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Thanksgiving Dinner

An annual event, Thanksgiving Dinner brings together the campus community of students, faculty and staff unable to return home for the long holiday weekend. An Ohio State Signature Event, Thanksgiving Dinner is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of International Affairs, the Office of Student Life's Dining Services and The Ohio State University Alumni Association. The Ohio State Thanksgiving Dinner is featured in a U.S. News & World Report article: 5 College Thanksgiving Traditions and photos of the event are in this Thanksgiving Traditions Slideshow.

View last year's slideshow for the 2015 Thanksgiving Dinner highlights.

Ohio State hosted one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus on Thursday, November 26 at the Ohio Union. Over 150 volunteers helped serve the traditional Thanksgiving meal to nearly 1,600 guests, including students, staff and faculty, along with their families, who were unable to travel home for the holiday.

The Ohio State University Thanksgiving Dinner Video

The Ohio State University will host one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus on Thursday, November 26, in the Ohio Union. The annual event estimates 1,600 guests will attend, including the students, faculty and staff, along with their families, who are unable to travel home for the holiday. Joining them will be many volunteers throughout the university community to assist in serving the traditional turkey dinner.

Seatings for the dinner will take place at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., and all guests must have a ticket to enter. Tickets are free and will be available on Monday, November 16 in 100 Oxley Hall, the Hale Black Cultural Center and the Ohio Union Information Center.

The traditional Thanksgiving Dinner will include 650 pounds of turkey, 30 gallons of gravy, 432 pounds each of green beans and corn, 320 pounds of corn bread and 2,000 slices of pie.

Ohio State's Thanksgiving Dinner began 24 years ago as a gathering of 25 graduate students in the Hale Black Cultural Center, and has grown to include a broad participation from out-of-state and international students. Thanksgiving Dinner is a Signature Event at Ohio State and is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of International Affairs.