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December 2006

Release Date: December 12, 2006

Fall Commencement to Recognize Angelo State Graduates

Approximately 350 graduates will receive their diplomas from Angelo State University during two commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Graduates in the College of Business and the College of Education will receive their diplomas in a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. Graduates in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences will walk across the stage in a 2 p.m. Saturday exercise.

Dr. Michael E. Patyrak, a 2002 Angelo State University graduate and current first-year radiology resident at UT Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, will deliver the commencement address.

During ASU's commencement, one associate degree, 299 bachelor's degrees and 50 master's degrees are scheduled to be awarded. Graduate students will earn 17 master of physical therapy, 15 master of science, six master of education, four master of public administration, three master of business administration, three master of professional accountancy and two master of arts degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 150 bachelor of science, 70 bachelor of arts, 66 bachelor of business administration, seven bachelor of science in nursing, four bachelor of music and two bachelor of fine arts degrees.

Prior to university commencement, ASU's Detachment 847 of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps will conduct its commissioning ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center. One graduating senior will be commissioned as an Air Force second lieutenant during the program.

ASU's Physical Therapy Department will host its annual awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Student award recipients will be announced for the program's fifth graduating class. The department will also present its first award for outstanding clinical instructor at the ceremony.

When commencement speaker Patyrak graduated in the spring of 2002 with his bachelor of science degree, he was named recipient of the ASU Presidential Award as the top graduate in his class. He went on to earn his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center where he graduated No. 1 in his class. His other medical school honors include the Wallace C. McNutt Award as the No. 1 student in gross anatomy and embryology and the Kline Award as the No. 1 student in medical pathology. He also was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.