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COSI President and CEO Frederic Bertley addresses autumn 2021 graduates at 429th commencement

Graduation hat as fall begins on Sunday. Credit: Mackenzie Shanklin | photo editor

As the Fall 2021 Alumni kicks off on Sunday, Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of the Center for Science and Industry, told the graduates they have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the world.

Burtley said that graduates of this semester will inherit a world of great scientific and social progress but must also overcome current poverty, death and inequality. With the set of values ​​instilled by the Ohio State education, he said, graduates are ready to lead and serve in the 21st century.

“Block-O’s branded suite of tools is packed with grit and perseverance,” said Burtley. “There has never been a more difficult time in our last century than these two pandemic-ravaged years, all of you with a shaky, staunch commitment made, enlisted, and held to the end.”

Burtley likened graduates to the “elect” – those who lead others and bring hope to others, working with dignity and compassion to serve the public and make the world a better place.

“You can’t buy this. You must be admitted into the halls of the Holy League and then you must earn it,” said Burtley. “Indeed you are the chosen.”

Melissa Chivers, senior vice president of student life, said Ohio’s 429th Graduation Ceremony honored 3,538 alumni for Fall 2021, with 2,226 alumni in attendance at the Jerome Schuttenstein Center. The university awarded 213 doctoral degrees, 370 master’s degrees, five professional degrees, and 2,950 associate and associate degrees.

Chivers said the international students in the graduate class represent 62 countries and six continents.

University President Christina M. Johnson, who also provided parting advice to the crowd, said the graduating class has sixteen students who will be assigned to the US Armed Forces.

“My advice today is to worry less about where you’re headed,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be a journey, full of frustrations, surprises and even shocks, but it’s sure to be a lot of fun if you pay attention.”

Johnson has named selected 2021 graduates who she said represent lifelong learning, resilience and passion, including Doris Hoffman, who received her master’s degree in education Sunday from the College of FoodAnd agricultural and environmental sciences. Hoffman began her teaching career in Ohio in the 1950s as one of the few women in agricultural schools, finishing her degree after several decades running a family farm, building and growing a business. 4-H . Community Clubs Youth development organizations for K-12 students.

“The changes you are going through on your journey and the new prospects these changes give you will make you wiser and hopefully more compassionate as well,” Johnson said.

The ceremony adhered to the university’s masking protocol for all attendees, but allowed up to eight guests, scrapping the two-guest rule followed at previous initiation ceremonies during the pandemic, according to the University start site. The ceremony was also broadcast online for those who were unable to attend the event in person.

Jeffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Durpalin Professor of European History, received the Joseph Sullivant Medal Scientific Progress Award. Ohio State alumnus Thomas Hall received the University’s Distinguished Service Award.

Honorary doctorates were awarded to Robert Pilot, an environmental lawyer, and Catherine Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space. Sullivan is also the inaugural director of the Battle Center for Math and Science Education Policy, a past director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a past president and CEO of COSI.

Before concluding the ceremony with “Carmen Ohio,” Senior Vice President of Alumni Relations Molly Rans Calhoun welcomed the new graduates as Ohio State and Buckeyes lifelong alumni.

“Be sure that when you look back decades from now, you can say you did everything with kindness, fairness and honesty,” Johnson said. “I am sure you can.”

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