Huntington, Ind.— Huntington College has announced the featured speakers for its 105th Commencement exercises to be held Saturday, May 17, 2003. The Honorable Paul R. Cherry, Judge of the DeKalb Circuit Court in Auburn, Ind., will deliver the baccalaureate address to graduates and their parents at 10:30 a.m., in the Merillat Centre for the Arts main auditorium. The annual commencement address, held on the campus’ front lawn at 3 p.m., will be given by John Nelson, Music Director of L’Ensemble orchestral de Paris.
Judge Cherry earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Huntington College in 1973. In 1977, he earned the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Ohio Northern University. He is also a 1994 graduate of the Indiana Judicial College. Judge Cherry serves as Chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, and for the past 18 years has served as a part-time professor of business law at Huntington College. On three consecutive occasions, he has been elected DeKalb County Circuit Court Judge. He has also served two terms as DeKalb County Prosecuting Attorney. In the past four elections, Judge Cherry has received more votes in DeKalb County than any other federal, state or local candidate from either political party. He has handled two death penalty cases and by special appointment by the Indiana Supreme Court, has presided as Special Judge in several high profile cases of complex litigation. He was named Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest civilian award, by the governor of Indiana. Judge Cherry is a member of the DeKalb County Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Judges Association and American Judicature Society. He is admitted to practice law in the Indiana courts, Ohio courts, United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Maestro Nelson is a versatile and highly accomplished conductor, serving as Music Director with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the Caramoor Music Festival in New York and now L’Ensemble orchestral de Paris. Maestro Nelson won the Irving Berlin Prize in conducting while studying at the Juilliard School. He has appeared with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. Maestro Nelson has been engaged with numerous European and Australian orchestras and has conducted the New Japan Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Shanghai Philharmonic. He made his professional opera debut at the New York City Opera in 1972, in Carmen and his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1974, in Les Troyens. He has conducted opera in major companies around the world including the Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Bastille Opera, Lyon Opera, Rome Opera, La Monnaie, the Netherlands Opera and the Welsh National Opera. Central to Maestro Nelson’s work is the interpretations of the great sacred choral literature. His commitment to this repertoire and his concern for the lack of 20th century sacred works led him to found SOLI DEO GLORIA, Inc., a non-profit organization which encourages composers and conductors to promote great sacred works in our time. Maestro Nelson has earned a Grammy Award for Handel’s Semele and a Diapason d’Or de l’annee for Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict.
Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.