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May 2007

Release Date: May 9, 2007

Spring Commencement Activities Set at Angelo State

More than 500 students are expected to receive diplomas during Angelo State University Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 12, when Dr. James Hindman presides over his final commencement as ASU president and delivers the main speech to the graduates.

Hindman will address graduates of the College of Business and the College of Education during a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both ceremonies will be in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

During ASU’s commencement, 56 master’s degrees, 365 bachelor’s degrees and 83 associate in applied science in nursing degrees are scheduled to be presented. Graduate students will earn one master of public administration, five master of professional accountancy, seven master of business administration, nine master of education, 30 master of science degrees and four master of science in nursing degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 84 bachelor of arts, 68 bachelor of business administration, five bachelor of fine arts, three bachelor of general studies, 194 bachelor of science and 11 bachelor of science in nursing degrees.

The commencement exercises will conclude three days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus. Activities will begin with the ASU Alumni Association’s Senior Salute from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

 At 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center, Detachment 847 of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will conduct its commissioning ceremony during which eight graduates will receive their appointments as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Ernest Felts, retired Air Force colonel and former head of ASU’s Department of Aerospace Studies, will be the guest speaker.

ASU’s Department of Nursing will host its pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, also in the Davidson Conference Center. More than 80 nursing students will participate in the ceremony, which became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students’ completion of nursing education and entry into the profession.

Hindman came to ASU as the eighth president in the institution’s history and the third since it became a state institution in 1965.

Since his arrival at ASU in January 1995, he has overseen a major expansion of the campus with the addition of the Mathematics-Computer Science Building, Junell Center/Stephens Arena, Texan Hall, Science III and the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center. Major renovations and expansion projects have been completed for the Houston Harte University Center, Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, Center for Human Performance and Porter Henderson Library.

In addition to changing the face of the campus in the university’s largest building boom since the late 1960s and early 1970s, he has overseen the expansion of the university’s academic programs. Eleven new undergraduate degrees, 12 new graduate degrees and an honors program were added during his tenure.

Dr. Hindman earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Texas Tech University. He is a member of many national and state honor societies and fraternities and has published numerous scholarly articles.

Dr. Hindman and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, three granddaughters and a grandson.