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Facts on Spring 2019 Commencement

Facts on Spring 2019 Commencement

The Ohio State University

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Noon, Ohio Stadium


Number of degrees and certificates

Doctoral             294

Professional       811

Masters            1,913

Bachelors       8,449

Associates         663

Certificates          83

Total:              12,213


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

PRESIDING OFFICER: President Michael V. Drake

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS (Global Public Square) for CNN Worldwide and columnist for The Washington Post

STUDENT SPEAKERS: Nick Frankowski, a native of Cincinnati and candidate for the bachelor of science in economics; and Melissa Martinez-Cuen, a native of Paulding and candidate for the bachelor of science in early childhood education

HONORARY DEGREES: The university awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Fareed Zakaria, the commencement speaker

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS: Distinguished Service Awards were presented to George W. Acock (BS ’63, architecture), founder and president of Acock Associates Architects and credited with the renovations of Pomerene Hall, Thompson Library and Sullivant Hall; Linda Kass (MA ’78), former university trustee, author and owner of Gramercy Books in Bexley; and William T. “Ted” McDaniel Jr., professor emeritus of music and African American and African Studies and specialist in jazz history, jazz performance and African American music

NATIONAL ANTHEM and CARMEN OHIO: Dylan M. Davis, candidate, master of music


  • The 2019 graduating class size is the largest in university history for the fifth consecutive year, surpassing previous records of 11,907 in 2018,11,734 in 2017, 11,235 in 2016 and 11,040 in 2015.