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December 2002

Release Date: December 09, 2002

First Physical Therapy Class to Graduate at ASU Commencement

The first ten candidates for master of physical therapy degrees will be among more than 390 graduates receiving diplomas during Angelo State University's fall commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, December 13, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

The physical therapy degree candidates entered ASU in the summer of 2000 in the new program's inaugural class. They are completing their 30-month course of study in a program that earlier this fall earned full, five-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

In recognition of the commencement milestone, Ben F. Massey, Jr., the president of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) will deliver the commencement address. Massey of Raleigh, N.C., is also the executive director of the North Carolina Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

During ASU's commencement, 61 graduate degrees and 330 undergraduate degrees will be conferred upon students. In addition to the 10 master of physical therapy degrees, graduate students will receive three master of arts, 16 master of business administration, nine master of education, two master of public administration and 21 master of science degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 61 bachelor of arts, 84 bachelor of business administration, three bachelor of fine arts, three bachelor of music, 166 bachelor of science and 13 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 event is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center (HHUC) on the ASU campus. Five graduating seniors will be commissioned as Air Force second lieutenants during the ceremony.

ASU's Nursing Department will conduct its pinning ceremony for bachelor of science in nursing candidates at 2 p.m. in UC Theater in the HHUC. The pinning ceremony became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students' completion of nursing education and entry into the profession. This fall's 13 bachelor's degree candidates in nursing will receive a pin representative of the profession as well as ASU and its Department of Nursing.