The man set to address graduates in December is known to give his audience goosebumps.
Award-winning author R.L. Stine is scheduled to be the speaker at Ohio State’s Autumn 2013 Commencement, according to a university press release.
The Bexley native and OSU graduate has written more than 300 books for children and young adults, selling more than 350 million worldwide.
“Goosebumps,” Stine’s famous series of children’s fiction books depicting characters in “scary” circumstances, has been translated into 32 different languages and generated a TV show, which was No. 1 in kid’s TV for three years in a row.
“Columbus native and Ohio State alumnus Bob Stine is one of the best-selling children’s writers in history,” said Interim President Joseph Alutto in the OSU release. “On behalf of the university, I am proud to have him return to address our graduates and their families. His journey from 9-year-old with a typewriter to English major at Ohio State to international author will be a fitting final chapter to inspire our graduates to pursue their dreams.”
Stine still writes new additions to the “Goosebumps” series. He has also released other projects, including his autobiography, “It Came from Ohio,” and TV series “The Haunting Hour,” which is in its third season and won an Emmy Award for Best Children’s Series.
Stine graduated from OSU in 1965, earning a B.A. in English. While on campus, Stine was the editor-in-chief of the university’s student-managed humor magazine, “The Sundial,” and some students attribute him to helping the recent re-launch of the organization.
Autumn commencement is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. An estimated 2,500 students are set to graduate, according to the release.
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