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
“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
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