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ASU Spring Commencement

May 05, 2014

Nearly 900 students are scheduled to graduate during Angelo State University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, 2235 S. Jackson St.

Graduates of the College of Education and College of Health and Human Services 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, and the two ceremonies may also be viewed live on the ASU website at

During ASU’s commencement, 23 doctoral degrees, 186 master’s degrees and 683 bachelor’s degrees are scheduled to be presented.  Graduate students will earn 23 doctor of physical therapy, 22 master of arts, five master of professional accountancy, three master of business administration, 65 master of education, 53 master of science, 26 master of science in nursing and 12 master of security studies degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 157 bachelor of arts, 88 bachelor of business administration, one bachelor of border security, 16 bachelor of fine arts, 20 bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, three bachelor of music, 302 bachelor of science, 59 bachelor of science in nursing, eight bachelor of culture and security studies, and 29 bachelor of social work degrees.

The commencement speaker will be ASU alumna Melody Wilkinson, judge of the 17th District Court of Texas.  She graduated summa cum laude from ASU in 1985, earned her law degree from Texas Tech University in 1988, and was a practicing civil attorney in Fort Worth for 20 years before being elected to the bench.  She was elected judge of the 17th District Court of Texas in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 to a second term that runs through 2016.

The commencement ceremonies will conclude several days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus.  On Wednesday, May 7, the social work program will conduct its annual Pinning Ceremony for graduates who are members of the Student Social Work Association at 7 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive.

At 10 a.m. on Friday, May 9, ASU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 will conduct its Spring Commissioning Ceremony for eight graduating cadets in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center.  Each cadet will receive an appointment as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.  ASU alum Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins will be the guest speaker.

Also on Friday, the College of Education will host a reception for its graduates starting at 1 p.m. in the central spine of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

At 5 p.m. Friday, the physical therapy program will conduct its annual Awards Banquet at 5 p.m. at Boondocks Bar and Grill, 3314 F.D. Road on Lake Nasworthy.  Various student awards, including those for Academic Excellence, Research Excellence and Clinical Excellence, will be distributed, as well as several faculty awards.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the nursing program will conduct its annual Pinning Ceremony in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center.  Pinning ceremonies became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students’ completion of nursing education and entry into the profession.

Then on Saturday, the ASU Alumni Association will host a come-and-go celebration for all graduates, alumni, and their families and friends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center, 1620 University Ave.  There will be complementary refreshments and door prizes, as well as discounted ASU merchandise.