AKRON -- Congratulations to the 2,994 candidates from 29 states and 39 countries who earned 66 doctoral degrees; 91 juris doctor degrees; 649 master's degrees; 1,886 bachelor's degrees; and 302 associate degrees.

Local students include: Wilson Doudna of Barnesville, Bachelor of Science in Acctg Accounting; Tyler Potochnik of Barnesville, BS in Computer Science Computer Sci - Systems; Kirsten Baker of Quaker City, BS in Computer Science Computer Sci - Systems; Megan Theaker of St. Clairsville, Bachelor of Science Chemical Engr - Coop Edu; Jesse Smith of St. Clairsville, Bachelor of Arts Geology - Environmental Sci; Ammon White of St. Clairsville, Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering Tech; Samantha Hodgson of St. Clairsville, Bachelor of Science Biology.

The University of Akron (UA) is the region's most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly skilled workforce, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and integrated marketing communications, to education and choreography, UA brings together various disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.