Graduate commencement features address by Federal Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
Muskingum College held its graduate commencement service on May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Recreation Center on the campus. Both master of arts in education and master of arts in teaching degrees were conferred.
The commencement address, titled Educators as Stewards of Our Future, was presented by Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
In recognition of his achievements, the college conferred upon Judge Sargus an honorary doctor of humane letters.
Muskingum College President Anne C. Steele welcomed those assembled and said, "You have worked hard, and with great distinction, so that you may educate others. Take your passion for teaching and use it to make our communities, our nation and our world a better place.”
In his address, Judge Sargus told the graduates, “It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of a good education. It is the engine of our past, and it drives the future. Without teachers like you, none of our dreams would be possible. As stewards of our children, you are stewards of our future.”
Judge Sargus has served as a justice for the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio since his successful nomination by President Bill Clinton in 1996. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Sargus served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio from May of 1993 to August of 1996.
In 1975, he graduated with an honors degree in American history from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1978, he graduated from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was vice president of the Student Bar Association. In that same year, Judge Sargus was admitted to the practice of law and practiced in Bellaire until 1979 with the firm of Cinque, Banker, Linch, Groman and White. The next year, he became a member of the law firm of Burech & Sargus in St. Clairsville, where he served until 1993.
During those same years, Judge Sargus served as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General and as a director of the Ohio Citizens Committee for the Arts and the Ohio Environmental Council. He was also a member of the St. Clairsville City Council from 1987 to 1991, solicitor of Powhatan Point from 1978 to 1993 and law director for the City of Bellaire from 1990 to 1993.
In 1998, Judge Sargus received the annual President's Award from CHOICES, which operates the domestic violence shelter and counseling services in Columbus. In April, 1999, he received the annual Public Service Award from the Criminal Justice Research Center of The Ohio State University. In 2002, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court appointed Judge Sargus to the Judicial Conference Committee on Security and Facilities.