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December 2001

Release Date: December 12, 2001

ASU To Award More Than 360 Diplomas to Fall Graduates

Angelo State University will confer more than 360 degrees upon graduates during 2001 Fall Commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 14, in San Angelo Coliseum.

The graduation ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Friday and will feature Dr. Fernando C. Gomez, vice chancellor and general counsel for the Texas State University System (TSUS), as the commencement speaker. Graduating students and ASU faculty participating in the processional should report to the Coliseum at 6:15 p.m. in preparation for the ceremony.

The ceremony will be the last in the coliseum as the 2002 Spring Commencement will be the first conducted in the new Junell Center/Stephens Arena on the ASU campus.

During this Friday's ceremony, 42 graduate degrees and 319 undergraduate degrees will be conferred upon students. Graduate students will receive six master of arts, 15 master of business administration, eight master of education, two master of public administration, one master of science in nursing and 10 master of science degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 61 bachelor of arts, 83 bachelor of business administration, one bachelor of fine arts, two bachelor of general studies, two bachelor of music, 154 bachelor of science and 16 bachelor of science in nursing degrees.

Prior to university commencement, ASU's Detachment 847 of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps will conduct its commissioning ceremony. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. Five graduating seniors will be commissioned as second lieutenants during the ceremony.

Commencement speaker Gomez is chief legal counsel to the TSUS Board of Regents and the nine campuses, including ASU, which make up the system. In addition to his 11-year affiliation with TSUS, Gomez served two years as general counsel for the California State University System with its 350,000 students and 40,000 employees.

His academic experience includes tenured appointments as professor of political science at California State University in Fullerton and as assistant professor of urban development at Michigan State University. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Southwest Texas State University. Dr. Gomez is an authority in legal issues affecting education in Texas and is the principal author of two books on the topic: Texas Teachers' Legal Guide and Texas School Administrators' Legal Guide.