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Ed Fitzgerald even procrastinated getting his diploma

Ed Fitzgerald

Ed Fitzgerald

As Election Day nears, I find myself going through the state’s political news and punditry with ever increasing attention. As I was scrolling through an article in the Columbus Dispatch, a couple sentences caught my attention: “FitzGerald insists he graduated from Ohio State University in 1990. But university records show, unequivocally, that FitzGerald’s date of graduation was December of 1991.”

Wait… what?

How can one claim that he graduated one year but didn’t get his diploma (that little piece of paper all college kids, including me, work so hard for) until the year after?

Turns out Ed Fitzgerald’s habit of procrastination was present even in his college days. Records indicate that although Ed finished his course work in 1990, he didn’t bother to fill out his graduation application. You got that right, folks. It took Ed Fitzgerald 18 months to even bother to get his diploma. But maybe that shouldn’t be surprising as it took him 10 years to get his driver’s license.

This story struck a particularly sour note for me as I’m getting ready to enter my fourth year at The Ohio State University. Ohio State has always been my dream school and I cannot contain my excitement to be getting my diploma in a little less than a year.

Over the past 3 years, Buckeye Nation has become an integral part of who I am. Ask any of the 1,000,000+ living Ohio State alumni and they’ll say the same. But maybe that’s because a majority of us lived and breathed the Ohio State way of mind instead of following the Ed Fitzgerald model and spend 3 years at Big Ten foe Indiana before completing only our last year at Ohio State.

In fact, last October, when asked by the Columbus Dispatch to produce his Ohio State diploma, Ed couldn’t find it… A slap in the face to the 1,000,000+ people who have worked so hard to be called Buckeyes for life. I know that once I get my diploma, I’ll always have it on display for all to see.

It sure is hard to alienate a million people with one newspaper article. But with the goat rodeo that is the Ed Fitzgerald campaign, anything is possible, I suppose.

Go Bucks!

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