August 9, 2020

Four Football Buckeyes Receive Degrees at Summer Commencement


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four current or former Ohio State Buckeye football players were among the 1,763 students to receive their degrees Sunday, Aug. 9 during Ohio State’s virtual commencement ceremony. The event, which was livestreamed, featured an address from former men’s basketball standout and Olympic gold medalist Michael Redd, who is the CEO and founder of 22 Ventures.

Buckeyes receiving their degrees on Sunday include:

  • Baron Browning, a senior who has played in 36 career games and has amassed 80 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss for minus 42 yards and six quarterback sacks. He ranked sixth on last year’s team in tackles (43) and fourth in tackles for loss (10.0). Browning earned his degree in communications.
  • Shaun Wade, a fourth-year junior who has played in 27 games over the past two seasons and just last week was voted by his teammates as a captain for the 2020 Buckeyes. Wade, from Jacksonville, Fla., was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2019. His degree is in sport industry.

15 Graduates on Ohio State’s 2020 Roster
Browning and Wade’s graduation brings Ohio State’s total to 15 players on the 2020 roster who have earned their bachelor’s degrees.

LB Tuf Borland – Human development and family science
LB Baron Browning – Communications
OL Nathan Brock – Communications
P Drue Chrisman – Family resource management
DE Jonathan Cooper – Family resource management
OG Gavin Cupp – Human development and family science
TE Jake Hausmann – Communications
LB Justin Hilliard – Marketing
QB Gunnar Hoak – Agricultural economics (University of Kentucky graduate)
K Zach Hoover – Sport industry
DT Antwuan Jackson – Human development and family science
TE Corey Rau – Sport management (SMU graduate)
RB Trey Sermon – Human relations (University of Oklahoma graduate)
CB Shaun Wade – Sport industry
CB Marcus Williamson – History

Bennett, Bell receive degrees through the Degree Completion Program
A pair of former Buckeyes received their degrees today through the athletic department’s degree completion program: Michael Bennett (consumer and family financial services) and Kelvin Bell (African-American and African Studies). Bennett played on the 2014 College Football Playoff national championship team and was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Bell lettered from 1981-83 and was a member of the Buckeyes’ secondary as a safety in each of those seasons. Over 80 former football players have graduated from the 26-year-old program that provides academic and tuition support to former Ohio State student-athletes who left the university without completing their degrees.