Wait, it’s commencement time already?
United States Senator Rob Portman will be addressing more than 3,600 graduates in the Jerome Schottenstein Center on Dec. 2 in the 417th graduation ceremony here at Ohio State, according to a press release from the university. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m.
“We are pleased to welcome United States Senator Rob Portman to speak at our university’s 417th commencement ceremony,” said President Michael V. Drake in a press release. “Senator Portman has represented Ohio as an active, involved and committed citizen at the highest levels of government. He participates regularly in many of the most important conversations of our time and has a broad and lengthy record of service and legislative engagement. His extensive knowledge and experience will energize our students as they consider ways they might create their own mark on our broader world.”
Portman, a Cincinnati-native, has been serving as a senator since 2010 and was re-elected to his position in 2016. Before being elected senator, Portman served as a Congress member where he represented southern Ohio in1993. He also served as the United States Trade Representative for the George W. Bush administration in 2005 and the following year he made the move to the Office of Management and Budget. More recently, Portman has been serving on the board of advisors for the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.
Portman attended Dartmouth where he received a BA and later attended the University of Michigan Law School where he earned a JD. We won’t hold the degree from Michigan against him.
During the Autumn commencement ceremony, Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, will be awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.