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May 2002

Release Date: May 03, 2002

ASU Commencement Moves to Junell Center/Stephens Arena

A new Angelo State University tradition will begin Friday, May 10, when more than 480 members of the Class of 2002 become the first university graduates to receive their diplomas in the new Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

The spring commencement will mark the first time since 1995 that the university has had an indoor facility large enough to accommodate the commencement crowd. State Rep. Robert A. "Rob" Junell will deliver ASU's commencement address in the multipurpose facility named in honor of his family.

Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Graduating students are requested to report at 6:15 p.m. to prepare for the processional.

During the Friday ceremony, 49 graduate degrees and 439 undergraduate degrees are expected to be conferred upon students. Graduate students will receive 10 master of arts, 10 master of business administration, five master of education, one master of public administration and 23 master of science degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 96 bachelor of arts, 80 bachelor of business administration, three bachelor of fine arts, one bachelor of general studies, two bachelor of music, 200 bachelor of science and 12 bachelor of science in nursing degrees. Forty-five associate of applied science in nursing degrees will be presented.

Other graduation-related activities will include the Department of Nursing Pinning Ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. The pinning ceremony became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students' completion of nursing education and entry into the profession. This year 11 bachelor's degree and 43 associate degree candidates in nursing will receive a pin representative of ASU and its Department of Nursing.

ASU's Detachment 847 of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps will conduct its commissioning ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on the ASU campus. Eleven cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants during the ceremony.

Commencement speaker Junell has been a San Angelo attorney since 1979 and a state representative since his 1988 election to the Texas House. By his third term in the Legislature, he had been elected chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He is completing his final term in office, as he did not seek re-election this year.

Junell graduated from New Mexico Military Institute before attending Texas Tech University where he earned a bachelor's degree in education. He later received a master's degree in political science from the University of Arkansas before getting his law degree from Texas Tech in 1976. In 1998, he was named an honorary alumnus of ASU.

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