LIMA — The graduating class from the University of Northwestern Ohio was so big that they had to split it in two. One was at 10 a.m., the other at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.
More than 1,420 degrees and diplomas were handed out during ceremonies held Sunday.
A total of 1,158 students graduated from the College of Applied Technologies, College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions and Graduate College.
Cameron Blizinski, from Detroit, graduated from the auto mechanics high-performance program at UNOH.
“Academically, the experience was definitely everything I hoped for to be. The school well-rounded you and gave you the basis to be the best technician when you get out into the field but as for entertainment purposes I didn’t just make friends down here — I obviously made a whole bunch of family members. You really isolate who is really there for you in college and definitely, UNOH gave me that experience as well,” said Blizinski.
Brooke Raines, from Harrison, earned a four-year degree in sports marketing and management from UNOH on Sunday.
“It’s been a great experience. I was part of the motorsports teams, so just a big family. The last four years have been very special. I hope to work somewhere in the racing industry, Monster Jam, NASCAR, NHRA, somewhere along those lines,” said Raines.
The students represent 36 states, including Puerto Rico and 27 countries.
“It’s a very special day for everyone at UNOH. It’s the final special day for our graduates who have worked hard to attain their degrees and certificates, and we take pride in the fact that we have students from all over the world graduating today. It’s very special for everyone,” said Dr. Jeff Jarvis, president of UNOH.
UNOH is well positioned to meet the needs of area employers.
“Some of our programs are the result of employers in the community coming to us and say they need a program such as robotics and HVAC. Many of our graduates stay local, stay here, employed here, raise families here and we’re very proud of that, that we can help the community in that way, too,” said Jarvis.
This was UNOH’s 99th annual commencement.
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