December 16, 2017

Student-Athletes Slated to Graduate Sunday


Dec. 16, 2017


COLUMBUS, Ohio – At Ohio State’s Autumn Commencement ceremonies Sunday, 49 current and former Ohio State student-athletes will earn their undergraduate degrees. Commencement will be held at 2 p.m. in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Among the graduates are NCAA champions, all-conference selections and academic standouts.

Miles Johnson was the 2016 NCAA Tournament MVP and 2017 All-NCAA Tournament Team member for the back-to-back NCAA Champion men’s volleyball team. An environment, economy, development and sustainability major, he was a Bucks Go Pro intern for the university sustainability office.

Miho Kowase, a marketing major from Tokyo, Japan, was part of the first tandem in Ohio State women’s tennis history to win an NCAA title, pairing with Francesca Di Lorenzo to win the 2017 Doubles Championship. Kowase and Ferny Angeles Paz, a finance graduate from Lima, Peru, were part of the winningest senior class in women’s tennis history (102 victories). They appeared in the NCAA Tournament all four years, reaching the quarterfinals in 2016 and the semifinals in 2017, and won back-to-back Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. Kowase, an All-American on the court, was a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. She and Angeles Paz both were three-time Academic All-Big Ten selections.

First-team All-Big Ten tackle Jamarco Jones and Academic All-American Sam Hubbard lead a contingent of 11 Ohio State football players who will graduate Sunday. Seven of those individuals will start for the Buckeyes in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Dec. 29 against the USC Trojans.

Also graduating are Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop from the men’s basketball team. Bates-Diop leads the Buckeyes in scoring with 18.3 points a game. The squad’s top rebounder as well at 9.5 boards a game, the economics major has another year of athletics eligibility remaining after sitting out last year with an injury. Tate, a sport industry major, has been a significant contributor throughout his career. He adds 12.8 points and 5.9 rebounds a game this season while scoring on 57 percent of his shots (60-105).