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Ohio State to award 3,000 degrees at autumn commencement

Columbus, Ohio – Commencement ceremonies for about 3,000 autumn semester graduates will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20, in the Jerome Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive. 

Doors to the Schottenstein Center open at noon. No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The musical prelude in Value City Arena is from 1:30 to 2 p.m. The class processional moves into the arena at 2 p.m. The ceremony will last approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Ohio State President Michael V. Drake will preside, and the commencement address will be given by Frank Shankwitz, co-founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The entire ceremony will last about 2 1/2 hours.

Each graduate will receive his or her own diploma at the ceremony, a practice rarely attempted by a university the size of Ohio State.

During the ceremony, Ohio State will award the Joseph Sullivant Medal to Thomas D. Brock, who earned his B.S. (1949), M.S. (1950) and Ph.D. (1952) in botany at Ohio State. He is credited with the discovery of microorganisms that not only survive but grow at very high temperatures in the geothermally heated waters in Yellowstone Park hot springs. The discovery is considered one of the fundamental milestones of microbiology. Brock is retired and is the E.B. Fred Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition, the university will award the honorary Doctor of Science degree to Sir Adrian F.M. Smith, vice chancellor of the University of London, who has made diverse contributions to Bayesian statistics.

Ohio State will also present the Distinguished Service Award to Mabel Freeman, former assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, who played a pivotal role in the lives of a generation of Ohio State graduates.

WHAT: Ohio State University autumn commencement

WHEN: Graduates enter the Schottenstein Center beginning at 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Jerome Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive