LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio’s 94th annual commencement exercises will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center. A total of 1,191 students from the College of Applied Technologies, College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions and Graduate College will receive their degrees and diplomas. There are 440 students who have earned two or more credentials.

John Zimmerly Jr. was nominated to be the graduation speaker representing the Graduate College and the Colleges of Business, Health Professions and Occupational Professions. He was nominated by the faculty because of his dedication to the university and knowledge within his field of study. Zimmerly is originally from Lafayette, Ohio, and was the Valedictorian of Allen East High School’s Class of 2010. He chose to attend UNOH after receiving a full-tuition academic scholarship for his chosen field of accounting. Zimmerly will be receiving his Baccalaureate Degree in accounting.

During his time at UNOH, Zimmerly was a member of the President’s Advisory Council where he was able to meet regularly with President Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis and offer suggestions from fellow students about the University. Zimmerly also works in the Academic Skills Lab as a tutor for other accounting students. When asked to describe a memorable experience at UNOH, Zimmerly said, “When I received the letter that I won a full-tuition scholarship for my 4-year accounting degree it made my college choice easier. I also loved meeting all the new students on campus and was honored to have the ability to help other students with their accounting classes in the Academic Skills Lab.”

Wes Lewis was nominated to be the graduation speaker for the College of Applied Technologies. He was nominated by faculty in the College of Applied Technologies due to his academic success, being an active participant in classes and for being a positive influence on his fellow students. Lewis is originally from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He is a 2010 graduate of Hopewell High School and chose to attend UNOH because he was able to receive college credit for some of his high school coursework. Lewis will be receiving his Associate’s Degree in Automotive, Diesel and High Performance Technology along with a Diploma in Alternate Fuels. Lewis says, “My entire experience at UNOH was memorable. Having already received my Associate degrees in multiple fields of study, I am now able to continue my education by working toward my Baccalaureate Degree in Mechanical Engineering.”

The University Grand Marshal this year is Dr. Maryann Brohard. Dr. Brohard is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Applied Technologies and teaches Basic English, Composition I & II, and Human Communications. Steve Brown is the Marshal for the College of Applied Technologies and Taylor Booth is the Marshal for the Colleges of Business, Health Professions, Occupational Professions and Graduate College.

The 2014 University of Northwestern Ohio graduates represent 35 states and 9 countries (United States of America, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Pakistan, United Kingdom, and Venezuela).