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Pride and perspective

A commemorative pin captures commencement memories for one alumna who’s just become the parent of a new Ohio State graduate.

Ginger Smith Stover and Evan Stover​

Ginger Smith Stover ’89, ’96 MA and Evan Stover ’20

This pin belongs to Ginger Smith Stover ’89, ’96 MA, who along with other graduates received it as a memento before her first Ohio State commencement. A teacher, Stover keeps it tacked to the bulletin board of her home office, where it reminds her of that day: She and her friend got stuck in traffic and arrived just in time. A drenching rain soaked her new blue shoes and stained her feet. (“That’s what I get for wearing blue,” she jokes.) Her father, who typically wasn’t affectionate, was the first to find and embrace her outside Ohio Stadium.

The Stover family is proud Evan Stover ’20 followed in his mom’s footsteps, and they’re looking forward to a yet-to-be-scheduled campus celebration of the Class of 2020. Evan graduated in May and watched a livestream of the virtual ceremony surrounded by family at home in Harrod, Ohio.

“Having to wait [for a future gathering] doesn’t change my accomplishments, though, or the direction my life is taking,” he says. “Four years ago, I had no idea I’d be graduating from Ohio State with two majors or getting accepted to my top master’s program. I’m privileged to be the second Buckeye of our family, and hopefully not the last.”

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