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President Obama to Deliver Spring Commencement Address at OSU

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    Press Release:

    President Obama to deliver spring commencement address

    Columbus, Ohio — President Barack Obama will be the commencement speaker for The Ohio State University spring commencement. The ceremony takes place at noon on Sunday, May 5, in Ohio Stadium.

    “This is a historic occasion for the university, the city of Columbus, and our graduates and their families,” said President E. Gordon Gee. “We are honored to have President Obama address our graduates at the university’s largest commencement ever. To be sure, this is a signal moment in the life of one of the most vibrant and vital universities in our nation.”

    President Obama has begun his second term after making history when he was elected as the nation’s first African-American president.

    Obama is the third sitting president to deliver Ohio State’s commencement address. George W. Bush spoke to spring quarter graduates in 2002. Gerald Ford spoke to summer quarter graduates shortly after ascending to the presidency in 1974. In addition, both George H. W. Bush and Walter Mondale spoke to graduates when they were vice president.

    This will be Obama’s fifth visit to Ohio State in the last 16 months. Previous 2012 visits occurred in March, when he delivered a speech on alternative energy and energy independence; in May, when he officially kicked off his re-election campaign; in August, when he briefly visited the Ohio Union; and in October for a campaign rally on the Oval.

    Ohio State has long been a significant destination for visits by politicians, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, entertainers, authors, politicians and worldwide dignitaries, creating exceptional experiences for students. Over the last year, for example, in addition to President Obama, Ohio State has been host to Warren Buffet, Colin Powell, Geoffrey Canada, Brent Musburger, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, artist Annie Leibovitz and author Rebecca Skloot.

    Ohio State students are uniquely engaged with the community, twice earning recognition for excellence over the last month. The university has surged four places on the Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing schools, placing among the top 10 large universities. Currently, 80 Ohio State graduates serve as Peace Corps volunteers. Ohio State students also raised more than $600,000 for pediatric cancer research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the annual Buckeyethon dance marathon held earlier this month.

    Because the president is the commencement speaker, additional security measures will be in place. The university will require all guests to have a ticket. Each graduate may receive four tickets for their guests. Tickets are free, but graduates must present a photo ID to obtain tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket for commencement.

    This is the university’s first spring graduation on the semester system. Approximately 12,000 students are expected to graduate, the largest class in university history.

    Ohio State is unique among major universities in having one, university-wide commencement each semester at which each graduate receives his or her actual diploma.

    #534576

    Likes Old Houses
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    I graduated in 2002 when GWB spoke. I remember the Secret Service snipers all over the roof areas of the ‘Shoe and the towers. It was pretty cool having the President speak at your graduation, even if you didn’t vote for him.

    #534577

    Jman4ever
    Participant

    Freaking panderer.

    Oh wait, he’s already been re elected.

    #534578
    Snarf
    Snarf
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    Jman4ever said:
    Freaking panderer.

    Oh wait, he’s already been re elected.

    Anything not to do his job!

    #534579

    Jman4ever
    Participant

    In related news… tOSU Board of Trustees to designate Spring Commencement as Premium Seating Event.

    #534580

    Coy
    Participant

    adding 10 classes now…
    My undergrad speaker was effing Tom Ridge.

    #534581
    Jason Powell
    Jason Powell
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    Love him or hate him, not a bad way for me to bow out of my undergraduate studies. I mean, it’s the President of the United States for crying out loud.

    #534582
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Likes Old Houses said:
    I graduated in 2002 when GWB spoke. I remember the Secret Service snipers all over the roof areas of the ‘Shoe and the towers. It was pretty cool having the President speak at your graduation, even if you didn’t vote for him.

    Anne graduated then too, and I remember attending with her family. Long, long lines to get in that day with all of the extra security. ;)

    #534583

    leftovers
    Member

    Pretty neat to have the nation’s top dog, OSU has some pull.

    I recall the one for my small college was a cell phone shop owner who donated toward a new gym.

    #534584

    ricospaz
    Participant

    Good day to avoid campus, the airport, the roads in between, etc etc

    #534585

    susank
    Member

    Impressive! OSU does a lot to put our fair city on the map.

    #534586

    musicfan2
    Participant

    looks like the stage, video and sound budget just went up about $50,000.

    Next week the university announces tuition increases, salary caps for the football team, pay increase for bowtie man and football staff.

    #534587

    chaptal
    Participant

    First Spring Semester graduation. Early May could mean it might not be sweltering in the ‘Shoe.

    #534588

    joev
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    musicfan2 said:
    looks like the stage, video and sound budget just went up about $50,000.

    Next week the university announces tuition increases, salary caps for the football team, pay increase for bowtie man and football staff.

    LOL.

    #534589

    musicfan2
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    @Joev,
    yeah – hilarious – There was an announcement the university made about locking in tuition increases that popped up on the local news sites, right after I made my snarky comments.
    I am happy about that.
    affordable education from a state university is becoming not so affordable.

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