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May 2003

Release Date: May 2, 2003

Two ASU Commencement Ceremonies Set May 10

More than 500 graduates will receive diplomas Saturday, May 10, when Angelo State University divides commencement into two ceremonies to better accommodate the growing number of family and friends attending graduation.

Graduates receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in the College of Business and Professional Studies and the School of Education will receive their diplomas at 10 a.m. Those receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences will receive their diplomas at 2 p.m. Both ceremonies will be in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Thirteen-term Congressman Charles W. (Charlie) Stenholm, who is the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, will speak at both ceremonies.

Graduation activities will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, with the commissioning ceremony conducted by Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 847 in the Davidson Conference Center of the Houston Harte University Center. During the ceremony, nine graduating seniors will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. Col. Gary Sadler, vice commander, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, will be the guest speaker.

The Department of Nursing will host its pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, in the Davidson Conference Center. The keynote speaker will be Wanda Douglas, Director of Education for the Texas Nurses Association. Approximately 50 nursing students will participate in the pinning ceremony. The ceremony became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students' completion of nursing education and entry into the profession. This year's ceremony will utilize the lighting of candles to represent that transition.

During the graduation ceremonies on Saturday, 58 graduate degrees and 444 undergraduate degrees are expected to be conferred upon the class of 2003. Graduate students will receive 26 master of science, 13 master of business administration, 13 master of education, five master of arts and one master of science in nursing degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 224 bachelor of science, 80 bachelor of business administration, 75 bachelor of arts, 11 bachelor of science in nursing, two bachelor of general studies, two bachelor of music and two bachelor of fine arts degrees. Forty-eight associate of applied science in nursing degrees also will be presented.

Commencement speaker Stenholm represents Texas's 17th Congressional District, which covers 32 West Texas counties, including Tom Green County and ASU. As a native son of the region, he reflects the district's traditional beliefs and conservative values and understands the needs of the area's economy, including agriculture, small businesses and oil and gas.

Prior to beginning his Congressional career in 1978, Stenholm worked as a teacher and farmer. His cotton farming background has served him well on the Agriculture Committee where he focuses on expanding agricultural world trade, streamlining the agricultural bureaucracy, boosting farm and ranch research and promoting the needs of agricultural producers and consumers.

Stenholm graduated from Tarleton State Junior College and Texas Tech University, where he received both a bachelor's and a master's degree. He has received honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry Universities.