July 17, 2020

Michael Redd to deliver 2020 Summer Commencement Address

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NBA All-Star is a member of the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame; virtual commencement To be held Aug. 9

Michael Redd, an Olympic gold medalist and former NBA All-Star for the Milwaukee Bucks, will deliver the commencement address to summer Ohio State University graduates. Approximately 1,600 graduates will be honored during the virtual ceremony on Aug. 9.

The virtual event will be livestreamed from the Schottenstein Center. Because of continued precautions on large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no students or guests present.

“We are pleased to welcome Buckeye basketball great Michael Redd to speak to our summer graduates and their family and friends,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron.

“Michael was a leader on the court for Ohio State and continues to lead off the court in the Columbus community. His commitment to excellence as an athlete and an entrepreneur will inspire our graduates as they prepare to lead in their communities,” McPheron said.

Redd is a homegrown Buckeye who committed to Ohio State after graduating from Columbus West High School.

The 1998 Big Ten Freshman of the Year was also a three-time Ohio State MVP, an All-Big Ten selection and a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week. Redd, who averaged 35.1 minutes a game, ranks sixth in career scoring at Ohio State with 1,879 points. In three seasons as a Buckeye, he averaged 19.6 points per game, the seventh-best career scoring average in Ohio State history.

A team captain in 2000, Redd was drafted in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was an NBA All-Star in 2004 and a five-time Bucks MVP. In 2008, Redd competed with the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing.

Redd was elected into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Redd has been building, developing and investing in tech-focused startups since he retired from the NBA in 2013. He graduated in 2015 with a degree from the College of Arts & Sciences.

A pre-ceremony program featuring messages from graduates, deans and other university leaders from across all campuses will begin at 1:30 p.m., with the commencement ceremony starting at 2 p.m. Both events can be viewed by livestream. The entire event, including the pre-ceremony program and the ceremony, will also be broadcast live statewide on The Ohio Channel. An in-person ceremony to honor graduates will occur when it is safe to do so.