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Spring Commencement 2013

May 06, 2013

Congrats, Buckeye alumni!

Congratulations to Ohio State newest 10,143 Buckeye alumni. (Class of 2013: Tag yourself in our interactive commencement panorama, which works with Facebook tagging.)

By the numbers: The Class of 2013 is the second-largest graduating class in Ohio State history. Among the grads: 130 veterans and 50 who were commissioned as ROTC cadets. (More commencement facts.)

Words of wisdom from President Barack Obama: Obama's speech marked the third time a sitting president has given Ohio State's commencement address--and his fifth visit to campus in the past year and a half. "I'll ask for two things from the Class of 2013: to participate and to persevere," he told grads. "Your democracy does not function without your active participation." (Read the full speech.)

A farewell from President E. Gordon Gee: "We will get together on special occasions--a reunion, an art exhibit, at another commencement for your next degree. Know that we will always welcome you back. Wherever you go, whatever you do, Ohio State is a part of you."

With honors: The university honored seven at commencement. Doctorates were given to iconic photographer Annie Leibowitz; President Barack Obama; Thomas D. Pollard, a professor at Yale University; and Reinhard Rummel, who has dedicated his career to determining the earth’s gravity field. Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Carole A. Anderson, an administrator and 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. (See details.)