College of Business and Innovation

Congratulations, 2020 Graduates

We’re proud to celebrate the 517 graduating students from the John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo’s Fall 2020 Commencement. Congratulations on your achievements and go Rockets!

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High-tech education. Engaged faculty experts. High job-placement rates. UToledo’s John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation prepares you for rewarding jobs in the field. The business industry demands skilled professionals ready to accept the challenges of an evolving world. We’re committed to giving you the tools and networking opportunities to thrive. Let The University of Toledo be your partner in achieving your educational and career goals.

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The John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation is ranked #235 in Best Undergraduate Business Programs Rankings by U.S. News & World Report for 2021.

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The University of Toledo John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation is one of a select group of business schools that meets the most rigorous standards of excellence in business education set by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). There are 876?business institutions in 57 countries and territories that have earned AACSB Accreditation. Similarly, 190?institutions hold an additional, specialized AACSB Accreditation for their accounting programs. The College of Business and Innovation currently holds both accreditations.

Meet Lesline Sims

’20, Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Information Systems

“I decided to double major because that way one can have more diversity in their skill sets.”

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Meet Drew Rosi

’20, Bachelor of Business in Finance

“Being able to graduate college and pursue a career in football or finance or something else entirely, my time at Toledo will give me the opportunity to be successful in whatever I do.”

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Meet DjeneBa Diallo

’20, Bachelor of Business in Finance

“That impact, how I affect the population directly, how I am impacting someone’s life, actually seeing the results, being hands-on — that’s what drives me.”

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Meet Emir Moore

’20, Bachelor of Business in Management and Marketing

“My time at UToledo has been priceless with everlasting memories. I am staying positive and appreciative of the support from The University of Toledo and my family.”

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Meet Mariella Santucci

’20, Bachelor of Business in International Business

“My time at Toledo was great and prepared me for my future. I’m the person that I am now because of all my experiences with the Rockets.”

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Meet Grant Godfrey

’20, Bachelor of Business in Marketing

“I have grown tremendously the past four years in all areas. I’ve become a more well-rounded player and person. I have also learned how to be a leader and how to push people to be their best. I have become more resilient as a person. I had many ups and downs like many other athletes, but as bad as it got, I never gave up.”

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Meet Obi Anunike

’20, Bachelor of Business in Finance and Management

“I give a lot of credit to my parents. They knew that education was the only way out for them, so they emphasized that for us. My father earned his Ph.D., and my mother also earned her bachelor’s degree. They wanted to raise a family in this country, and education made that possible.”

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Virtual Dean's Brunch

This year’s Dean’s Brunch features Distinguished Alumnus, Jim Smith. Smith, who is the executive vice president of sales at Paramount Pictures,?discusses the impact his UToledo education had on his life and career.?
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Last Updated: 12/14/20