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Ohio State University to celebrate 425th commencement on Sunday

University will confer 1,763 degrees and certificates in virtual ceremony

The Ohio State University will confer 1,763 degrees and certificates during a virtual summer commencement on Sunday, Aug. 9. The ceremony marks the university’s 425th graduation.

The hour-long commencement ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. A pre-ceremony program featuring messages from graduates, deans and other university leaders from across all campuses will begin at 1:30 p.m. Both the pre-ceremony and the ceremony can be viewed by livestream on the commencement website and will be broadcast statewide on the Ohio Channel.

When the ceremony has concluded, video of the event – including the pre-ceremony program – will be made available to the public and television stations across Ohio at http://go.osu.edu/summercomm.

Excerpts from the commencement ceremony will be rebroadcast on WOSU-TV, Channel 34, at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, no graduates will be physically present. The ceremony, which will be held at the Schottenstein Center, will include a small group of university leaders and guests.

Provost Bruce McPheron will preside and the commencement address will be given by Michael Redd, an Ohio State alumnus, Olympic gold medalist and former NBA All-Star for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Graduates will receive their degrees and a copy of the commencement program in the mail at their permanent address. The university will hold a physical recognition event at a later date when it is safe to do so. Members of the graduating class will be actively involved in the scheduling and planning of that event.

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