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PAST COMMENCEMENT

SPRING 2019

Agriculture and Natural Resources, Business, Energy Resources,  Engineering and Applied Science, and Health Sciences




SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Peter Sherman

Peter Sherman is the executive vice president for Omnicom Group, a New York-based worldwide advertising company, which ranks as the second largest holding company in the world. He re-joined Omnicom from J. Walter Thompson where he served as CEO of the New York office before being promoted to CEO of JWT North America. Prior, he spent 17 years at Omnicom’s BBDO, most recently as EVP, managing director of BBDO Europe, where he led 35 offices in 18 countries across the region. Sherman is a 1986 UW journalism graduate who grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He serves as a member of the UW Foundation Board of Directors. As a strong supporter of UW, he connects with UW students visiting New York where he escorts them around the financial district of lower Manhattan and shows them the ropes.

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STUDENT SPEAKER

Lauren Elliott

Lauren Elliott is graduating with degrees in kinesiology and Spanish, with minors in nutrition and honors. This summer she will begin physical therapy school in Knoxville, Tennessee. Elliott has been involved in undergraduate research in the Division of Kinesiology and Health where she researched skeletal muscle damage. During her time at UW, she has also held leadership positions in the Exercise Is Medicine student organization, worked with Campus Recreation, and studied abroad in Peru, South America.

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HONORARY MARSHALS

  • Mary E. Burman, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Nursing Science)
  • Steven Barrett, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Electrical Engineering)

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College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources




SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jillian Balow

Jillian Balow is the superintendent of public instruction for the state of Wyoming. Serving as superintendent of public instruction since 2015, Balow was elected to her second term in 2018. After growing up in Laramie and Gillette, she received a B.A. in elementary education from UW in 1993 and a M.Ed. in education from Regis University in 2005. She taught for over a decade in Wyoming classrooms in Hulett and Gillette, spearheading the development of many enrichment programs for kids K–12 and encouraging children to grow beyond the traditional classroom walls. She also served as an adviser on human services policy to former Governor Matt Mead and worked as an administrator at the Wyoming Department of Family Services prior to becoming superintendent.

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STUDENT SPEAKER

Benjamin Audevart

Benjamin T. Audevart is graduating with a degree in secondary English education. During his time at UW, he has had amazing opportunities to teach. He has designed Mars payloads with middle-schoolers, led discussions on Frankenstein with the University Women’s Club, and attended the Shepard Symposium with Lab School students. After graduation, Audevart is returning to his hometown of Rock Springs to teach at the local junior high to work alongside some of the great educators who inspired him to become a teacher.

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HONORARY MARSHALS

  • Myron B. Allen, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Mathematical Engineering)
  • Marsha Fay Knight, Honorary Marshal (M.F.A, Ballet Teaching & Choreography)

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Graduate Commencement




SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Julian Good

Julian Good is a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner in Cheyenne. After growing up in Sheridan and receiving his Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Sheridan College, he continued his education at UW. In 2001 Good received his B.S.N., and in 2002 he received M.S.N., both from UW. In 2006, he joined UW’s Family Practice Residency Program in Cheyenne. In 2012 he returned to UW as a student to obtain his post-master’s certificate as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and in 2017 he received a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from North Dakota State University. His dissertation, conducted at the UW Family Practice Residency Program in Cheyenne, focused on improving residents’ ability to screen for mental health disorders. Good was selected as the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing’s 2016 recipient of the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award for his significant contributions in the areas of clinical practice and leadership.

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STUDENT SPEAKER

Rachel Ratliff

Rachel Ratliff is graduating with her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She and her family have a long history at UW, Ratliff being a third generation UW student and a returning graduate herself. While on campus Ratliff has been very active as president of Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling honor society, and the Non-Traditional Student Council. She is also an active member of the Black Student Alliance and helped coordinate several Black History Month events in February 2019. In 2018 and 2019 Ratliff presented on the #metoo movement at the Shepard Symposium for Social Justice.

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HONORARY MARSHALS

  • Mary Alice Bruce, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Counselor Education)
  • R. Scott Seville, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Zoology and Physiology)

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WINTER 2018



SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Douglas R. Stark

 Doug Stark is the former president and chief executive officer of Farm Credit Services of America, a financial cooperative providing agricultural credit, risk management, and financial services to farm and ranch operators in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, and Wyoming. Stark brings 35 years of industry experience, beginning his career as an assistant loan officer with Farm Credit in 1980. In 2005 he was appointed to be the President and CEO, a role which he served in until last year. In 2013, Stark received the Ag Outstanding Alumni Award from the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He has maintained his connections with UW, co-teaching a leadership class in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and as a facilitator for collaboration on research and outreach projects with Farm Credit Services of America. Strong advocates for personal and professional development, Stark and his wife, Deniz, created a leadership scholarship in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Both earned their bachelor’s degrees in agricultural business from UW.

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STUDENT SPEAKER

Adriana Ramirez

Adriana Ramirez is graduating with a degree in marketing, with a concentration in sustainability and global markets. She is a first-generation student and has also studied abroad at EM Strasbourg Business School in France. During her time at UW, she has served as inaugural president of the Wyoming Collegiate Distributive Education Club of America (DECA). She presented at the DECA national meeting in Washington, D.C., last year.

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HONORARY MARSHALS

  • David Bagley, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Professor, Chemical Engineering)
  • Eric Nye, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Professor, English)

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Spring 2018

College of Business, Engineering, Agriculture, Energy Resources, and Health Sciences




SPEAKER

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Michael J. Sullivan

Michael J. Sullivan, who grew up in Douglas and practiced law in Casper, was Wyoming governor from 1987–1995. In 1996 Sullivan received a fellowship at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He was U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 1998–2001. Sullivan is a member of the College of Law Advisory Board and a past chairman of the W. D. Ruckelshaus Institute Board. Sullivan earned a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering (1961) and a law degree (1964) from UW. He is a member of the College of Engineering Hall of Fame and was named a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Law. In 2016 Sullivan was awarded the Citizen of the West Award by the National Western Stock Show. Sullivan met his future wife Jane Metzler while both were students at UW. The Sullivans reside in Casper and have three children and seven grandchildren.

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HONORARY MARSHALS

  • Penne Ainsworth, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Professor, Accounting)
  • Bruce A. Cameron, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Associate Professor Family and Consumer Sciences)

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College of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources




SPEAKER

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Sharon Haley Linhart

A respected industry and community leader, Sharon Linhart brings keen business acumen, communications insights, and a unique style. Since she founded Linhart PR in 1996, the Denver-based firm gained a respected reputation as a global powerhouse known for uber-satisfied clients, award-winning results, talented staff, and an enviable culture. Linhart’s professional strengths include crisis communications and strategic planning, executive council, and issues management. With her sensibility and motivational skills, Linhart is able to convene disparate parties and help resolve reputation-damaging issues. Her civic and professional involvement includes the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees, Junior Achievement board, the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America trustees, the Women’s Forum of Colorado, National Western Association, and the Denver Press Club. Linhart graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in journalism in 1973. She helped to establish the Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship at UW in honor of a classmate, Larsh K. Bristol.

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HONORARY MARSHALS

  • Kay A. Persichitte, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Professor, Professional Studies)
  • James D. King, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Professor, Political Science)

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Graduate Ceremony




SPEAKER

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Erin Campbell

ADr . Erin Campbell is the Wyoming State Geologist, the first woman to hold this position. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College, she earned a Ph.D. in geology at the University of Wyoming, then worked as a geologist for Chevron several years before returning to Wyoming. During her 15 years at UW, she taught in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, directed the Geology Field Camp, and conducted research in structural geology and geomechanics. She was appointed by Governor Mead as Wyoming State Geologist in the fall of 2017. Campbell also enjoys raising her two teenage children, as well as camping, fishing, and quilting.

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HONORARY MARSHALS

  • Robert L. Kelly, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Professor Archaeology)
  • Michelle Buchanan, Honorary Marshal (Ph.D., Professor Elementary & Early Childhood Education)

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Winter 2017


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