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December 2005

Release date: December 9, 2005

ASU to Conduct Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 17

Approximately 325 graduates will receive their diplomas from Angelo State University during two commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Graduates in the College of Business and the College of Education will receive their diplomas in a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. Graduates in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences will walk across the stage in a 2 p.m. Saturday exercise. Michael P. Ryan, who is retiring as ASU's vice president for advancement and university relations in April, will deliver the commencement address at both ceremonies.

During ASU's commencement, 51 master's degrees, 275 bachelor's degrees and four associate in applied science in nursing degrees are scheduled to be presented. Graduate students will earn four master of arts, six master of business administration, six master of education, 13 master of physical therapy, one master of professional accountancy, four master of public administration and 17 master of science degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 71 bachelor of arts, 50 bachelor of business administration, eight bachelor of fine arts, one bachelor of general studies, one bachelor of music, 130 bachelor of science and 14 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 at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center. Maj. Kris Fink, education officer for Detachment 847, will speak at the ceremony. Three 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 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Student award recipients will be announced for the program's fourth graduating class.

Commencement speaker Ryan since 1970 has served ASU in numerous academic and administrative capacities, including interim president. For the last decade, Ryan has worked as vice president for advancement and university relations with responsibilities over athletics, development, alumni, risk management and police. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Texas at El Paso and a M.A. in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons, Kevin and Sean.