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Graduates in the spotlight: Fall Commencement is Dec. 10


Dave Winter

The University of Akron will confer more than 1,300 undergraduate and graduate degrees at its Dec. 10 commencement ceremonies, scheduled at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St.

Among the students receiving diplomas are Dave Winter and Krysta M. Cione, who are being singled out for an additional honor. They have been chosen to speak on behalf of the Fall 2011 Class as student responders.

2011 Fall Commencement

For more about Dave Winter and Krysta M. Cione, and all the details on the Dec. 10 commencement ceremonies and activities, visit UA’s Graduation website.

Winter, who will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony, is graduating with a B.S. in in Accounting. The Long Island, N.Y., native came to UA as a nontraditional student after careers in New York City as a police officer and arson investigator.

Krysta Cione

When his work at Ground Zero in the months following 9/11 led to breathing problems and then retirement, he and his wife moved with their young son to her native Northeast Ohio. From there, he decided to pursue a long-held interest in the financial field.

Soon, Winter will be sitting for the Certified Public Accountant Exam and, he hopes, launching his own business.

Cione, of Hermitage, Pa., will receive a B.S. in Geology and Environmental Sciences, summa cum laude, at the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony.

Like so many of her classmates, Cione is the first person in her family to go to college. And, as so many students do, she changed majors along the way. She not only found the right fit for her, she made the most of the research opportunities afforded to her during her time at UA.

After a little time off, Cione plans to return to the classroom this fall for graduate school.