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ASU Spring Commencement Activities

May 08, 2012

More than 700 students, including the first-ever group of Doctor of Physical Therapy recipients, are scheduled to graduate during Angelo State University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 12, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, 2235 S. Jackson St.

Graduates of the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services, including the doctoral graduates, will walk the stage during a 10 a.m. ceremony.  Graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Business will walk the stage in a 2 p.m. ceremony.  All of ASU’s commencement activities are open free to the public. 

During ASU’s commencement, 19 doctoral degrees, 104 master’s degrees, 509 bachelor’s degrees and 113 associate degrees are scheduled to be presented.  Graduate students will earn 19 doctor of physical therapy, 27 master of arts, 30 master of education, eight master of business administration, eight master of accountancy, one master of science in nursing and 39 master of science degrees. 

Undergraduates will receive 111 bachelor of arts, 74 bachelor of business administration, four bachelor of fine arts, 16 bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, three bachelor of music, 22 bachelor of social work, 241 bachelor of science, 38 bachelor of science in nursing and 113 associate of applied science in nursing degrees. 

Additionally, about 120 students who are scheduled to complete their degree requirements in August will participate in the spring commencement ceremonies.  The commencement speaker will be ASU alumnus Kevin Carroll, former Nike executive, author and founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst LLC. 

The commencement ceremonies will conclude two days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus.  At 10 a.m. on Friday, May 11, ASU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 will conduct its spring Commissioning Ceremony for 10 graduating cadets in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center inside the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.  Each cadet will receive an appointment as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. 

Also on Friday, the nursing program will conduct its annual Pinning Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.  Pinning ceremonies became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students’ completion of nursing education and entry into the profession. 

At 7 p.m. Friday, the physical therapy program will conduct its annual Awards Banquet at Bentwood Country Club.  Various student awards, including those for Academic Excellence, Research Excellence and Clinical Excellence, will be distributed, as well as several faculty awards.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. R. Scott Ward, president of the American Physical Therapy Association. 

Also at 7 p.m. Friday, the ASU Alumni Association will host a party for all graduates, alumni, and their families and friends in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Ave.  There will be complementary refreshments and door prizes, as well as supplies for graduates wishing to decorate their caps for the commencement ceremonies.

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