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Dec. 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – At Ohio State Autumn Commencement Sunday, 40 current and former Ohio State student-athletes will receive their degrees. The ceremony is slated for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Jerome Schottenstein Center and will be streamed online HERE. In all, 22 programs have at least one student-athlete graduating, led by football with eight. The list includes all conference and All-Americans, as well as athletes who have advanced to the professional ranks.

Women’s golfer Amy Meier is a two-time All-Big Ten first team honoree and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. She Led the Buckeyes throughout the entire 2012-13 season, finishing with a 74.32 stroke average and picking up seven Top 20 finishes her senior year. Meier qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open held in June and made the cut in the first major tournament of her professional career.

Mari Hole of the women’s volleyball team competed for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team for two seasons (2011, 2012). She led the squad in kills in both seasons as a Buckeye and was named to the All-Big Ten team twice. A 2012 AVCA Third Team All-American and a two-time AVCA All-Mideast Region honoree, Hole finished her career at Ohio State on six program career record lists.

Baseball pitcher Jaron Long signed a free-agent contract with the New York Yankees in August and returned to school to finish his degree this fall. Jaron, the son of Yankees’ hitting coach Kevin Long, was a weekend starter for the Buckeyes the last two seasons after transferring from Chandler-Gilbert CC. Long went 6-7 with a 4.02 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 16 appearances for the Buckeyes in 2013 after garnering first team All-Big Ten honors in 2012. An Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2013 and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Long’s 68 strikeouts as a junior tied for fifth in the Big Ten and his 27 strikeouts looking were the most in the conference.

Football’s Kenny Guiton has been arguably the second-best quarterback in the entire Big Ten Conference this season. He has thrown for a school-record six touchdowns in one game while throwing for 14 touchdowns and rushing for five more. Over the last two years Guiton led Ohio State to four victories on its way to a school-record 24-game winning streak, including last-second heroics to lead to an overtime win over Purdue and keep the winning streak alive in 2012.

Autumn 2013 Ohio State Student-Athlete Graduates
Sport – Name (Major)
CHEER – Christin Bryant (Psychology)
BASE – Jaron Long (Communication)
MBK – Charles Rogers (Family Resource Management)
FB – Charles Barnett (Criminology)
FB – Drew Basil (Communication)
FB – Kenneth Guiton (Family Resource Management)
FB – James Hastings (Mechanical Engineering)
FB – Storm Klein (Sport and Leisure Studies)
FB – Corey Linsley (Economics)
FB – George Makridis (Political Science)
FB – William McCary (Mechanical Engineering)
FENC – Igor Tolkachev (Computer Science and Engineering)
MHKY – Devon Krogh (Finance)
MHKY – Jeffrey Michael (Accounting)
MHKY – Joseph Palmer (Communication)
MSOC – Christopher Gomez (Sport and Leisure Studies)
MSOC – Denio Leone (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
MSOC – David Tiemstra (Economics-Business)
MS&D – Matthieu Baumann (Industrial and Systems Engineering)
MS&D – Stephen Koch (Biology)
MS&D – Luke Stirton (Journalism)
MTEN – Connor Smith (Sport and Leisure Studies)
MT&F – Derek Blevins (Sport and Leisure Studies)
MVB – Kyle Lawrence (Hospitality Management)
WR – Timothy Rigel (Philosophy)
ROW – Sarah Milota (Biology)
FENC – Miriam Baranov (Actuarial Science)
FH – Nina Passen (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
WGLF – Amy Meier (Human Nutrition)
WGYM – Alyssa Marohn (Criminology)
WHKY – Paige Semenza (Human Development and Family Science)
SB – Melanie Nichols (Human Development and Family Science)
SYNCH – Colleen Courtmanche (Hospitality Management)
SYNCH – Kathryn LaBounty (Psychology)
SYNCH – Lauren Robinson (Human Nutrition)
WTEN – Kara Cecil (Sport and Leisure Studies)
WTEN – Tiffany Dittmer (Marketing)
WTEN – Fidan Manashirova (Communication)
WT&F – Ashley Woodruff (Communication)
WVB – Mari Hole (Communication)