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Video celebrates the Ohio State class of 2020

University releases video in advance of virtual commencement

The Ohio State University is celebrating the class of 2020 with a special 30-minute video recognizing some of the achievements of this historic class.

The pre-ceremony video includes messages from more than 30 students, the deans of university colleges, President Michael V. Drake and Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron, and head coaches Chris Holtmann and Ryan Day.

The video will be livestreamed beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 3, at https://commencement.osu.edu/. It will lead into the university’s virtual commencement ceremony at noon, to honor undergraduate, master’s, professional and doctoral candidates. Almost 13,000 diplomas are expected to be awarded.

A selection of broadcast-quality highlights from the pre-ceremony video are available at the following link: https://go.osu.edu/BrV9 They may be used on broadcast or social media to highlight the university’s virtual commencement.

The hour-long commencement ceremony will be broadcast on WOSU and statewide on the Ohio Channel and will livestream at https://commencement.osu.edu/. Upon conclusion, video of the full ceremony will be made available to public and commercial television stations across Ohio at http://go.osu.edu/vcosu.

In light of COVID-19 restrictions on large gathering, no graduates will be physically present, and the university cannot accommodate on-site media coverage of the ceremony. Reporters are encouraged to cover the ceremony remotely.

The university announced plans on April 3 to hold the virtual commencement. 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 Class of 2020 will be actively involved in the scheduling and planning of that event.

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