August 4th 2019 — From Ohio State News: Soil scientist Rattan Lal, one of The Ohio State University’s most decorated faculty researchers, addressed the university’s summer graduates. Approximately 1,500 degrees were awarded at the summer commencement ceremony, which began at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4., at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
“I am pleased to welcome Distinguished University Professor Rattan Lal to speak at our 422nd commencement ceremony this summer,” said President Michael V. Drake. “A world-renowned scholar and Buckeye alumnus, Dr. Lal has devoted his career to addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time, from food scarcity to climate change - scholarship that will uplift and inspire our graduates as they prepare to make their own mark on our world.”
During the ceremony, the university also presented Distinguished Service Awards, recognizing individuals who have rendered exceptional service to the university, to Gifford Weary, professor emeritus and former chair of psychology and former divisional dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences, and posthumously to Richard A. Hollingsworth, who completed his 35-year Ohio State career as vice president for Student Life, retiring in 2009.