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Facts on Spring 2017 Commencement

Facts on Spring 2017 Commencement

The Ohio State University
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Noon, Ohio Stadium

Number of degrees and certificates
Doctoral 279
Professional 782
Masters 1,849
Bachelors 8,196
Associates 625
Certificates 3
Total: 11,734

PRESIDING OFFICER: President Michael V. Drake

WELCOMING REMARKS: Javaune Adams-Gaston, vice president for student life

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Abigail Wexner, community leader, philanthropist and university trustee

HONORARY DEGREES: The university will award the honorary Doctor of Public Service degree to Abigail Wexner, the commencement speaker; and the honorary Doctor of Public Administration degree to Charles F. Bolden Jr., former astronaut and NASA administrator.

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS: Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Lucy Shelton Caswell, professor emerita and founding curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum; and Richard Stoddard, who worked at Ohio State in numerous administrative capacities for 37 years.

NATIONAL ANTHEM and CARMEN OHIO: Diana Robinson, candidate, Bachelor of Arts


  • The 2017 graduating class size surpasses the previous records of 11,235 set in 2016, and 11,040 set in 2015.
  • Among the graduates: 201 veterans and 46 ROTC cadets who were commissioned as officers.