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May 1, 2012

USU celebrates graduate student commencement

USU’s Commencement and Hooding ceremony will be held this Friday, May 4, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on the USU campus. There will be more than 600 students participating in this year’s commencement.

“These students have worked hard and we are very proud of them,” said Mark McLellan, vice president for research and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. “We are confident that they will continue to do great things.”

The academic procession from the Nelson Fieldhouse to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum will begin at 1:00 p.m., followed by a processional into the Spectrum led by the USU Scotsman Pipe and Drum Corps.

The program will include remarks by McLellan and Stan L. Albrecht, USU president. Albrecht will also present the University Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award to Timothy Gilbertson, professor of biology. Master’s candidates will be hooded by the members of the Graduate Council, while doctoral candidates will be hooded by college dean and major professors.

Both Albrecht and Raymond T. Coward, USU provost will present diplomas. Albrecht will then confer the degrees before McLellan gives his closing remarks.

“Commencement and hooding is all about the graduate students, so we try to create a program that is enjoyable for them,” said Laura Holley, program coordinator in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. “The ceremony is kept very simple, but we make sure every student is appropriately recognized as we hood them and have them walk across the stage.”

- Nadiah Johari