Congratulations to the students who will receive degrees this spring. UA has six ceremonies scheduled — one on May 12, three on May 13 and two on May 14. University of Akron President Matthew J. Wilson will deliver the address at each ceremony.

Friday, May 12, 7 p.m.

  • College of Business Administration
  • The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education
  • Wayne College

Student Speaker: Callie Mack, marketing management, summa cum laude

Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.

  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (graduate degrees)
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Commissioning

Student Speaker: Lucas Gsellman, biomedical engineering, summa cum laude

Saturday, May 13, 2 p.m. 

  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (under­graduate degrees)

Student Speaker: Samuel Bunting, biology, summa cum laude

Saturday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. 

  • Summer degree candidates from all colleges

Student Speaker: Nicholas Oblisk, emergency management and homeland security, cum laude

Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.

  • College of Health Professions (under­graduate degrees)

Student Speaker: Ashley Capestrain, nursing, summa cum laude

Sunday, May 14, 2 p.m.

  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • College of Health Professions (graduate degrees)

Student Speaker: Zachary Strohl, construction engineering technology, magna cum laude


We asked members of the Class of 2017 what's next and what their Akron Experience meant to them.

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Gradfest at The University of AkronGradFest is a celebration for the graduates, their families and friends at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

It features music, refreshments and photo ops with Zippy, UA's loveable mascot.

GradFest at The University of Akron