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President Obama To Deliver OSU Spring Commencement Address

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President Barack Obama will be the commencement speaker for The Ohio State University spring commencement. The ceremony takes place at noon on Sunday, May 5, in Ohio Stadium.

"This is a historic occasion for the university, the city of Columbus, and our graduates and their families," said President E. Gordon Gee. "We are honored to have President Obama address our graduates at the university's largest commencement ever. To be sure, this is a signal moment in the life of one of the most vibrant and vital universities in our nation."

Obama is the third sitting president to deliver Ohio State's commencement address. George W. Bush spoke to spring quarter graduates in 2002. Gerald Ford spoke to summer quarter graduates shortly after ascending to the presidency in 1974. In addition, both George H. W. Bush and Walter Mondale spoke to graduates when they were vice president.

This will be Obama's fifth visit to Ohio State in the last 16 months. Previous 2012 visits occurred in March, when he delivered a speech on alternative energy and energy independence; in May, when he officially kicked off his re-election campaign; in August, when he briefly visited the Ohio Union; and in October for a campaign rally on the Oval.

Because the president is the commencement speaker, additional security measures will be in place. The university will require all guests to have a ticket. Each graduate may receive four tickets for their guests. Tickets are free, but graduates must present a photo ID to obtain tickets. Graduates do not need a ticket for commencement.

This is the university's first spring graduation on the semester system. Approximately 12,000 students are expected to graduate, the largest class in university history.

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