COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ten Ohio State University football players were among the record 11,907 students to receiver their degrees Sunday, May 6, in Ohio Stadium. This is the largest graduating class at Ohio State for the fourth consecutive year and it includes 189 current and former Buckeye student-athletes.
Ohio State President Michael V. Drake presided over the ceremonies, and the commencement address was given by Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Those from the football team earning bachelor’s degrees included:
– LB Dante Booker, from Akron; his degree is in sport industry;
– QB Joe Burrow, from The Plains, Ohio; his degree is in consumer & family financial services;OL Kevin Feder, from Ramsey, N.J.; his degree is in sport industry;
– WR/CB Trevon Forte, from Youngstown; his degree is in sport industry;
– CB Cin’Quan Haney, from Dayton; his degree is in physics;
– CB Michael Lawless, from Dover, Ohio; his degree is in exercise science;
– DT Nick Seme, from Wadsworth, Ohio; his degree is in exercise science; and
– SAF Clay Raterman, from Dublin, Ohio; his degree is in finance.
Graduating with a Master’s degree today in science, kinesiology — sports management was former quarterback Stephen Collier. Collier, from Leesburg, Ga., previously had earned his bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from Ohio State and now he has two degrees in just four years on campus.
The 10th Buckeye to graduate: 2013 team captain Christian Bryant, from Cleveland, who finished his degree in sociology through the university’s degree completion program.
Sixteen (16) of the 19 seniors recognized last Nov. 18 prior to the Illinois game — their last game in Ohio Stadium — have now graduated.
Ohio State is among the very few universities that regularly and traditionally awards diplomas at one ceremony each term of the academic year at which all colleges are represented. Graduates receive their own diploma at the ceremony, a practice rarely attempted by a university the size of Ohio State.
Note: 32 of the 40 seniors who have been honored in Ohio Stadium before their last home game the past two seasons have now graduated. Sixteen of the 19 2017 seniors are graduates and 16 of the 21 2016 seniors have graduated.