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Graduates Honored at UW/CC Commencement May 14

May 7, 2009
Federal Judge William F. Downes will offer the commencement address.

The University of Wyoming/Casper College (UW/CC) Center will honor 121 graduates during commencement ceremonies Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Casper Events Center.

Federal Judge William F. Downes will offer the commencement address. Downes was nominated for a seat in the United States District Court by President Bill Clinton, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1994. He is now the chief judge for the District of Wyoming.

Bruce Richardson, senior lecturer of English at the UW/CC Center, will offer the faculty reflections, followed by the student speaker Austin Berlin, candidate for a bachelor of social work degree.

Fifty-five graduates will receive their bachelor's degrees in education, representing the largest UW/CC Center program. Degrees will also be awarded for social work, biology, psychology, criminal justice, mathematics and science, social science, business, communication, English, international studies, journalism, art, nursing and sociology.

Twelve individuals will receive graduate hoods at the ceremony, earning master's degrees in the areas of education, public administration and natural science; five principal endorsements in educational leadership will also be recognized.

"The UW/CC Center ceremony is truly special," says Brent Pickett, associate dean and center director. "A lot of faculty, administrators and staff travel from Laramie to see and help confer degrees on center students. It is small enough so that we can have every graduate walk across the stage and shake President Buchanan's hand, but large enough to make it a great community celebration."

A reception for graduates and their families will immediately follow the ceremony.


Posted on Thursday, May 07, 2009

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