Graduates of The University of Akron


The University of Akron celebrates the achievements of its newest graduates at commencement ceremonies in May, August and December at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, 198 Hill St.

Spring 2015 ceremonies are scheduled May 8 at 7 p.m., May 9 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday, May 10, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Graduating veterans wear red, white and blue honor cords with their academic regalia as UA recognizes their service to our country.

The School of Law will host its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in Thomas Hall. Learn more.

Spring Commencement 

Friday, May 8, 7 p.m.

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education

Student speaker: Elliot Georgiadis, honors, dual major in education and social studies, summa cum laude

Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.

  • College of Health Professions (undergraduate degrees)

Student speaker: Destiny La'Shae Huggins, speech-language pathology and audiology

Saturday, May 92 p.m.

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Professions (graduate degrees)
  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

Student speaker: Garrett Dowd, honors, mechanical engineering, summa cum laude

Sunday, May 10, 10 a.m.

  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate degrees)

Student speaker: Amanda Puleo, graphic design, magna cum laude

Sunday, May 102 p.m.

  • College of Applied Science and Technology
  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (graduate degrees)
  • Wayne College

Student speaker: Brian Woods, honors, emergency management/homeland security, magna cum laude

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Senior Week

A week of events for graduating seniors runs from Saturday, April 25 to Friday, May 1. See what's planned.

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GradFest celebration

GradFest 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.

Here is the GradFest schedule for Spring Commencement ceremonies:

  • Saturday, May 9, 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 10, 11:30 a.m.

Graduates in the spotlight

Meet Stephanie Rymer, Benjamin Stasik and Lindsay Trujillo, three of the many talented students who have made the most of their years at The University of Akron through hard work in the classroom as well as experiential learning opportunities.

They were chosen to speak on behalf of the Fall Class of 2014 as student responders at the Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 commencement ceremonies.

You can read their stories at Stephanie Rymer, Ben Stasik and Lindsay Trujillo.

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