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It’s an occasion that all college graduates will remember for the rest of their lives, commencement. And even more so for those that had to move to a virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.
That might be even more memorable now because Ohio State announced Friday that head football coach Ryan Day and his wife Christina (Nina) will speak at a 2020 graduate celebration ceremony on the same weekend of the traditional 2021 summer commencement next month. OSU is making good on a promise to hold an in-person ceremony for the 2020 class once it was safe to do so, and Day and his wife will be a part of it.
“Ryan and Nina are prominent members of our Buckeye community and have long served as well-spoken and highly recognized ambassadors of all Ohio State has to offer; it’s both fitting and exciting that our 2020 graduates and their families will have the opportunity to hear their inspirational message,” said President Kristina M. Johnson in a statement.
Apr 17, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day during the annual spring game at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
The celebration of 2020 graduates’ accomplishments will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Ohio Stadium. Tickets are not required, though graduates are asked to RSVP. According to the statement, attendees can wear academic regalia but it is not required.
You can visit the Ohio State commencement website for more on the summer celebrations.