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Chris Pan (Founder, MyIntent)

Chris Pan, social entrepreneur, musician and inspirational speaker, will be the commencement speaker at The Ohio State University’s spring commencement.

Mr. Pan, who graduated from Ohio State in 1999, worked for PepsiCo and Facebook before starting his own company, MyIntent. MyIntent makes bracelets with a customer-chosen word that helps the wearer remember to live intentionally. In addition, Pan’s umbrella organization SpiritLab promotes spiritual health and growth through experimentation. 

“Chris Pan is an incredible example of taking everything you gain at Ohio State and applying it to find solutions that improve the world after graduation,” said Ohio State President Walter “Ted” Carter Jr. “As we celebrate commencement, I am confident Chris will inspire our graduates to make their own impact as they begin their journey as lifelong Buckeyes.”

Mr. Pan was named homecoming king in 1998. The milestone remains significant to him.

“I made a commitment to use that recognition to help others,” he said. “It’s an honor to come back 25 years later to share what I’ve learned to help others live free and authentic lives for a harmonious and prosperous society.”

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Spring Commencement 2024

May 5, 2024
Ohio Stadium