May 6, 2013
Ohio University sent the class of 2013 into the world during its 259th undergraduate commencement exercises on Saturday.
Degrees from the colleges of Business and Fine Arts, University College, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Scripps College of Communication and regional campuses were conferred in the 9 a.m. ceremony. Degrees from the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Health Sciences and Professions, the Patton College of Education, Honors Tutorial College and the Center for International Studies were conferred in the 2 p.m. ceremony. In all, nearly 3,300 undergraduates walked across the stage in both ceremonies.
Keynote speaker Andy Alexander drew on his own experiences as an Ohio University undergraduate and as an alumnus. He spoke of the unique relationship OHIO graduates have to their alma mater.
“In a year, get in touch with your friends who graduated from Ohio State or Bowling Green, and ask them if they want to revisit their college town, and they’ll probably say, ‘Not really,’” he said. “Then ask your friends from OU. Damn near every one of our alumni is sentimental about this place.”
Alexander, BSJ ‘72, began his career while still at OHIO, writing for The Post and interning with the Melbourne (Australia) Herald, covering the Vietnam War and the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. He spent much of journalism career with Cox Newspapers, rising to become the chain’s bureau chief, overseeing staffs in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Under his tenure, the Washington Bureau shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He currently is Scripps Howard Distinguished Visiting Professional in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
In his remarks, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis saluted all soon-to-be graduates for their hard work.
“Today, we honor you—your achievement, your commitment, and your passion,” he said.
To read more about OHIO’s commencement ceremonies, visit http://www.ohio.edu/compass/stories/12-13/5/Undergrad-2013.cfm.