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UW Commencement is May 16

April 29, 2015
Head portraits of one woman and two men
Jillian Balow, Brent Eastman and Gen. Peter Shoomaker

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow, retired Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker and internationally known trauma surgeon Brent Eastman will be among speakers at University of Wyoming spring commencement ceremonies.

Ceremonies for the individual colleges are scheduled Saturday, May 16; and the UW-Casper ceremony is scheduled Thursday, May 14.

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

Thursday, May 14

7:30 p.m. -- UW-Casper graduation ceremonies, Casper Events Center: Janelle Ann Fletcher, manager of UW cultural and fine arts programs; faculty speaker Bruce Richardson, senior lecturer in English and 2015 John P. Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award recipient; and student speaker Melissa Berg, receiving a B.S. in physiology and a B.A. in English with honors.

Saturday, May 16

8:30 a.m. -- College of Health Sciences, Arena-Auditorium: distinguished alumnus and Evanston native Brent Eastman, chief medical officer for Scripps Health who has developed trauma treatment systems worldwide.

9 a.m. -- College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences auditorium: graduating students Carrie Ver Burg, Moorcoft, B.S. in accounting, minor in the Honors Program; William “Seth” Consoliver, Burlington, B.S. in finance, concurrent major in economics; and Jackson Bentz, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, B.S. in marketing, minor in finance.

9 a.m. -- College of Education, Indoor Practice Facility: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow.

10 a.m. -- College of Law, Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall: Matthew J. Wilson, former UW associate dean and now dean of the University of Akron School of Law.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. -- President's picnic, a free lunch at War Memorial Fieldhouse and Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom.

11 a.m.-1 p.m. -- Outreach School commencement reception, Wildcatter Stadium Club, War Memorial Stadium.

1:30 p.m. -- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Indoor Practice Facility: Kara Brighton, deputy commissioner of the Wyoming Public Service Commission.

1:30 p.m. -- College of Arts and Sciences, Arena-Auditorium: student speakers Kyle Duffee of Pueblo, Colo., B.S. in chemistry; and Mathias G. McCormick, Laramie, B.S. in physiology and molecular biology and an Honors Program student.

1:30 p.m. -- College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Arts and Sciences auditorium: Thomas Edgar, retiring faculty member in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering; and student speaker, Ben Pelton of Killdeer, N.D., the Joint Engineering Council outstanding senior, graduating with a B.S. degree in petroleum engineering.

6 p.m. -- Army/Air Force ROTC commissioning ceremony, Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall: UW alumnus and former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker.

Other graduation celebrations at UW:

Monday, May 4, 6 p.m. -- African American and Diaspora Studies research symposium and graduation event, UW Conference Center. Among students presenting are Robin Posnik, Dover, United Kingdom, M.S. in American studies; and Kereston Thomas, Baton Rouge, La., B.S. in criminal justice.

Friday, May 15, 12:15 p.m. -- Veterans Services Center ceremony, Wyoming Union Family Room: Vietnam veteran Anthony Seahorn, co-author of “Tears of a Warrior,” for soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

12:30 p.m. -- Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Convocation, College of Arts and Sciences auditorium: Doctor of Nursing Practice candidate Shawn Snider of Weston.

3 p.m. -- Multicultural graduation ceremony, Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom: student speaker Jose Rivas of Gillette, B.A. degree in criminal justice with a minor in Latino/a studies; and Alyson Hagy, interim associate vice president for Academic Affairs and Department of English professor.

6 p.m. -- American Indian Studies Program, UW Conference Center.

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