Obama to give Ohio State commencement speech

February 20, 2013

President Obama shakes hands at Sloopy's diner inside the student union of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, 0n Aug. 21, 2012. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

President Obama will deliver the commencement address at Ohio State University this spring.

“This is a historic occasion for the university, the city of Columbus, and our graduates and their families,” said President E. Gordon Gee in a statement. “We are honored to have President Obama address our graduates at the university’s largest commencement ever." 

The president has visited Ohio State four times in the past 16 months. He gave a speech on energy independence there last March, kicked off his reelection campaign with a rally at the school in May, dropped by the student union in August and gave a speech there in October asking voters to go to the polls early.

Obama will also deliver the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta, an all-male, historically black institution.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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