May 5, 2018

Ohio State Commencement Sunday to Include 189 Student-Athletes


May 5, 2018

Columbus, Ohio – Sunday, 189 current and former Ohio State student-athletes will receive their degrees at Spring Commencement in Ohio Stadium. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at noon and will be streamed online here.

Complete list of Spring 2018 Student-Athlete Graduates

The group of student-athletes includes individual and team national champions, All-Americans, Olympians, conference leaders, outstanding students and Big Ten Medal of Honor finalists.

Among the athletics graduates:
• Nicolas Szerszen of the men’s volleyball team led Ohio State to back-to-back NCAA titles (and four straight semifinals) and was the 2016 AVCA National Player of the Year, along with earning First Team All-America honors for three straight years.
• Kelsey Mitchell ended her career with the women’s basketball team No. 2 on the NCAA all-time scoring list. The 2018 Big Ten Medal of Honor female winner for Ohio State, she was a three-time Big Ten Player of the Year and the program’s first four-time All-American.
• Mikael Torpegaard from men’s tennis is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year (2016, 2018) and four-time All-American for the Buckeyes, who open NCAA Tournament play as the No. 3 seed next week.
• Irina Andrianova of the pistol team was part of three team titles and also won three women’s sport pistol individual national championships.
• Men’s gymnast Sean Melton is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team. He was a seven-time Big Ten champion and the 2016 Big Ten Gymnast of the Year.
• Fencer Eleanor Harvey, who represented Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics, won the women’s foil NCAA Championship title that same year, becoming the first Ohio State woman since 1997 to win the crown.
• Wrestler Bo Jordan earned his fourth All-America honor at the NCAA Championships in March. He was part of the Buckeyes’ 2015 NCAA Team Championship.
• Beatrice Hannan of the track and field team was a three-time Big Ten champion (2015 indoor/outdoor 4x400m relay, 2017 outdoor 4x400m relay) and has earned All-America honors four times, including two first team accolades.
• Rower Rachel Engel was a two-time NCAA champion in the 1V8 and a two-time Big Ten champ.

The 189 spring graduates join 49 current and former student-athletes who earned their Ohio State degree at winter commencement. A record 692 Buckeyes were recognized at the annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner in April. There have been 215 Ohio State student-athletes named to the All-Big Ten Team so far this year, with spring and at-large sports still to come.