President Obama Encourages OSU Graduates
Updated: Monday, May 6 2013, 06:22 AM EDT
COLUMBUS -- President Barack Obama urged Ohio State University graduates to be citizens who participate and preserve during the university’s commencement ceremonies Sunday at Ohio Stadium.
Obama implored the graduates not to forget their roles and citizens as they go through life.
“That’s how we end up with lobbyists who set the agenda and policies detached from what middle class families face every day,” Obama said.
University President Gordon Gee invited Obama to appear at commencement ceremonies, making him the third sitting president to deliver a commencement address at the university.
In his call to citizenship Obama invoked the words of President George W. Bush, who spoke in 2002: “Americans need to be more than taxpayers, spectators and occasional voters, [Bush] said. America needs full-time citizens.”
Obama spoke to a crowd of 57,186.
The university awarded diplomas to 10,143 students and honorary degrees to seven people including Obama and photographer Annie Leibovitz, whose work was displayed last year at the Wexner Center for the Arts on campus.