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December 2007

Release Date: December 11, 2007

Fall Commencement Activities set at Angelo State

More than 300 students are scheduled to receive diplomas during Angelo State University’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15, with State Representative Drew Darby delivering the commencement addresses.

Darby will address graduates of the College of Business and College of Education during a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and College of Sciences at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both ceremonies will be in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

During ASU’s commencement, 48 master’s degrees and 296 bachelor’s degrees are scheduled to be presented. Graduate students will earn two master of public administration, two master of arts, two master of science in nursing, four master of education, nine master of business administration, 11 master of science and 18 master of physical therapy degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 72 bachelor of arts, 60 bachelor of business administration, nine bachelor of fine arts, four bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, one bachelor of music, 132 bachelor of science and 18 bachelor of science in nursing degrees.

The commencement exercises will conclude two days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus. At 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, ASU’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Detachment 847 will conduct a commissioning ceremony for two graduating cadets in the Houston Harte University Center Theater. Each cadet will receive an appointment as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

The ASU Physical Therapy Department will honor its 18 graduates with an awards ceremony and reception at 7 p.m. Friday in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Graduates will be receiving awards for academic accomplishments, research excellence and outstanding clinical performance. The department will also present the Golden Ram Award to the graduate that best exemplifies the qualities of a professional physical therapist. The recipient of this award is selected by the class members.

The department will also honor three San Angelo professionals who have made significant contributions to the department’s classroom and clinical experience. Susan Reeves, speech pathologist from West Texas Rehabilitation Center, will receive the Outstanding Guest Presenter award for her classroom contributions and her work with individual students on communication issues. Physical therapists Kelly Moore, director of rehabilitation services at San Angelo Community Medical Center, and Jimmy Villers, director of adult services at West Texas Rehabilitation Center, will receive Clinical Excellence Awards for their contributions to the department’s clinical education program.

In his first term in the Texas legislature, Darby authored House Bill 3564 that paved the way for ASU’s recent transition into the Texas Tech University System. He represents District 72, which includes Coke, Mitchell, Scurry and Tom Green counties, and is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He is also chairman of the Budget and Oversight Committee and a member of the Business and Industry and House Administration committees.

A San Angelo native, Darby was an all-district football player at Central High School, where he graduated in 1965. A football scholarship took him to the University of Texas, where he earned both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his doctorate of jurisprudence degree. He is the founder of the W. Drew Darby and Associates law firm and is owner and president of Surety Title Company and Double D Title, Inc., with nine offices serving 11 counties.

A resident of San Angelo, Darby serves as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. He is married to Clarisa Fisher Darby and has two sons, Derek and Devon, and three daughters, Taylor, Regan and Ashley.

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