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Ohio State to set record for fourth straight year with nearly 12,000 degrees awarded

A graduation cap from the 2017 Spring Commencement outside Ohio Stadium on May 7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

Ohio State will award a record number of degrees for the fourth straight year.

The University will issue 11,907 degrees at commencement Sunday, surpassing the record set in 2017 when 11,734 degrees were awarded.

Records had previously been set in 2016 and 2015 when 11,235 and 11,040 degrees were awarded respectively.

This year also will have more first-generation graduates than last year with roughly 1,700 degrees being award to students who are the first in their families to graduate. This surpasses the roughly 1,500 first-generation students that graduated last year.

Commencement will take place this Sunday in Ohio Stadium and will be presided over by President Michael Drake with the commencement address given by Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The ceremony will begin at noon with doors opening at 10 a.m.

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