible for implementing and enforcing U.S. trade policy. In his one year in the job, he was successful in reducing barriers to U.S. exports and increasing enforcement of trade laws to help level the playing field for American farmers, workers and service providers. Under his leadership, American exports increased and the U.S. brought successful legal challenges against international trade law violations.

Following his accomplishments as Trade Representative, Portman was asked to serve in another Cabinet post, this time as director of the Office of Management and Budget. A deficit hawk, he made his mark by proposing a balanced budget, fighting irresponsible earmarks, and putting in place new transparency measures for all federal spending.

During his first term in the U.S. Senate, Portman authored the Senate Republican Jobs Plan, a seven-point agenda for creating jobs in Ohio and around the country through commonsense policies including tax reform, regulatory reform, and skills training. He has been a champion for underprivileged children, an advocate for policies that reduce poverty and increase opportunity, and a leader on expanding exports and American energy production. The Senator has continued the work he began in the House of Representatives on drug abuse prevention and treatment and, through his efforts as part of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, he has played an important role in helping abused and exploited people around the world.

Portman is a member of the Finance Committee, Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs, Energy And Natural Resources Committee, and Committee On The Budget. He is also Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

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