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May 2008

Release Date: May 5, 2008

Spring Commencement Activities Set at Angelo State

More than 600 students are expected to participate in Angelo State University’s two spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 10, when Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Michael L. Williams will deliver the commencement address in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Ceremonies for the College of Business and the College of Education are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Graduation for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences is set for 2 p.m. Saturday. Spring graduates as well as those students who would graduate at the end of the summer term will participate in the exercises as a result of the elimination of the summer commencement at ASU.

During the ceremonies, students crossing the stage will represent an anticipated 509 bachelor’s degrees, 80 master’s degrees and 72 associate in applied science in nursing degrees.

Between the morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies, the ASU Alumni Association will host the organization’s annual Senior Salute for new graduates and their families. The Senior Salute is schedule 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center.

The commencement exercises will conclude two days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus.

At 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, in the Davidson Conference Center, Detachment 847 of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps will conduct its commissioning ceremony during which six graduates will receive their appointments as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. The guest speaker, Colonel Merrily Madero, 17th Training Wing vice commander from Goodfellow Air Force Base, will address the graduates on aspects of “victory” as an Air Force Officer.

ASU’s Department of Nursing will host its pinning ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, also in the Davidson Conference Center. About 75 students graduating with an associate degree in applied nursing 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. The ceremony is open to the public.

Commencement speaker Williams has served on the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oldest regulatory commission, since 1998. He is the first African-American in Texas history to hold an executive statewide elected post. He has held presidential appointments in the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The son of public school teachers, Williams holds a bachelor’s, a master’s and a law degree from the University of Southern California. He has served as an adjunct professor at Texas Southern University in the School of Public Affairs and at Texas Wesleyan School of Law.