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The University of Wyoming/Casper College (UW/CC) Center will honor 160 graduates at its commencement ceremony Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Casper Events Center.
This year, the UW/CC Center will graduate four cohorts, in which students complete their degrees as a collective group. These programs offer candidates for graduation once every two to three years. This ceremony will include 24 master's degrees in counseling graduates, 12 master's degrees in special education graduates, six bachelor's degrees in technical education graduates, and the first six graduates of the new secondary science education bachelor's degree, which began in 2005.
Gail Zimmerman, executive vice president of Kaiser and Company, will give the commencement address. Zimmerman taught at Casper College from 1965-1988. He was an anatomy and physiology instructor for the UW/CC Center, one of the first teachers employed by the off-campus UW institution in 1976.
Teaching courses on radiation biology, mammalogy, and the effects of chemotherapy on one's biology and psychology, he became an advocate of science education.
Currently, Zimmerman helps support the UW/CC Center and its students by donating funds for the UW/CC Center's Student Emergency Fund and Student Leadership Fund. He also established the Non-Traditional and First Generation Scholarship and the Zimmerman Secondary Science Education Award.
"Dr. Gail Zimmerman is a former faculty member, a long-time supporter of UW/CC, and a leading member of the Casper community," said Brent Pickett, associate dean and director of the UW/CC Center. "I'm proud and excited to have Dr. Zimmerman as our commencement speaker, especially since we are graduating our first secondary education science students through UW/CC."
Peggy Laughlin, assistant professor of elementary and early childhood education, will offer the faculty reflections during the ceremony, and Katharine Schneider, M.S. in counseling graduate, will give the student address.
Students participating in the commencement exercises represent majors in art, communication, criminal justice, elementary education, English, humanities/fine arts, journalism, mathematics/science, secondary education/biological sciences, secondary education/English, social science, biology, business administration, technical education, nursing, and social work. The largest group of graduates will be in the field of elementary education, followed by social work.