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UW Commencement Speakers Announced

April 14, 2011
NBC news correspondent Pete Williams will speak at the College of Health Sciences' ceremony Saturday, May 7. (NBC News)

NBC news correspondent Pete Williams and retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Burns will be among speakers during University of Wyoming commencement ceremonies May 5-7.

Ceremonies for the individual colleges are scheduled Saturday, May 7; College of Law ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 14; and UW/Casper College Center ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, May 12.

UW is scheduled to accord degrees upon more than 1,660 students, including 1,179 undergraduates, 364 graduate students, 72 College of Law graduates and 49 School of Pharmacy graduates. The largest degree categories are bachelor of arts, 492; bachelor of science, 412; master of science, 176; and master of arts, 91.

The schedule of events for individual college commencement ceremonies, along with key speakers, are:

Thursday, May, 5:

4 p.m. -- African American and Diaspora Studies, Wyoming Union West Ballroom, visiting Professor Aimee Glocke with student research presentations by Sydney Ezell, Cheyenne; and Sonia Gahimbare and Trish Martinez, both Laramie.

Friday, May 6:

3:30 p.m. -- Multicultural graduation ceremony, Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom, UW Alumnus Danny Aberra, Wells Fargo Denver store manager and first president of the Wyoming African Students Association.

6 p.m. -- American Indian Studies Program, Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center, Salon A,  Phillip Cody Marshall from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 7:

8:30 a.m. -- College of Health Sciences, Arena-Auditorium, NBC news correspondent Pete Williams.

9 a.m. -- College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences auditorium, graduating students Christopher Anacker, Aurora, Colo., M.S. in accounting; Elizabeth Malm, Cheyenne, B.S. in economics; and Christopher Weiland, Cheyenne, B.S. in marketing.

9 a.m. -- College of Education, War Memorial Fieldhouse, Rob Branch, head of the University of Georgia Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- President's picnic, Arena-Auditorium concourse.

1:30 p.m. -- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, War Memorial Fieldhouse, faculty members Warrie Means, professor in the Department of Animal Science and Sonya Meyer, professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.

1:30 p.m. -- College of Arts and Sciences, Arena-Auditorium, graduating student Cameron W. Geeting of Rock Springs, Department of Criminal Justice and A&S Outstanding Graduate for 2011.

1:30 p.m. -- College of Engineering and Applied Science, UW Arts and Sciences auditorium, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Burns; electrical engineering student James Follum of Sundance, the Joint Engineering Council's outstanding senior; and electrical and computer engineering double major Rob Streeter of Saratoga, the Wyoming Engineering Society's outstanding senior.

1:30 p.m. -- Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Convocation, Fine Arts Center concert hall, 2011 Distinguished Alumna Award recipient Brigid Mulloy.

6 p.m. -- Army/Air Force ROTC commissioning ceremony, Fine Arts Center concert hall, Col. Steven L. Miller,  90th Security Forces Group Commander, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne.

Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. -- UW/Casper College Center graduation ceremonies, Casper Events Center, Walt Nolte, Casper College president.

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. -- College of Law, Fine Arts concert hall, the Honorable Nancy J. Guthrie, former district court judge for the 9th Judicial District, Teton County.

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