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President Obama to Give Ohio State Spring Commencement Address

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US President Barack Obama will give the commencement address at Ohio State this coming May.

President Barack Obama will give the commencement address to Ohio State University’s graduating class this coming May.

“This is a historic occasion for the university, the city of Columbus, and our graduates and their families,” Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee said in a press release sent out by the university. “We are honored to have President Obama address our graduates at the university’s largest commencement ever.”

Obama will be the third sitting U.S. President to deliver the commencement address at Ohio State. George W. Bush addressed the spring graduating class in 2002, and Gerald Ford gave the commencement speech in 1974.

George H.W. Bush and Walter Mondale both gave commencement addresses when they were vice president.

This will be the first spring graduation since Ohio State switched from quarters to a semester schedule. About 12,000 students are expected to graduate on May 5, the largest graduating class in the university’s history.

Since Obama will give the commencement address, security will be increased. Everyone attending the graduation ceremony must have a ticket. Each graduate is allotted four tickets.

Graduates won’t need a ticket.



  • A VERY disheartened Buckeye

    Gordon Gee spoke at my commencement from Veterinary School and I wasn’t impressed, now I am just disappointed and saddened that Obama would be invited to speak at The Ohio State University!!!!!!! Due to Obama’s policies 1/3 of future graduating classes will be missing due to their murder in the womb.

    • Tom

      Are you insane?

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