Ohio State celebrates autumn commencement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — About 3,000 Ohio State graduates were recognized Sunday afternoon at the university’s autumn commencement ceremony.

After a ceremony presided by Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, each graduate walked on stage and received their own diploma. The commencement address was given by Frank Shankwitz, co-founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation,

During the ceremony, Ohio State awarded the Joseph Sullivant Medal to Thomas D. Brock, who earned his B.S. (1949), M.S. (1950) and Ph.D. (1952) in botany at Ohio State. He is credited with the discovery of microorganisms that not only survive but grow at very high temperatures in the geothermally heated waters in Yellowstone Park hot springs. The discovery is considered one of the fundamental milestones of microbiology. Brock is retired and is the E.B. Fred Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In addition, the university awarded the honorary Doctor of Science degree to Sir Adrian F.M. Smith, vice chancellor of the University of London, who has made diverse contributions to Bayesian statistics.

Ohio State also presented the Distinguished Service Award to Mabel Freeman, former assistant vice president for Undergraduate Admissions and First Year Experience, who played a pivotal role in the lives of a generation of Ohio State graduates.

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