FACTS ON AUTUMN 2012 COMMENCEMENT
The Ohio State University
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
2 p.m., The Jerome Schottenstein Center
NUMBER OF DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES
PRESIDING OFFICER: President E. Gordon Gee
WELCOMING REMARKS: Gretchen Metzelaars, senior associate vice president for Student Life.
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
HONORARY DEGREES: Ohio State awarded the honorary Doctor of Public Service to Hanna; the Doctor of Arts to Vikki Heywood, executive director of the Royal Shakespeare Company; the Doctor of Humane Letters to Ray S. Jackendoff, the Seth Merrin Chair in Humanities and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University; and the honorary Doctor of Science to Tobin J. Marks, professor of chemistry at Northwestern University.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD: The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Tanny Crane, president and CEO of the Crane Group and one of Central Ohio's most prominent business leaders; and Jim Tootle, one of university’s greatest advocates.
INVOCATION: Chaplain Joan Bolinger, Wexner Medical Center.
NATIONAL ANTHEM and CARMEN OHIO: Mr. Jaman Dunn, School of Music undergraduate student.