Owens class rep, 44, proves education possible at any age

Owens will host its 31st commencement ceremony on Friday night. / Owens Community College Facebook

Owens Community College's class representative, 44-year-old mother Terri Leary, never sight of her passion as a full-time business management student and will now address her graduating class during commencement on Friday night.

The 1985 Rogers High School graduate holds a 3.89 grade point average and also received the first-ever Owens Board of Trustees Certificate of Recognition for Exemplary Academic Achievement award. In addition, Leary was one of 12 national finalists in the National Economics Insider Symposium and only one of two students honored from community colleges. She had the opportunity to present on improving the economy through providing prescriptions for senior citizens at the conference in Washington D.C.

"I was overwhelmed by the support I received at Owens from the faculty. When I was preparing for the Economics Symposium, I received help from faculty who had never even been my instructors," she said. "The Owens faculty and staff really care about student success and are willing to go above and beyond to help students."

Leary, along with 490 graduation candidates, will receive their degrees during the 31st annual Owens Community College Fall Commencement at 7 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the College TMs Toledo-area Campus.

After graduation, Leary plans on transferring to a four-year institution to continue working toward her bachelor TMs degree and then her master TMs degree within the area of business or human resources.