Over 1,230 students recently earned degrees from the University of Akron. Included in that number are four locals; Allexis Filby of Newcomerstown, Bachelor of Music in Music Education-Instrumental Band; Zachary Snader of Newcomerstown, Bachelor of Science in Political Science - CJ Track 2; Kayla Cowden of Coshocton, Bachelor of Arts in Child Development; and Derek Wright of Coshocton, Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Engineering Tech.

The University of Akron (UA) is the region's most influential public research university, contributing to the resurgence of the local economy, providing a highly skilled workforce, and known for an innovative approach to higher education. With nearly 26,000 students and more than 300 associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate and law degree programs, UA offers career-focused and experiential learning that defines the polytechnic approach to education. From polymers and psychology, to engineering and integrated marketing communications, to education and choreography, UA brings together various disciplines in ways that provide students with life-long skills, internships and co-ops, opportunities for academic research, study abroad, on-campus student employment and service projects designed for diverse groups of learners, including full-time, part-time and on-line students, veterans, and adults returning to the classroom.