Time and Change will surely show
How firm thy friendship, OH-HI-OH.
These are the words we sang Sunday afternoon after four hours of waiting and speeches as our oldest daughter passed out of Ohio Stadium for the first time as a college graduate. Knowing that this was the 400th commencement, the last commencement on the quarter system or the largest graduating class ever (at 10,000+ degrees and certificates!) somehow increased their impact. Even at football games I find them emotional, but on this auspicious occasion, I choked up.
The University has certainly come a long way since I matriculated in the fall of 1979. Both before and after my tenure there, the university has racked up a distinguished list of Nobel Laureates, business leaders, Pulitzer Prize winners, political leaders, and indeed, leaders in all the major fields of endeavor. But since my career at OSU, it has transformed itself into a very selective institution preeminent in many fields.
To the class of 2012; Congratulations! You can be proud of your alma mater. The gift you have received from her far exceeds the price you paid for it. You’ve invested the last quarter or so of your life getting here. Take a moment now, between this and your next chapter, to evaluate your goals and direction. Turn your mind to the contribution you will make to the world and to your alma mater.Author’s note: The “Coolumbus” tag within my blog is a response to the fact that I don’t see enough about our great city and its many cool things. So ridicule if you will, this is just my idea of what’s cool in Columbus or “Coolumbus”. Click here to read other Coolumbus posts.