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More than 1,100 to receive degrees May 23

The Old Main Quad will be teeming with activity on Sunday, May 23, when more than 160 graduate candidates will participate in the commencement hooding ceremony in the morning, and more than 950 undergraduate candidate will participate in the afternoon exercises. More than 5,300 family members and guests are expected to attend the ceremonies.

The graduate ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m., and the undergraduate ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to end at 3 p.m.

By dividing the events, the ceremonies will be shorter than in years past, allowing for a more enjoyable experience for both the graduate and undergraduate candidates and their families. In addition, the graduate candidates will participate in a formal "hooding ceremony," where the dean of the department of the degree granted will officially "hood" the students as they walk across the stage.

This May, the class valedictorian will be Jacob Hofer, biology, and the salutatorian will be Jessie Yaun, Spanish. Hofer will speak at the afternoon ceremony. There are no honorary degree candidates this year.

Marshaling information

Those classified staff members who marshal are entitled to receive 2.5 hours compensatory time and for the additional hours of service that day will receive overtime.

If you would like to register to march in the faculty procession or serve as a marshal, please log into and complete the online registration form. You may register to participate in one or both of the ceremonies.

If you have any questions please e-mail the Commencement Office at We look forward to seeing you at one of the ceremonies on May 23. Thank you in advance from the administration, the students and the faculty!

End of semester BBQ

Staff and faculty are invited to a campus-wide appreciation barbecue from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, on the Old Main Quad.

Mark your calendars for this year-end event in your honor. Cooks and servers will include the president and vice presidents. We ask that supervisors allow their employees to take a few hours out that day to enjoy the barbecue.

MAY 10, 2004
Volume 2, Issue 9

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