Facts on Spring 2016 Commencement
The Ohio State University
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Noon, Ohio Stadium
NUMBER OF DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES
PRESIDING OFFICER: President Michael V. Drake
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health
HONORARY DEGREES: The university awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters to Fauci; the honorary Doctor of Science to Louis J. Ignarro, a pharmacological pioneer and research scientist who has revolutionized the field of cardiovascular biology; and the honorary Doctor of Business Administration to Richard T. Santulli, a visionary entrepreneur, businessman and founding father of two major aviation industries.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS: The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Robert L. Caldwell Jr., a Columbus civic leader who has dedicated himself to enacting societal change and improve the quality of life for residents in many University District neighborhoods, and to Nancy Hardin Rogers, who devoted more than four decades of service to Ohio State and the Moritz College of Law.
ABOUT THE GRADUATING CLASS:
• With 11,235 degrees awarded, this is the largest graduating class in Ohio State University history. The second-largest was May 2015, with 11,040 degrees awarded. Third largest was June 2012, with 10,642 degrees awarded.