Graduates prepare for Ohio State spring commencement

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Ohio State will award diplomas to nearly 10,000 – May 5. Nearly 10,000 students will receive their diplomas in Ohio Stadium on Sunday, May 5 and become the next generation of leaders. The graduates, who are among the brightest in the university’s history, enter the stadium at noon. The ceremony celebrates the academic achievements, dedication and commitment that each student has put forth to earn his or her degree. Diplomas will be given individually to each graduate, a practice rarely attempted by a university the size of Ohio State.President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address. Also during the commencement ceremony, honorary doctorates will be presented to President Obama, Annie Leibovitz,  one of the most influential photographers of our time; Thomas D. Pollard, a professor of cell biology and molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University, and Reinhard Rummel, who has dedicated his career to determining the earth’s gravity field with the utmost accuracy

Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to Carole A. Anderson, who has dedicated more than 25 years to The Ohio State University, both as a key administrator and a distinguished professor in the health sciences; George A. Skestos, who has three decades of leadership and philanthropy at the university and in the central Ohio community; and Justine “Tina” Skestos, a devoted public servant and Ohio State ambassador. Additional information is available at CONTACT: Amy Murray, (614) 292-8385.