A Message from President Drake: Spring Semester Update

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As the semester comes to a close, I want to share with you a few highlights of an exciting academic year.

The students who will receive their diplomas at Spring Commencement will be part of the largest graduating class in our history. I look forward to seeing them Sunday in Ohio Stadium and hearing from our distinguished speaker, Abigail Wexner, who embodies our university’s motto, Education for Citizenship.

In the past two years, we have set records for the most talented and most diverse incoming classes. And this spring, we once again set a record for the number of applications to the Columbus campus, receiving 52,412, a 6 percent increase in one year.

Eleven of our graduate programs rank in the top 10 in the nation, with the master’s program in our College of Nursing ranking as the top public program of its kind in the nation.

Our faculty, meanwhile, received citations of excellence from, or were elected to, at least 148 national and international learned societies — up 29 percent from the previous year and 80 percent from two years ago.

And, as is our tradition at Ohio State, we continue to grow in our philanthropic efforts. In February, BuckeyeThon participants broke their previous fundraising record and collected more than $1.5 million to support research and services for children battling cancer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Thank you to everyone who supported or participated in this effort.

As an additional way to uplift our community, we awarded the first-ever President’s Prize to two graduating seniors. Margaret Griffin and KayMesha Knox will soon embark on projects that will, respectively, address food insecurity and improve access to college for those right here in Columbus.

Though a university commencement signals the completion of a degree, it truly denotes a beginning. Whether you are wrapping up your studies, working, traveling, preparing to grade exams or heading home, I wish you the best of luck as your summer commences.


Michael V. Drake, MD


Michael V. Drake, MD

Michael V. Drake

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