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August 2005

Release date: August 05, 2005

Wegner to Deliver ASU Summer Commencement Address

Dr. John Wegner, associate professor of English and Angelo State University's outgoing Faculty Senate president, will deliver the university's summer commencement address Saturday, Aug. 13, when almost 200 students receive their diplomas from ASU.

The commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Wegner 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 162 bachelor's degrees and 37 master's degrees upon graduates during the ceremony.

Summer commencement activities will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, with the commissioning ceremony by U.S. Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 in ASU's LeGrand Alumni and Visitors Center at 1620 University Avenue. Four cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force.

ASU commencement speaker Wegner, who joined the English faculty in 1997, is a well-known researcher on Southwest literature. Much of his research has focused on Cormac McCarthy, author of several well-received novels, including All the Pretty Horses and Blood Meridian.

Wegner's research has been published in nearly a dozen scholarly journals during the past five years, including The Southern Quarterly and Southwestern American Literature. He has also presented research papers at nearly a dozen academic conferences.

His teaching and research skills earned him the 1999/2000 Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the South Central College Educators Association.

Wegner earned a bachelor's degree in English and sociology in 1991 and a master's in English in 1993, both from Sam Houston State University. He earned his doctorate from the University of North Texas in 1997.

Wegner has served in several roles on the ASU Faculty Senate and has chaired the ASU Writer's Conference in Honor of Elmer Kelton.