UW Commencement Speakers Announced

April 16, 2012
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Wyoming first lady Carol Mead will be the commencement speaker for the UW College of Education. (Governor's Office Photo)

Wyoming first lady Carol Mead and NBC news correspondent Pete Williams will be among speakers during University of Wyoming commencement ceremonies May 3-5.

Ceremonies for the individual colleges are scheduled Saturday, May 5; College of Law ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 12; and UW/Casper College Center ceremonies are scheduled Thursday, May 10.

UW is scheduled to accord degrees upon nearly 1,800 students, including 1,314 undergraduates, 354 graduate students, 75 College of Law graduates and 51 School of Pharmacy graduates. The largest degree categories are bachelor of arts, 535; bachelor of science, 427; master of science, 140; master of  arts, 106; and bachelor of science in nursing, 101.

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

Thursday, May, 3:

6 p.m. -- African American and Diaspora Studies, Wyoming Union West Ballroom: Tiffany Reid, the program's first bachelor of arts degree recipient, plus presentations by other students.

Friday, May 4:

3 p.m. -- Multicultural graduation ceremony, Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom: College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Gracie Lawson Borders and Quincy Howe, assistant UW track coach.

6 p.m. -- American Indian Studies Program, Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center: Scott Manning Stevens, director of the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Stevens is a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation.

Ceremonies scheduled for Saturday, May 5:

8:30 a.m. -- College of Health Sciences, Arena-Auditorium, Howard T. Willson, M.D., UW trustee and administrator of Gottsche Rehabilitation in Thermopolis.

9 a.m. -- College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences auditorium: Graduating students Brooke Arnould, Laramie, M.S in accounting; Katherine Cusack, Mandan, N.D., B.S. in finance and economics; April Hughes, Green River, B.S. in marketing; and Jonlee Anderle, Laramie, executive MBA.

9 a.m. -- College of Education, War Memorial Fieldhouse:  First Lady Carol Mead.

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:  Professor Jim Wangberg, associate dean of the college.

1:30 p.m. -- College of Arts and Sciences, Arena-Auditorium:  NBC News correspondent and UW Honorary Degree recipient Pete Williams.

1:30 p.m. -- College of Engineering and Applied Science, UW Arts and Sciences auditorium: Katarzna Wilamowska, the first computer science graduate invited to speak; and student speaker Mallory Hunt of Monument, Colo., civil engineering major and the Joint Engineering Council's outstanding senior.

1:30 p.m. -- Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing Convocation, Fine Arts concert hall, Distinguished Alumna Award recipient Cherie Lowell of Sandy, Utah.

6 p.m. -- Army/Air Force ROTC commissioning ceremony, Fine Arts Center concert hall: Brig. Gen. Steven R. Mount, director of the Joint Staff, Wyoming National Guard.

Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. -- UW/Casper College Center graduation ceremonies, Casper Events Center: Maggi Murdock, associate provost and dean of the UW Outreach School; faculty speaker Joanne Theobald, social work lecturer; and student speaker Kaja Raczynski, psychology.

Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. -- College of Law, Fine Arts concert hall: The Honorable Nancy Freudenthal from the United States District Court - District of Wyoming.

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