Alphabetical listing of speakers

Below is a list of OSU commencement speakers and the dates on which they spoke.

Transcripts of many addresses are also available.

Speaker Date of speech
Spiro Agnew June 7, 1969
Vernon R. Alden March 16, 1962
Chester Hardy Aldrich June 14, 1911
Jodie T. Allen August 28, 2005
Joseph Alutto August 10, 2014
James B. Angell June 14, 1893
Neil A. Armstrong June 11, 1971
Stanley J. Aronoff December 7, 1990
Ernest James Ashbaugh August 30, 1929
Herb Asher March 15, 1996
Gauis Glenn Atkins June 12, 1933
Norman P. Auburn December 20, 1956
Auer, Johannes A.C.F. March 19, 1943
Alberty Avey August 28, 1931
Charles L. Babcock August 30, 1984
Lena C. Bailey December 13, 1991
James H. Baker June 22, 1904
John Calhoun Baker March 15, 1946
Deborah A. Ballum December 11, 2005
Julius Howland Barnes June 8, 1931
William M. Batten March 15, 1963
Charles Scott Berry August 30, 1935
Nancy E. Betz March 19, 1993
Howard L. Bevis June 10, 1940
June 16, 1941
June 15, 1942
June 10, 1949
June 9, 1950
June 8, 1951
June 6, 1952
June 10, 1955
June 8, 1956
Rev. J.B. Bittinger June 22, 1881
Roger Blackwell August 30, 2002
Erich Bloch June 10, 1988
George Melville Bolling March 18, 1933
John Boehner June 12, 2011
Daniel J. Boorstin August 31, 1973
Viva Boothe December 21, 1939
Norman E. Borlaug March 20, 1981
Howard R. Bowen December 8, 1978
E.L. Bowsher August 26, 1955
Kevin Boyle December 13, 2009
David L. Brennan March 15, 2002
John W. Bricker March 16, 1956
D. Allan Bromley March 22, 1991
Kenneth Irving Brown June 3, 1944
Martin G. Brumbaugh June 18, 1902
Elmer Burritt Bryan June 13, 1932
William Lowe Bryan June 16, 1925
Burdette R. Buckingham August 27, 1926
Herbert John Burgstahler December 17, 1943
Bruce E. Bursten March 20, 1998
Theodore E. Burton June 13, 1922
Daryle H. Busch March 19, 1982
George H.W. Bush June 10, 1983
George W. Bush June 14, 2002
Alan K. Campbell August 30, 1979
James Hume Canfield June 17, 1896
Milton A. Caniff June 7, 1974
Anthony J. Celebrezze December 14, 1962
Richard F. Celeste June 14, 1985
Gordon Keith Chalmers March 17, 1944
John Ciardi March 19, 1970
David Citino March 17, 2000
Bunny C. Clark March 16, 2001
Harlan Cleveland March 20, 1975
John L. Clifton December 18, 1931
William J. Clinton June 10, 2007
Robert L. Clodius June 12, 1987
Edward N. Clopper December 18, 1942
Lotus Delta Coffman June 12, 1923
Francis William Coker August 29, 1924
Michael Coleman August 21, 1927
Alfred Dodge Cole August 29, 2010
Samuel DuBois Cook December 11, 1992
John E. Corbally June 13, 1980
Bill Cosby June 8, 2001
Donald P. Cottrell August 29, 1947
Claude V. Courter August 27, 1954
James Cox June 11, 1913
Walter Cronkite June 7, 1968
Charles A. Csuri December 13, 1985
Michael Curtin August 26, 2007
Jo Ann Davidson December 8, 2000
Harvey H. Davis December 17, 1948
Steven A. Davis March 16, 2008
David L. Denlinger August 24, 2008
Joseph Villers Denney March 18, 1927
Simon Dinitz December 11, 1981
Charles Austin Doan March 17, 1961
Edwin D. Dodd March 22, 1985
Elizabeth Dole June 9, 1989
Herman Lee Donovan September 1, 1944
Walter L. Dorn September 1, 1939
Thomas J. Dougherty December 8, 1995
Rev. Lloyd C. Douglas June 10, 1924
Leonard Downie Jr. June 11, 1993
Andrew S. Draper June 15, 1897
Frank E. Duddy Jr. March 19, 1965
Foster Rhea Dulles March 20, 1942
Robert M. Duncan December 7, 1979
George W. Eckelberry December 18, 1936
Helen G. Edmonds March 18, 1983
The Most Rev. Clarence E. Elwell August 30, 1968
Samuel Franklin Emerson June 20, 1906
Harold L. Enarson March 16, 1967
December 15, 1972
June 12, 1981
Mark Ethridge Jr. August 29, 1969
Novice G. Fawcett August 28, 1953
June 7, 1957
June 10, 1960
June 11, 1965
December 9, 1977
Sherwood Fawcett March 15, 1969
John Ferguson March 17, 1939
Robert H. Finch June 12, 1970
Francille M. Firebaugh August 29, 1986
Max M. Fisher December 18, 1970
Robin Fleming December 9, 1976
Jerome D. Folkman June 12, 1953
Gerald R. Ford August 30, 1974
David Frantz August 28, 2011
John B. Gabel August 30, 1990
John R. Galvin March 17, 1995
Martha McMackin Garland March 18, 1994
Elwood Gordon Gee December 12, 1997
June 14, 1991
David Gergen
June 6, 2010
Rev. Washington Gladden June 22, 1910
J. Willis Gleed June 14, 1899
John H. Glenn June 8, 1984
June 14, 2009
T. Keith Glennan March 20, 1958
Dickey Nelson Gluesch December 18, 1959
Mark R. Goldston June 10, 1994
Arpod Goncz March 20, 1992
Mary L. Good December 12, 1986
Robert C. Good March 16, 1984
Frank Graves August 28, 1959
William Lucas Graves December 20, 1929
Bob Greene June 1997
June 12, 1998
Honorable J.M. Gregory June 24, 1885
Ed Hagenlocker August 29, 1997
James Edward Hagerty December 19, 1924
Frank W. Hale September 1, 1988
Rev. Edward Everett Hale June 22, 1886
June 19, 1901
Alex Haley March 19, 1976
William H. Hall June 12, 2005
Ann Hamilton August 4, 2013
Matthew Brown Hammond September 1, 1933
Philip Handler March 16, 1978
Jack Hanna December 16, 2012
John A. Hannah December 14, 1968
William R. Harper June 13, 1894
J. George Harrar June 12, 1964
Harlan A. Hatcher March 20, 1936
H. Gordon Hayes March 14, 1930
Leonard L. Hayes March 16, 1990
Wayne Woodrow (Woody) Hayes March 21, 1986
Bernadine P. Healy June 12, 1992
Felix E. Held September 2, 1932
Felix Emil Held March 18, 1938
Algo D. Henderson March 16, 1945
Richard K. Herrman March 18, 2012
Roger W. Heyns September 1, 1972
Caspar Wistar Hiatt June 15, 1898
John Price Hirth March 20, 1987
Henry E. Hoagland December 2, 1937
Homer C. Hockett March 18, 1932
Richard A. Hollingsworth December 14, 2008
Commodore Grace Murray Hopper December 7, 1984
Roy Graham Hoskins March 20, 1925
Harold Howe II June 13, 1967
John R. Howe August 28, 1942
Manly Ottmer Hudson June 10, 1930
N. Paul Hudson December 19, 1941
Harry Burns Hutchins June 5, 1917
Clarence George Issenmann December 19, 1958
Shirley Ann Jackson March 19, 2006
Rt. Rev. Thomas A. Jaggar, D.D. June 23, 1880
John Jakes June 7, 1996
Donna James March 21, 2011
Peter Jay June 9, 1978
Rev. Charles E. Jefferson June 11, 1915
Edward H. Jennings June 8, 1990
William Travers Jerome III March 19, 1964
Thomas E. Jones March 19, 1954
Brian D. Joseph December 9, 2007
William Jovanovich December 17, 1971
Barnaby C. Keeney June 12, 1959
Damon J. Keith December 10, 1993
Clark Kellogg December 12, 1998
Charles Franklin Kettering June 1, 1929
Rev. Henry Churchill King May 28, 1918
Austin H. Kiplinger December 11, 1988
William M. Kiplinger June 13, 1958
Richard D. Klausner March 19, 1999
Arthur J. Klein September 3, 1937
August 31, 1945
A. Blair Knapp December 19, 1952
A. Blair Knapp August 28, 1964
Foy David Kohler August 24, 1962
Carl F. Kohrt August 29, 2003
Roy M. Kottman June 11, 1982
John D. Kraus March 18, 1960
Albert J. Kuhn March 16, 1979
Francis Leroy Landacre December 21, 1928
Walter Consuelo Langsam August 29, 1941
Cheryl L. Krueger December 11, 2011
Gregory S. Lashutka December 10, 1999
Jerome Lawrence June 7, 1963
Ken Lee December 7, 2001
Paul N. Lehoczky August 30, 1946
Joseph Alexander Leighton December 21, 1923
General Curtis E. LeMay June 8, 1962
Winfred G. Leutner March 19, 1948
Ervin Eugene Lewis December 23, 1932
James P. Lincoln March 17, 1950
Hon. Jon F. Locke June 19, 1883
Howard F. Lowry December 17, 1954
Henry R. Luce June 1, 1943
Frederick E. Lumley December 22, 1926
Amos Lynch August 30, 1985
Joseph Lynch March 18, 2007
Charles Ellison MacQuigg September 2, 1938
William T. Magruder December 23, 1925
Rev. Francis Marsten June 22, 1887
Arthur T. Martin December 20, 1940
Robert J. Massie August 27, 2006
Chris Matthews May 4, 2014
Robert Elden Matthews March 1, 1934
John S. McCain June 11, 2006
Samuel Walker McCall June 15, 1920
Kevin McCann March 15, 1957
Rev. Francis J. McConnell June 14, 1927
John B. McCoy September 2, 1993
Ralph W. McDonald March 14, 1952
Rev. William Francis McDowell June 17, 1919
D. Richard McFerson September 1, 1994
Yvette McGee-Brown March 22, 2009
William McKinley June 12, 1895
Milton D. McLean March 18, 1949
Cunningham William McPherson June 12, 1939
William McPherson March 15, 1935
Otto Mees December 21, 1944
Deborah Jones Merritt December 12, 2004
Armin H. Meyer June 9, 1972
Herbert A. Miller September 4, 1925
John D. Millett December 18, 1953
John S. Millis December 16, 1949
Walter F. Mondale June 8, 1979
John P. Monton March 21, 2010
Curtis J. Moody August 31, 1978
Tom Moody August 31, 1978
Erin Moriarty June 13, 2004
James Lewis Morrill March 19, 1937
Earl F. Morris December 15, 1967
Charles Mosher August 27, 1976
Thomas J. Moyer August 30, 2009
Daniel P. Moynihan June 11, 1976
P. David Myerowitz March 17, 1989
James A. Norton March 15, 1974
Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza June 11, 1999
Paul L. O’Connor December 16, 1960
James G. O’Hara December 14, 1973
C. William O’Neill December 13, 1974
Barack Obama May 5, 2013
Marbury Bladen Ogle December 19, 1930
John Ong December 13, 1996
Edward Orton Sr. June 19, 1878
Edward Orton Jr. March 28, 1928
Raymond C. Osburn March 14, 1924
Max Carl Otto August 31, 1923
G. Bromley Oxnam June 11, 1934
Manuel T. Pacheco August 30, 1991
Leo Paquette September 1, 1983
Joseph A. Park March 21, 1941
Geoffrey Parker March 21, 2003
Helen Parkhurst August 31, 1928
Grove H. Patterson September 3, 1948
Thomas F. Patton December 15, 1961
Roderick Peattie December 20, 1935
J.W. Peltason December 12, 1980
Arno A. Penzias March 18, 1988
John E. Pepper August 31, 2000
Shimon Peres June 9, 1995
Marnette Perry December 14, 2003
Isaiah Pillars June 15, 1879
Charles Ping December 9, 1994
Henry Ponder December 11, 1987
George E. Probst December 20, 1957
Harry C. Ramsower August 29, 1930
Michael J. Ready June 6, 1947
The Most Rev. Michael J. Ready December 16, 1955
Christopher Reeve June 13, 1996
Gerald M. Regan December 8, 1989
Barbara Reynolds August 28, 1996
Frank H.T. Rhodes September 3, 1992
Susan E. Rice June 10, 2012
Elliot L. Richardson March 17, 1972
Edward V. Rickenbacker August 20, 1957
Branch Rickey September 1, 1950
Vern Riffe September 3, 1981
George W. Rightmire December 22, 1933
June 10, 1935
June 15, 1936
June 14, 1937
June 13, 1938
March 15, 1940
Mason Roberts August 29, 1952
Roy Romer December 10, 2006
William D. Ruckelshaus June 8, 1973
George Holland Sabine March 13, 1931
David Satcher August 1, 2002
Charles Sawyer December 18, 1964
William B. Saxbe June 13, 1975
 Mark Schinnerer December 22, 1950
James Schlesinger June 9, 1977
Arthur M. Schlesinger June 15, 1926
J.G. Schurman June 19, 1889
Eugenie Scott March 20, 2005
Peter L. Scott August 31, 1995
Walter Quincy Scott June 21, 1882
William Henry Scott June 25, 1884
June 24, 1891
June 12, 1895
June 24, 1908
Glenn T. Seaborg June 9, 1961
 Don Shackelford September 3, 1998
Harold G. Shane August 25, 1961
Albert Shapero December 10, 1982
Christopher E. Sherman March 15, 1929
William Addison Shimer December 20, 1945
Phillip R. Shriver September 2, 1966
March 16, 1973
Lee Shulman August 29, 2004
Marshall D. Shulman August 29, 1980
Hugh Sidey August 29, 1975
Albion W. Small June 21, 1905
H. Lester Smith June 8, 1945
Jay R. Smith August 31, 1989
Edwin Earle Sparks June 19, 1907
Henry Russell Spencer March 19, 1926
Elvis J. Stahr March 15, 1968
William E. Stevenson March 14, 1947
Terry Stewart August 11, 2012
Charles C. Stillman December 21, 1938
R. L. Stine December 13, 2013
Clarence C. Stoughton December 20, 1951
Bland L. Stradley September 4, 1936
Kathryn D. Sullivan March 21, 1997
Louis W. Sullivan December 13, 2002
H. Roger Tatarian December 20, 1966
B.D. Thomas December 17, 1965
Harry C. Thompson December 19, 1969
Lonnie G. Thompson March 21, 2004
William Oxley Thompson June 13, 1900
June 12, 1912
June 14, 1921
June 1, 1928
Robert H. Thurston June 22, 1892
David Tomasko December 12, 2010
Albert H. Tuttle June 25, 1890
Alonzo Hubert Tuttle December 21, 1927
Barbara Uehling March 20, 1980
Thomas Vail September 1, 1967
Roberto Sanchez Vilella March 18, 1966
George H. Vincent June 14, 1914
John A. Volpe September 4, 1970
John M. Vorys September 3, 1943
March 18, 1955
Marilyn Robinson Waldman September 3, 1987
Barbara Walters March 19, 1971
Everett Walters August 29, 1958
Raymond Walters December 19, 1947
J.C. Watts June 9, 2000
Bennett Weaver August 30, 1940
Herman B. Wells December 20, 1963
W. Clarke Wescoe August 31, 1977
Charles E. Wesley March 20, 1953
Arthur Fleming West June 23, 1909
Jacqueline Grennan Wexler November 26, 1975
Leslie H. Wexner June 13, 1986
Carl V. Weygandt June 11, 1948
June 11, 1954
Clifton Wharton Jr. September 3, 1971
H.C. White June 24, 1903
Robert I. White August 23, 1963
Wilbur W. White September 2, 1949
William E. Wickenden December 19, 1946
Terry Wickham March 19, 1959
Brian Williams June 8, 2008
Clyde Williams August 31, 1951
August 21, 1956
Rev. Charles David Williams June 6, 1916
Edwin Willits June 20, 1888
Joseph C. Wilson June 14, 1966
Willard Wirtz March 17, 1977
James Renwick Withrow August 31, 1934
Carl Wittke December 21, 1934
John F. Wolfe September 2, 1999
Louis C. Wright June 7, 1946
Harold L. Yochum March 16, 1951
August 26, 1960
Robert M. Zollinger August 27, 1965
December 9, 1983