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April 30, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Department of Athletics held its Senior Celebration luncheon Wednesday afternoon in the Ohio Stadium Recruit Room, honoring the student-athletes who will be graduating Sunday, May 4.

“These student-athletes will have experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of their lives,” Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said. “The reality is that life does move fast, and what these student-athletes learned from being on teams is invaluable. Wherever they go and whatever career path they choose will have them working with people from all walks of life and people are the heart and soul of all that matters. I congratulate them all and wish them the best.”

In addition to Smith, who was there in attendance to welcome the student-athletes and kick off the event, field hockey senior Maria Swartz and men’s gymnastics redshirt senior Michael Newburger also spoke on their experiences as student-athletes and what to look toward in the future.

“Being a Buckeye was always a dream of mine and it’s certainly something I’ll never take for granted,” Swartz said. “Being a student-athlete gave me so many opportunities and resources, and that has allowed me to focus on what I want to do professionally and continue my studies this fall. It’s an exciting time.”

Rowing head coach Andy Teitelbaum also spoke to the gathering, offering words of advice for the graduating seniors.

“Find what you love in life and then be smart enough to find a way to make a living at it,” Teitelbaum said. “I would take that advice and give it to you and go one step further. I would say to take the curriculum that’s being siginified by your student-athlete stole and become excellent at that which you love. No matter what it is, there will always be a demand for the best.”

At the conclusion of the event, Smith, executive athletic director Miechelle Willis and associate athletic director Janine Oman handed out graduation stoles to each student-athlete in attendance. Commencement is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 4 at noon at Ohio Stadium.