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Lake Erie College to graduate 151st class

Lake Erie College will graduate its 151st class on Sunday, May 9 at 11 a.m. in the Auxiliary Gym of the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.

This May, 181 students will receive degrees. The graduates will be addressed by Lake Erie College board member Robert J. Shearer. Shearer is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Shearer’s Foods, Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of Shearer’s award winning snacks.

Shearer began in his family’s grocery business stocking only shelves he could reach. As he grew older and taller, he was allowed to stock higher shelves. Shearer attended Walsh University looking for opportunities but was unsure as to the path he wanted to follow after graduation. Thirty-five years ago, he and his brother Tom bought a building and a fryer that would make 125 pounds of potato chips per hour, beginning their own Shearer company.

As CEO, Shearer is responsible for developing the culture and guiding the expansion of the family-owned 35-year old company where the customer always comes first. He has been recognized with numerous accolades, included being inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame in November 2008 and receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Northeast Ohio region. 

Tickets are required for admittance into the commencement ceremony. A free, informal reception will immediately follow commencement in the Arthur S. Holden Center where graduates and their guests are invited to interact with fellow graduates, faculty and staff. 

Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate majors and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.


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