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Facts on Winter Commencement 2009:

The Ohio State University
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The Jerome Schottenstein Center

Degrees and Certificates:
Doctoral: 104
Master’s: 323
Professional: 7
Bachelor’s: 1,404
Associate: 32
Certificates: 1
Total: 1,871

Presiding Officer:
E. Gordon Gee, President of The Ohio State University

Welcome Remarks:
Jeff Kaplan, senior vice president and special assistant to the president

Commencement Address:
The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown, president, Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Honorary Degrees:
Charles Brain, one of the world’s leading paleontologists; Jules Pretty, internationally recognized for his work on sustainable agriculture practices in more than 50 countries; and John G. Thompson, internationally renown mathematician.

Distinguished Service Awards:
George W. Paulson, founder, retired professor and former chair of the Department of Neurology at Ohio State.

Invocation:
Chaplain Julija Vlofa, University Hospitals Pastoral Care

National Anthem and Alma Mater:
James Van Rens, Class of 2009