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May 2004

Release Date: May 10, 2004

More than 500 to Graduate in ASU's Spring Commencement

Angelo State University's spring semester will culminate Saturday, May 15, with commencement ceremonies during which 531 graduates are expected to receive their diplomas for associate, bachelor's and master's degrees.

ASU alumnus Michael H. (Mike) Millegan, Verizon vice president for enterprise/wholesale field services, will deliver the commencement address during the morning and afternoon ceremonies Saturday in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Graduates of the College of Business and Professional Studies and the School of Education will receive their diplomas during a 10 a.m. ceremony. Graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences will cross the stage in a 2 p.m. ceremony.

During the commencement exercises ASU will confer upon the graduates 80 applied science in nursing degrees as well as 100 bachelor of arts, 74 bachelor of business administration, 10 bachelor of fine arts, one bachelor of general studies, three bachelor of music, 195 bachelor of science and 11 bachelor of science in nursing degrees.

ASU's Graduate School will award 11 master of arts, eight master of business administration, 10 master of education, five master of professional accountancy and 23 master of science degrees during the two ceremonies.

A native of Monterey, Calif., commencement speaker Millegan received his bachelor's degree in business management in 1980 and his M.B.A. in 1982, both from ASU. He was a member of Angelo State's 1978 national championship football team. During his time at ASU he began work with GTE and has since held various administrative and executive positions with the company through its evolution into Verizon.

The commencement exercises will conclude three days of graduation-related activities on the ASU campus. Activities begin with the ASU Alumni Association's Senior Salute from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, May 13.

At 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, Detachment 847 of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps will conduct its commissioning ceremony during which 10 graduates will receive their appointments as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. Brig. Gen. Frederick F. Roggero, director of public affairs for the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, will deliver the address during the ceremony. The ceremony will be in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center.

ASU's Department of Nursing will host its pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday in the Davidson Conference Center. More than 80 nursing students will participate in the ceremony, which became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students' completion of nursing education and entry into the profession.

ASU nursing graduate Lea Montgomery, an instructor on the Texas Christian University faculty, will be the speaker at the pinning ceremony. Her publication on "Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorders" earned her national recognition and appearances on the CBS Morning Show and CNN Good Morning. Recently she was honored as one of the Great 100 Nurses of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

ASU 2004 Spring Commencement Schedule

Thursday, May 13

Senior Salute:3:30 p.m., Junell Center/Stephens Arena

Friday, May 14

Commissioning Ceremony: Detachment 847, AFROTC10 a.m., Davidson Conference Center, Houston Harte University Center

Pinning Ceremony: Nursing Department7 p.m., Davidson Conference Center, Houston Harte University Center Saturday, May 15

Commencement: College of Business and Professional Studies, School of Education and Graduate school 10 a.m., Junell Center/Stephens Arena

Commencement: College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and Graduate School2 p.m. Junell Center/Stephens Arena