Student Commencement Speakers

At each commencement ceremony, one undergraduate student is invited to represent his or her graduating class and talk about his or her Akron Experience.  Here we profile some of the students who have recently presented the student commencement address.

Erica Piper: 'En pointe' for career in dance

The University of Akron

Piper

She received a B.A. in Dance Education on August 15, 2015.


Amanda Puleo designs a career

The University of Akron

Puleo

She received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design (magna cum laude) on May 10, 2015.


Destiny Huggins

The University of Akron

Huggins

She received a B.A. in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology on May 9, 2015.


Benjamin Stasik: Degree helps burnish an already glowing career

The University of Akron

Stasik

He received a B.S. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (summa cum laude) on December 12, 2014.


Gabrielle Dimengo: Building a career by the numbers

The University of Akron

Dimengo

She received a B.B.A. in Accounting (summa cum laude) on May 9, 2014.


Shelby Torre: Personal experience defines career choice

The University of Akron

Torre

She received a B.S. in Nursing (magna cum laude) on December 13, 2013.


Patricia Abboud: Set on a career path to help others

The University of Akron

Abboud

She received a B.S. in Nursing (summa cum laude) on August 17, 2013.


Prang Pantusart: UA has been a welcoming second home

The University of Akron

Pantusart

She received a B.S. in Finance (cum laude) on May 10, 2013.


Christian Turner: Military service opens doors; provides a mission

The University of Akron

Turner

She received a B.S. in Organizational Communication (cum laude) on December 14, 2012.


Carmen Roscoe: From field hospital to classroom and career she loves

The University of Akron

Roscoe

She received a B.S. in Nursing on December 15, 2012.


Michelle Hetson: Engineering combines her love of math and science

The University of Akron

Hetson

She received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (summa cum laude) on August 11, 2012.


Kristina Kehoe: Sets ‘stage’ at UA for next phase of her career prep

The University of Akron

Kehoe

She received a B.S. in Exercise Science (magna cum laude) on May 6, 2012.


Frank Laury: Future business leader

The University of Akron

Laury

He received a B.B.A. in Sales Management on August 15, 2015.


Brian Woods

The University of Akron

Woods

He received a B.S. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security (magna cum laude) on May 10, 2015.


Garrett Dowd

The University of Akron

Dowd

He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) on May 9, 2015.


Elliot Georgiadis

The University of Akron

Georgiadis

She received a B.A. in Education and History (summa cum laude) on May 8, 2015.


Stephanie Rymer: She'll be head of the class

The University of Akron

Rymer

She received a B.S. in Education - Middle Level Education (summa cum laude) on December 13, 2014.


Lindsay Trujillo: Biochemistry major inspired to have a career in public health

The University of Akron

Trujillo

She received a B.S. in Biochemistry (magna cum laude) on December 13, 2014.


Stephen McNulty: Finds his calling is in medicine

The University of Akron

McNulty

He received a B.S. in Biology with a pre-med concentration (magna cum laude) on May 10, 2014.


Jordan Pana: Creates lasting gift for future students

The University of Akron

Pana

He received a B.B.A. in Marketing Management and Integrated Marketing Communications (summa cum laude) on December 14, 2013.


Edward Machek: Working to become ‘Professor Machek’

The University of Akron

Machek

He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering (magna cum laude) on August 17, 2013.


Michael Martin: Achieving his dreams, one at a time

The University of Akron

Martin

He received a B.S. in Political Science/Criminal Justice (summa cum laude) on May 11, 2013.


Eric Downing: Career path set for this nontraditional student

The University of Akron

Downing

He received a B.S. in Construction Engineering Technology (magna cum laude) on December 15, 2012.


Nicolle LaNasa: This citizen of the world plans to help others

The University of Akron

LanNasa

She received a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Anthropology (summa cum laude) on August 11, 2012.


Mark Hedegore: His second career begins now

The University of Akron

Hedegore

He received a B.S. in Dietetics (summa cum laude) on May 6, 2012.