David Gergen, political advisor and commentator, has been selected as the speaker for Ohio State University’s Spring Commencement ceremony, scheduled for Sunday June 13, 2010 at noon.
Gergen is a professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has worked with Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. A senior political analyst, Gergen is also Editor-at-Large for US News and World Report and the author of Eyewitness to Power. Ohio State has welcomed David Gergen as a commencement speaker twice before, in 2002 and 2007.
There are several activities for graduates and their families during Commencement Week at Ohio State University.
Time and Change Tailgate – June 12, 2:30 PM
The Ohio State University Alumni Association will honor the Class of 2010 with a tailgate party featuring food, music and door prizes immediately following Commencement Rehearsal on the Northwest Lawn of the RPAC.
Commencement Eve Candlelight Ceremony
Several speakers will highlight the Candlelight Ceremony in front of Thompson Library on Saturday June 12 at 9:00 PM on the Oval. This will be the only opportunity for graduates to receive their class pin.
A competition will be held to give one student the opportunity to present the Commencement Eve address to his or her classmates.
Things You Never Got to See Tour
Throughout Commencement Week at Ohio State, grads and their families will have the chance to tour “behind-the-scenes” at a variety of locations throughout the Campus area.
Some of the highlights are a tour of the underground tunnels, the Orton Hall Bell Tower, the home of The Best Damn Band in the Land in the Band Center at Ohio Stadium, the Rooftop Greenhouse atop Parking Garage K on 12th Avenue and of course, the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex.
A complete map of the 23 tour sites is available here from the Office of Student Life.
Chalk the Walk – June 10 & 11, 10 AM-4:00 PM
Chalk will be provided and photographers will capture the moment as graduates have the opportunity to leave a message to the University. Chalk the Walk will take place on the Long Walk on the Main Oval.
Several other events are still in the planning stage. Ohio State spring graduates and their families should visit the Commencement Week website for up-to-date information.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State Office of Student Life