COLUMBUS (AP/WCMH) – Ohio State University graduated its largest class on record.

The university said it awarded 11,235 degrees during spring commencement Sunday. The event was held in Ohio Stadium at noon.

It’s the third time in four years such a record has been set. The 2016 class surpasses a record 11,040 graduates in 2015. That figure topped the previous record of 10,642 graduates set in 2012.

“In whatever field or career path you choose, if you want to be true to yourselves and live up to your full potential you will live your life as a perpetual student,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the university’s spring commencement speaker.

The university attributes the record-sized classes to its efforts to attract top students and to work to retain them throughout their college careers. Ohio State has also added support for students as they select majors and class schedules.

The school’s commencement weekend also included the commissioning of 25 ROTC cadets.What others are clicking on: