Release Date: August 6, 2004
Forbes to Deliver ASU Summer Commencement Address
Dr. James N. Forbes, assistant professor of psychology and Angelo State University's outgoing Faculty Senate president, will deliver the university's summer commencement address Saturday, Aug. 14, when more than 200 students receive their diplomas from ASU.
The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Forbes will continue the long-standing ASU tradition for the concluding school year's Faculty Senate president to address the summer graduates.
University officials are expected to confer 170 bachelor's degrees and 39 master's degrees upon graduates during the ceremony.
Summer commencement activities will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 13, with the commissioning ceremony by Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 in the Davidson Conference Center in ASU's Houston Harte University Center. Four cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Air Force. Col. Gerard A. Caron, commander of the 17th Medical Group at Goodfellow AFB, will deliver the address.
ASU commencement speaker Forbes joined the faculty of the university's Psychology and Sociology Department in 1996. A nationally recognized researcher into how children acquire language skills, Dr. Forbes in 2002 became the first ASU faculty member to receive a National Institutes of Health Grant. The two-year grant for $117,000 funded his research into how toddlers learn verbs from the intentions of others.
His research has been published in the finest psychology journals, including Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Development, Journal of Experimental Psychology and Journal of Child Language. He is a regular reviewer for several professional psychology journals and is an active member of professional psychology organizations.
He earned an associate's degree from the University of Maryland extension in Greece where he studied Minoan civilization and archeology. After spending four years in Normandy, France, he returned to the U.S. where he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington with both a bachelor of arts in French and a bachelor of science in psychology. He earned both his master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from the University of Florida where he began his research on young children's language acquisition.
After receiving his Ph.D., he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Research on Human Development in Montréal, Québec, and served there as an instructor at McGill University before coming to ASU.