Facts on Spring 2014 Commencement
The Ohio State University
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Noon, Ohio Stadium
NUMBER OF DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES
PRESIDING OFFICER: Interim President Joseph A. Alutto
WELCOMING REMARKS: Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for Student Life
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Chris Matthews, host of Hardball on MSNBC
HONORARY DEGREES:The university awarded the honorary doctor of communication degree to Chris Matthews and the honorary doctor of science degree to Barry Bloom, the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health in the Harvard School of Public Health.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS: Distinguished Service Award were presented to Mac A. Stewart, former vice provost for Ohio State’s Office of Minority Affairs, who was essential in promoting the creation of a diverse student, faculty and staff population; and John B. “Jay” Gerlach, Jr., a 1976 graduate and chairman and CEO of Lancaster Colony Corp., who provides highly engaged leadership to many Ohio State groups.
NATIONAL ANTHEM and CARMEN OHIO: Jason M. LeGrair, candidate, Master of Arts.
ABOUT THE GRADUATING CLASS:
- 134 are veterans, including 113 undergraduate and 21 graduate students.
- 46 graduates are being commissioned as ROTC cadets, including 21 Army, 15 Air Force and 10 Navy.
- This is the second-largest graduating class in Ohio State University history. The largest was June, 2012, with 10,642 degrees awarded.