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Owen’s class rep. Ms. López Davila and Mayor Kapszukiewicz will address students at commencement, Dec. 13

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH, Dec. 9, 2019: Venezuelan native, María Guadalupe López Davila has been selected as the Owens Community College class representative and addresses the 398 graduates during the 39th Fall Commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. She is graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in Communication Studies and Cum Laude honors.
 

The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center. Admission is free. Wade Kapszukiewicz, Toledo mayor, will serve as the commencement keynote speaker.

Ms. López Davila came to the United States on an F1 student visa following her 2017 graduation from Juan XXIII High School in Valencia, the third-largest city in Venezuela with a population of approximately 1.8 million. She currently resides in Findlay. She sought an opportunity to learn and grow away from her native country’s struggles.

“Maria is a humbly bright individual. Every goal that she sets for herself, she goes beyond it,” Lyndsay Dimick, International Students Advisor, said.

Despite taking English classes since first grade, she said her time at Owens has taught her how to communicate daily in English as she focuses on a Spanish-English communications career in business, journalism, or social media. She said she is now beginning to dream in English as well.

Her mother, Dr. Morella Davila, OBGYN, and father, Rostin López, a statistician and broadcaster for the Magellan Navigators professional baseball team in Valencia, hoped to attend the ceremony.

“I was raised in an environment with strong family values. I wanted to make my family proud, to show my mom and dad they did a good job with me,” Ms. López Davila said.

After graduation, Ms. López Davila has applied for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension to her student visa that would allow her to work for a year in a job related to her major before attending a 4-year university.  “I want to be the best of me so that I represent Venezuela and the Latino culture in what I do,” she said. “I have the duty and responsibility to talk about the good that comes from my country.”

Mayor Kapszukiewicz was elected alcalde Nov. 7, 2017 and took the oath of office on January 2, 2018, becoming the 58th mayor of Toledo. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University in 1994 and was named the valedictorian of the College of Communication, Journalism, and Performing Arts. He received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan in 1996.

Kapszukiewicz is an adjunct professor at Lourdes University, where he teaches a night course in urban policy. An avid baseball fan, Kapszukiewicz had his research published in the Spring 2016 edition of the Society for American Baseball Research journal.

For more information about the ceremony, visit www.owens.edu/commencement.

 

 

 

 
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