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Student and Guest Information

Graduate FAQs

Is there a limit to how many people I can invite?

No. There is plenty of seating and you may invite as many people as you like.

Do my guests need to RSVP for the ceremony?


Are tickets required for the ceremony?


Will concessions be available?

Concessions are not available at the ceremony. There are vending machines located on the lower level of Goggin by the skate shop. There will also be a reception for the graduates and their families immediately following the ceremony where light refreshments will be served.

Is the reception open to family and friends?


How can I secure my personal items during the ceremony?

It is important that you do not take purses, bags, or other personal items with you into the arena for the ceremony. The ceremony process often requires participants to be seated in a different area/seat after they receive their diploma. This means that personal belongings left at your original seat will be irretrievable until AFTER the ceremony. For your convenience, you may wish to use the lockers provided near the vending area at Goggin. The vending area is located near the skate shop on the lower level of Goggin, just outside the doors to the practice arena. There is a fifty-cent fee for each use.

Faculty Information

Academic Attire

CEC Dean’s Office will pay for the rental of academic attire for faculty and staff who wish to participate in the CEC Recognition Ceremony and do not have their own attire. 

Email to order.

Faculty & Staff Timeline 

2:30pm Goggin doors open. (Bag check required).

3:15pm  Faculty Marshals, Name Card distributors to be in the Practice Arena.

3:30pm  All faculty who are walking in the Processional should arrive in the Practice Arena.

3:45pm  Marshals and faculty facilitate the line-up of students

4:00pm  Ceremony begins

5:30pm (approx)  Ceremony ends. Reception follows immediately in the Practice Arena

For more information about the College of Engineering and Computing ceremony, please contact Meg Sanders at 513-529-4552 or email

Keynote Speakers

2023 Keynote Speaker: Susan Visconte

Susan VisconteAn experienced retail executive, Susan Visconte is thrilled to spend her day at the center of high-impact business development deals. A 20-year veteran with a proven track record in driving significant business growth in consumer product goods and retail, she currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for The Kroger Co.

Susan is passionate about developing a vibrant Cincinnati where entrepreneurship thrives, poverty is eliminated, and community growth is paramount. She invests deeply in organizations that roll up their sleeves to make an impact and serves the Cincinnati community as an advisor, mentor, and volunteer.

Susan earned a degree in Paper Science & Engineering from Miami University. She lives in Cincinnati with her family and wakes each morning grateful for God’s unfailing grace and ready to put on the full armor of God – her strength is in His mighty power.




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Previous Keynote Speakers


Sean Lane, CEO of Olive and Founder, Chairman of Circulo Health


Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, social justice advocate and adjunct assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dr. Lyndsey McMillon-Brown, Researcher at NASA Glenn Research Center


Dr. Phyllis Callahan, University Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs


Greg Van Kirk, co-founder of The New Development Solutions Group


Anne R. Pramaggiore, CEO of ComEd in Chicago, Illinois


Sharon Janosik Mitchell, Alumni Class of 1973


James Free, Director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio


Linda Gooden, retired Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Solutions


Jeff Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Suncorp Business Services


Jeffrey J.Wilcox, Corporate Vice President for Engineering, Lockheed Martin


Alton F. Sanders, professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering


Jon Puz, Director, Business Development, Connance, Inc; CEC Alumnus, Class of 2003


Disha Patel, Manager, Amgen; CEC Alumna, Class of 2002

CEC Student Speakers

2023 Student Speaker: Maximilian Schneider

Maximillian ScheiderMaximilian Schneider grew up on Middle Bass, a small island in Lake Erie. He graduated from Put-in-Bay High School in the spring of 2019, and he joined Miami’s class of 2023 later that year.

Maximilian is graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. In addition, as a member of the combined master’s/bachelor’s program, he is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Computer Science. His master’s thesis is about modeling and generating source code for Bluetooth Low Energy applications on embedded systems. He plans to graduate with his master’s degree in the spring of 2024.

While at Miami, Maximilian has worn many hats. He was a teaching assistant during the summer of 2020. Likewise, he served as a resident assistant in Morris Hall his sophomore and junior years. At the start of his senior year, Maximilian joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Power Electronics Laboratory as a research assistant; his main role was as an embedded systems programmer. Back home, Maximilian spent many summers working as a deckhand aboard the Sonny-S ferry. Outside of work, Maximilian participated in many Make It Miami student panels. He was also a founding member of the student organization Green Gamers. During the summer of 2022, he studied abroad in Calabria, Italy.

In his free time, Maximilian likes to walk- sometimes up to seven miles a day. He also enjoys boating and being on the water. During the winter when Lake Erie freezes, he looks forward to ice fishing.

Maximilian would like to thank all who have supported him on his educational journey, especially his friends, family, and instructors.

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Past Student Speakers


Rachel Duke - BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude 


Micki Smolenski - BS in Software Engineering


Sarah Kollins - BS in Software Engineering


Prasidh Arora - BS in Computer Engineering, Summa Cum Laude


Zane Shreve - BS in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude 

Courtney Wilt -BS in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, University Honors


Ndeye Guisse - BS in Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Pre-Medical Studies co-major, Cum Laude, University Honors, Stamps Scholar


Alexa Miller - BS in Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude


Margaret Ann Riley - BS in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude


Kelley Jordan McGill – BS in Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, University Honors

Richard Marion Marcus, III – BS in Engineering: Electrical Engineering; BS in Engineering: Computer Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, University Honors


Choolwe Milimo Mandona – BS in Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude 

Sean Matthew Fisher – BS in Engineering: Manufacturing Engineering; BS in Engineering: Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, University Honors with Distinction


Nina Marie Gasbarro – BS in Engineering: Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering concentration, Magna Cum Laude


Ryan Arthur Wolfarth – BS in Engineering: Electrical Engineering major, Physics minor


Rebecca Diane Jenkins – Associate in Applied Science in Computer and Information Technology

Michael Robert Eilers – BS in Engineering: Engineering Management, Environmental Specialty; Magna Cum Laude, University Honors


Abby Elizabeth Reagh – AD in Applied Science Nursing, Cum Laude 

Kerry Marie Bennington – BS in Engineering: Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude

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