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Spring Commencement Includes First UD Sinclair Academy Graduate

Maria Loyd will mark an important milestone for the University of Dayton when she crosses the commencement stage — as the first graduate of the UD Sinclair Academy.

Loyd will accept her diploma alongside more than 1,600 undergraduates at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 12, at the University of Dayton Arena. Spring commencement exercises also include ceremonies for law students May 4, and graduate students May 11. With these ceremonies, the University expects to set records for the total number of spring graduates, more than 2,000, and the total number of graduates in a single academic year, more than 3,000.

“We are proud to celebrate with our students their hard work and dedication that led to their graduation day,” said Julia Thompson, associate director of admission and financial aid. “This is especially true for our UD Sinclair Academy students. With such a young program — the Academy was only announced three years ago — we are thrilled to see our first graduate already and we look forward to many more students earning their diplomas in the years to come.”

The Academy, a partnership with Sinclair Community College, was designed to remove financial barriers that might exist for some students, making a four-year education more accessible and affordable. It offers clear pathways in more than 50 majors and ensures students are included on both campuses from day one. Academy students have access to University facilities and amenities, including athletic events, peer mentoring and the opportunity to join student clubs while taking classes at Sinclair. They also have academic advisors on both campuses.

Loyd, a Kettering Fairmont High School graduate, learned about the Academy in an education class at Sinclair. She worked with advisors on both campuses to determine all her classes from Sinclair would count toward a degree in the University’s middle childhood education bachelor’s program.

“A lot of people opened their arms to me, so it was an easy transition from Sinclair to UD,” Loyd said. “The Academy was the best thing to ever happen to me. I am so blessed for all the experiences and opportunities I’ve been given throughout my journey.”

With certifications to teach math and science in grades four to nine, and social studies and language arts in grades four to six, Loyd hopes to get a teaching job in the Dayton area after graduation. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree from UD in the future.

“I was lucky to start at Sinclair and figure out what I want to do with my life,” Loyd said. “I am so excited to graduate and bring my experience as a transfer student into teaching.”

The spring commencement ceremonies will be live streamed online. Watch the law ceremony here and the graduate/doctoral ceremony here.

Watch the undergraduate ceremony here. The undergraduate ceremony will include an honorary degree awarded to Ro Nita Hawes-Saunders, CEO of the world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Read more information on Hawes-Saunders here.


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