People who have experience in business, higher education and science are to address graduates of Heidelberg University and Tiffin University in May.
Julian Earls, executive in residence at Monte Ahuja College of Business Administration at Cleveland State University, is to speak during Heidelberg's graduate commencement May 12, and Carol Cartwright, president emerita of Bowling Green State University, is to speak during the undergraduate ceremony May 13.
Christopher Michel, an entrepreneur and investor, is to speak during TU's commencement May 5.
A release from TU states Michel is one of three people featured in the book "The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship" by Bill Murphy.
Michel is an author and photographer, founded www.Military.com, created Affinity Labs and is the leader of Nautilus Ventures, a seed venture fund, the release states.
The release states the university previously has had two separate ceremonies because of limited space in Gillmor Student Center.
This year, TU is to have one ceremony in the new recreation center, 350 Miami St.
Michael Grandillo, TU's vice president for development and public affairs, said it is an exciting day and a proper way to celebrate the new recreation center by having an academic commencement.
He said the building being completed has been a personal and professional quest for almost eight years, and the day will be filled with the emotion of graduates and those people who helped create the recreation center.
"Many, many people have played a role in making this rec center a possibility," he said.
Grandillo said the building is in the final state of preparation for the opening day.
"We will be dedicating the rec center May 4, and that will be open to the public," he said.
According to a release from Heidelberg, Cartwright was BGSU's first female president. Cartwright, who also served as president at Kent State University, served as BGSU's interim president in July 2008, became president in June 2009 and retired in 2011.
Dave Weininger, Heidelberg's provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Cartwright has a long history in education.
"She's been a leader in the educational community. ... She's been active on several boards," he said.
The release states Earls retired from the position of director of NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland prior to working at Cleveland State. He is the author of more than 30 publications, it states.
"What is remarkable about Dr. Earls is his long history as an educator but also as (an) author. ... He's a very noted speaker," Weininger said.
He said Earls is a marathon runner who has carried the Olympic torch.
"He's done some really, really interesting things," he said.