December 11, 2013


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Dec. 11, 2013 –Six hundred thirty-seven candidates for graduation, including 139 from the Findlay-area Campus, will receive their degrees during the 33rd annual Owens Community College Fall Commencement on Friday, Dec. 13. The commencement will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the College’s Toledo-area Campus.

Mr. Joseph Napoli, president and general manager, Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye will serve as the keynote speaker. Owens’ commencement ceremony is free and open to the public.

As president and general manager, Napoli manages day-to-day operations for the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye and is responsible for long term planning and business development for Toledo’s professional sports teams. He proudly serves the community through his efforts as a board member with the Great Lakes Center for Autism, ProMedica, The Boys Scouts of America, Toledo Children’s Hospital and the Toledo Symphony.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, he holds a bachelor of science in management from St. John’s University in New York, NY. Napoli and his wife, Annette are the parents of five children.

Maja Valusek, an office administration technology major graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors, has been selected as the Owens class representative and will address the graduates during the ceremony.

The 28-year-old Toledo resident was born in Croatia and fled the war-torn eastern European country for neighboring Serbia with her family in 1991. Her journey to Owens Community College started at the University of Novi Sad in Novi Sad, Serbia, where she met her future husband, Boris. She never completed her degree in tourism management after Boris received a U.S. Green Card in 2008. They married immediately and moved to the Toledo upon entering the U.S. in March 2009.

She is the first person from her immediate family to earn a college degree.She plans to continue her education and earn a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and perhaps complete a master’s degree in the future.

“It is a huge accomplishment to finally get this degree after four years of schooling in Serbia and two-and-a-half years here in Toledo,” explained Valusek. “I am happy that all the hard work and sleepless nights paid off, and in such an amazing way – by being given the opportunity to represent all student graduates this fall.”

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Owens Community College has served Northwest Ohio since 1965 as an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education with an open-door admission policy. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has 54 programs that are accredited through their own discipline-specific accrediting bodies. For more information, visit