U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will deliver the commencement address to Ohio State University graduates this December, the school announced Tuesday.
The three-term Ohio senator and Ohio State alumnus will address approximately 3,600 students receiving degrees on Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Schottenstein Center.
In a news release, Ohio State president Michael V. Drake welcomed the senator and applauded his public service.
“An engaged leader and proud Ohio State alumnus, Senator Brown lends his broad expertise to some of our nation’s most significant policy discussions,” Drake said. “His passion for public service will inspire our graduates as they consider their own impact as global citizens.”
After attending Yale University for his undergraduate degree, Brown received master’s degrees in education and public administration from Ohio State in 1979 and 1981.
The Mansfield native went on to be elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1975 at age 22 before being elected to Congress in 1992, representing Ohio’s 13th District. He was re-elected six times in the U.S. House of Representatives before he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, where he still serves.
Admission for Ohio State’s autumn commencement is free, but graduating students must request tickets for their guests. Students will be guaranteed four tickets and will have the option to join waitlist for additional tickets.