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May 2009

Release Date: May 12, 2009ASU Logo

Spring Commencement Activities set at Angelo State

More than 600 students are scheduled to receive diplomas during Angelo State University’s spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 16, with San Angelo Mayor J.W. Lown delivering the commencement addresses.

Lown will address graduates of the College of Business and College of Education during a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and College of Nursing and Allied Health at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both ceremonies will be in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Included in the early ceremony will be the awarding of honorary Doctors of Humane Letters to long-time ASU supporters Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand.

During ASU’s commencement, 75 master’s degrees, 485 bachelor’s degrees and 82 associate’s degrees are scheduled to be presented. Graduate students will earn one master of public administration, seven master of arts, three master of science in nursing, 27 master of education, 15 master of business administration, one master of physical therapy and 21 master of science degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 113 bachelor of arts, 104 bachelor of business administration, three bachelor of fine arts, 10 bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, one bachelor of music, 232 bachelor of science, 22 bachelor of science in nursing and 82 associate in applied science in nursing degrees.

The commencement exercises will conclude two days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus. At 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 15, ASU’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 847 will conduct its spring Commissioning Ceremony for two graduating cadets in Room 254 of the Junell Center. Each cadet will receive an appointment as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

Also on Friday, the Department of Nursing will conduct its annual Pinning Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center inside the Houston Harte University Center, 1910 Rosemont Drive. Pinning ceremonies became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students’ completion of nursing education and entry into the profession.

Immediately following each commencement ceremony on Saturday, the ASU Alumni Association will host its annual Senior Salute for new graduates and their families in the Junell Center.

This year’s commencement speaker, Mayor Lown, was elected in 2003 as San Angelo’s youngest-ever mayor and is now serving his third term in office. As mayor, he presides over meetings of the San Angelo City Council, which oversees every aspect of local government.

A native of San Angelo, Lown is also the president of Lown Properties, a local real estate and investment firm. He is a member of Toastmasters International and chairman of the American Trade Coalition. He is also chairman of the San Angelo Metropolitan Transportation Organization and an executive committee member of the Concho Valley Council of Governments.

Lown holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Principia College in Elsah, Ill., and a real estate license from the Texas Real Estate Commission.

For more information on the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, call 942-2036. More information on the Nursing Department Pinning Ceremony is available by calling 942-2060. For information on the Senior Salute, call the Alumni Association at 942-2122.