Ohio State to set graduation record at commencement on Sunday

OSU president Dr. Michael V. Drake speaks to the crowd during the 2016 Spring Commencement at Ohio Stadium. Brooke LaValley/Columbus Dispatch
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OSU president Dr. Michael V. Drake speaks to the crowd during the 2016 Spring Commencement at Ohio Stadium. Brooke LaValley/Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State University will award degrees to the largest graduating class in university history on Sunday.

Ohio State will award 11,734 degrees in a ceremony set for noon Sunday in Ohio Stadium. The 2017 graduating class size surpassed the previous records of 11,235 set in 2016, and 11,040 set in 2015, according to OSU.

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The commencement address will be given by Abigail Wexner, a community leader, philanthropist and university trustee.

Each graduate will receive his or her own diploma at the ceremony, a practice rarely attempted by a university the size of Ohio State, according to the school.

The stadium will open two hours prior to the ceremony at 10 a.m. The ceremony itself will last up to 3 hours, according to the university.

No tickets are required and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Family members and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony may watch a live video stream of the ceremony beginning at noon on May 7.

Some large handbags are prohibited among other items, according to the university.

The class processional leaves the French Field House and the Recreational and Physical Activity Center at 11:40 a.m. and moves into Ohio Stadium at noon. Woody Hayes Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic during the procession to the stadium.

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