Congratulations to the students who will receive degrees this spring. UA has five ceremonies scheduled — one on May 13, two on May 14 and two on May 15.

Friday, May 13, 7 p.m.

Guest Speaker: State Sen. Larry Obhof

Student Speaker: Emmary Sharer, Williams Honors Scholar, marketing management and sales management, summa cum laude

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

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Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. 

Guest Speaker: U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci

Student Speaker: Maggie Johnson, social work, summa cum laude

  • College of Health Professions (undergraduate degrees)
  • U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Commissioning

Saturday, May 14, 2 p.m. 

Guest Speaker: U.S. Sen. Rob Portman

Student Speaker: Stephen Zuravel, mechanical engineering technology

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

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Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m.

Guest Speaker: Lynn Cavalier ’81, chief human resources officer at FirstEnergy

Student Speaker: Sofia ChinchillaWilliams Honors Scholar, biomedical engineering, summa cum laude

  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (graduate degrees)
  • College of Engineering

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

Guest Speaker: State Rep. Emilia Strong Sykes

Student Speaker: Michael Vale, psychology, summa cum laude

  • Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (undergraduate degrees)
  • College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

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We asked members of the Class of 2016 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.

Here is the GradFest schedule for Spring Commencement ceremonies:

  • Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 from noon to 1 p.m.

GradFest at The University of Akron