August 9, 2020
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Commencement offers students and guests inspiration from distinguished individuals with a variety of experiences.

Michael Wesley Redd
CEO and Founder
22 Ventures

Michael Redd, an Olympic gold medalist and former NBA All-Star for the Milwaukee Bucks, will deliver the commencement address to summer Ohio State University graduates. Mr. Redd is a homegrown Buckeye who committed to Ohio State after graduating from Columbus West High School.

The 1998 Big Ten Freshman of the Year was also a three-time Ohio State MVP, an All-Big Ten selection and a four-time Big Ten Player of the Week. Redd, who averaged 35.1 minutes a game, ranks sixth in career scoring at Ohio State with 1,879 points. In three seasons as a Buckeye, he averaged 19.6 points per game, the seventh-best career scoring average in Ohio State history.

A team captain in 2000, Mr. Redd was drafted in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He was an NBA All-Star in 2004 and a five-time Bucks MVP. In 2008, Mr. Redd competed with the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic Team in Beijing.

Mr. Redd was elected into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. 

He has been building, developing and investing in tech-focused startups since he retired from the NBA in 2013. He graduated in 2015 with a degree from the College of Arts & Sciences.

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2020 Summer Commencement

August 9, 2020