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Bush To Speak At OSU Commencement

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush will speak at the Ohio State University spring commencement on June 14, marking the president's second visit to Columbus in two months, the White House said on Thursday.

Bush's speech at Ohio State will kick off a campaign to urge graduating college students to volunteer in their communities, spokesman Ari Fleischer said. As many as 40 top administration officials will discuss public service in a series of commencement addresses, he said.

Ohio State said last month that students had invited Bush to speak.

Ohio State students always choose the speaker for the ceremony, the largest of the four commencements the university conducts each year. Bill Cosby was the speaker at last year's spring commencement.

Bush would be the second sitting president to speak at an Ohio State commencement.

Gerald Ford spoke at the university shortly after he replaced Richard Nixon as president in 1974 following Nixon's resignation.

Ronald Reagan declined an invitation to speak at the university's 1987 spring commencement.

Bush was last in Columbus on May 10 to promote his welfare reform plan.

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