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December 2004

Release Date: December 10, 2004

ASU Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled Dec. 18

More than 370 graduates will receive their diplomas and hear CNN Headline News anchor Renay San Miguel, a former Angelo State University student, deliver the commencement address during ASU's fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Graduates receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of Business and Professional Studies and from the School of Education will participate in a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. Those receiving associate, bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and from the College of Sciences will be recognized in a 2 p.m. ceremony.

During ASU's commencement, 42 graduate degrees and 331 undergraduate degrees are expected to be conferred upon students. Graduate students will earn nine master of arts, six master of business administration, one master of accounting, four master of education, three master of public administration, eight master of physical therapy and 11 master of science degrees.

Undergraduates will receive one associate, 51 bachelor of arts, 98 bachelor of business administration, four bachelor of fine arts, two bachelor of general studies, one bachelor of music, 164 bachelor of science and 10 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, Dec. 17, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. Col. Ernest E. Felts, former Detachment 847 commander and current AFROTC northwest regional commander, will speak at the ceremony. Six graduating seniors will be commissioned as Air Force second lieutenants during the program.

ASU's Physical Therapy Department will host its annual awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Student award recipients will be announced for the program's third graduating class.

Commencement speaker San Miguel was named a distinguished alumnus by the Angelo State University Alumni Association in 2000. He attended the university from 1978-83 and got his start in journalism at the San Angelo Standard-Times and KLST-TV. After leaving San Angelo, he worked at TV stations in Austin, Dallas and San Francisco before joining CNBC and later CBS News.

After working for CBS News and CBS Marketwatch, where he served as a reporter covering technology and the high tech business industry, San Miguel joined CNN in 2001. He currently works for CNN Headline News as co-anchor with Kathleen Kennedy out of the cable broadcasting network's Atlanta headquarters.