COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State spring commencement ceremonies returned to Ohio Stadium for the first time in two years Sunday, May 9, and among the 12,345 degrees conferred were 15 to members or former members of the Ohio State men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams.
Actually, there were two in-person commencement ceremonies that Ohio State President Kristina M. Johnson presided over at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, delivered commencement remarks virtually.
“Your celebration comes after a year that was extraordinary by any measure,” Dimon said. “We’ve been through a global pandemic, a global recession, unprecedented government actions, turbulent elections, and deeply felt social and racial injustice. All of you have been affected by COVID-19 in different ways. Your future is bright, but as you grow older it’s inevitable that you will face tough times and failure – both personally and professionally. We all do. How you deal with failure may be the most important thing in whether you succeed.”
Seven from the women’s team graduated Sunday, including 2020 indoor All-American Aziza Ayoub and 2020 Big Ten champion and All-American Emma Nwofor.
The eight from the men’s team include 2021 Big Ten Athlete of the Meet Tyler Johnson, who won three Big Ten Conference titles in March and led the men to a third-place finish. Also graduating were Big Ten champions Eric Harrison and Frank Hayes.
Three received their master’s degrees: Nwofor in kinesiology; Divine Oladipo in accounting; and Tom Sullivan in accounting.
In addition to the two smaller ceremonies, the university instituted a number of changes to commencement to promote a safe and healthy experience, including digital ticketing and a maximum of two guests to accompany each graduate.
All attendees were required to wear a mask in all areas of campus, indoors and outside and throughout the entire commencement ceremony.
2021 Ohio State Spring Commencement Graduates – M&W Cross Country and Track & Field