Ohio State handed out a school-record 11,040 degrees this weekend, thirteen of which went to current or former members of the Buckeye football team.
Also in attendance, former Buckeye Adam Griffin, who happens to be the son of commencement speaker Archie Griffin.
Archie’s message might not have been new to Adam. (Dad also gave the commencement address at Adam’s high school graduation.) However, for those who had not heard the speech before, it centered on the theme of coming back after facing adversity.
The elder Griffin noted that in his first game as a freshman, he fumbled the ball and feared he had fumbled away his chance to be a Buckeye football player.
That was, of course, before he went on to become the first, and still only, two-time Heisman winner.
“Because I kept working hard, because I found the joy and silver lining–no, I should say a scarlet and gray lining–in the test of my faith, that produced endurance and made me better,” said Griffin.
The three current Buckeyes to earn their degrees this weekend were defensive back Tyvis Powell (family resource management), offensive lineman Chase Farris (family resource management) and long-snapper Bryce Haynes (biology).
According to Ohio State, there are now five graduates expected on the 2015 roster, and that number is likely to grow with several players set to graduate at the end of this summer.