Buchanan Earns Degree

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Buchanan Among Graduates at OSU Spring Commencement

By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ben Buchanan would like to make a living in the National Football League next season.

Ben Buchanan
Photo by Dan Harker
Ben Buchanan

The redshirt senior out of Westerville Central has been working towards a career in professional football since he first took up punting at a young age, but if that doesn’t work out, Buchanan has plenty of other options.

“There’s a number of things I’d look at,” Buchanan said as he prepares for his final season with the Ohio State football team. 

“I love my communications background. I’d be very interested in being a college athletic director one day like Mr. (Gene) Smith. I think he does an excellent job. Being able to run a university is a very complex thing in itself.”

Buchanan, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree, was among the 123 current and former Ohio State student-athletes who received a degree at spring quarter commencement at Ohio Stadium on Sunday.

His undergraduate degree is in strategic communications, and Buchanan said he would even consider a career as a sports journalist after his playing days are over. He is also very interested in community service, and spent his senior year spring break (March 2012) working for the Collier County (Florida) Habitat for Humanity building houses for the underprivileged.

Ohio State’s starting punter the last two seasons, Buchanan was a finalist as a junior in 2011 for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is presented to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.

Along with his communications degree, he has plenty of other ideas about what he would like to do with life after football.

“I have other passions, like running my own business,” said Buchanan, who will attend graduate school at Ohio State in the fall.

“A dream of mine would be to work with the PGA Tour.”

Buchanan was not the only Ohio State football player who received a degree on Sunday — the final graduating class for students who will spend their entire undergrad experience on the quarters system.

Joining him on the big stage Sunday were former OSU standouts like tight end Jake Ballard (sport and leisure studies), linebacker Andrew Sweat (marketing) and defensive back Nate Ebner (human nutrition). Backup safety Zach Domicone also received his degree in marketing during spring commencement, along with former walk-ons Chris Maxwell (mechanical engineering), James Georgiades (biology), Spencer Smith (marketing), Garrett Dornbrook (mechanical engineering) and Bo DeLande (sport and leisure studies).

Relief pitcher Andrew Armstrong was among the six OSU baseball players who received degrees on Sunday, and there were plenty of other Ohio State student-athletes who joined the largest graduating class in school history.

In adding 10,642 graduates to the school’s extensive alumni list, Ohio State’s 400th graduating class was also its largest, and the last for the academic-quarter system.

The university will officially make the switch to a semester system beginning this summer, with the session set to begin next Monday. That will be the first academic semester for the rest of Ohio State’s 2012 football recruiting class.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, the U.S. representative to the United Nations, gave the commencement address on Sunday. She is a Washington, D.C. native with a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Stanford University, along with Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford.

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