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WKU to confer degrees to about 1,400 at Commencement on Dec. 14

WKU will confer degrees and certificates to about 1,400 graduates in two ceremonies during its Fall 2013 Commencement on Dec. 14 at Diddle Arena.

WKU's 174th Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 14 will conclude with members of the Class of 2013 waving red towels. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

WKU’s 174th Commencement ceremonies on Dec. 14 will conclude with members of the Class of 2013 waving red towels. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)

In morning and afternoon ceremonies of its 174th Commencement, WKU will confer 1,395 degrees — 87 associate, 951 baccalaureate, 343 master’s, five specialist, nine doctor of education — and 27 certificates.

The 9:30 a.m. ceremony will include graduate and undergraduate degree candidates in the University College, Gordon Ford College of Business and College of Health and Human Services. The 2 p.m. ceremony will include graduate and undergraduate degree candidates in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Ogden College of Science and Engineering and Potter College of Arts & Letters.

At the morning ceremony, WKU graduate Zuheir Sofia will receive an honorary doctorate in Business Leadership. Sofia, a native of Syria, received his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration in 1969, has had a successful career in the financial industry and was inducted into WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1998. In recognition of a generous gift to support WKU’s International Center, the facility was named the Sofia-Downing International Center to honor him and Dr. Dero Downing, his longtime friend and WKU’s fourth president.

At the afternoon ceremony, Dylan Ward of Hartford will be recognized as the Ogden Foundation Scholar, WKU’s top academic honor that is presented to one graduating baccalaureate degree senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and outstanding university and civic engagement. Ward, a civil engineering major, is a member of WKU Spirit Masters, Ogden College Ambassadors, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and American Society of Civil Engineers. His numerous activities include serving as co-captain of the WKU Steel Bridge Team and participating in the 2012 Bike4Alz cross country bike ride for Alzheimer’s awareness and research.

WKU President Gary Ransdell will deliver remarks at both ceremonies. The ceremonies will include the parade of U.S. and international flags, recognition of honor graduates and the commissioning of three Army ROTC graduates – Kimberly Laughlin of Agat, Guam; Susanne Hauser of Fort Knox; and Kacey Rexing of Cadiz — as second lieutenants. Each graduate also will be given a Class of 2013 WKU red towel to wave at the end of the ceremony.

Nine more recipients of WKU’s doctoral degree in educational leadership also will be recognized at the afternoon ceremony. Fall 2013 recipients of WKU’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership are: Dana Clayton of Evansville, Ind.; Nadia De Leon Santu of San Francisco, Calif.; Christopher L. Gaddis of Owensboro; T. Ryan Hall of Bowling Green; Lynn Hines of Bowling Green; Leann D. Howell of Hartford; Mary Lloyd Moore of Bowling Green; David Oliver of Bowling Green; and Rachel Rosales of Owensboro. (More information about the December 2013 Ed.D graduates)

The commencement ceremonies will be broadcast live by WKU-PBS and webcast live on WKU Sports.tv streaming video available at www.wkusports.com. For more about Commencement photography, TV and webcast, visit http://www.wku.edu/commencement/commencement_photography.php

WKU-Glasgow Graduand Dec. 5

WKU-Glasgow will host its December 2013 Graduand Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Plaza Theatre, 115 E. Main St. in Glasgow.

Graduand is a term of status referring to a student who has completed his or her studies at the university but not yet graduated in a formal ceremony. The program, which is a precursor to the official Commencement ceremony Dec. 14 on the WKU main campus in Bowling Green, will recognize WKU-Glasgow students who have completed all requirements for December graduation.

Leslie Sarasin, President and Chief Executive Officer Food Marketing Institute in Washington, D.C., will provide the keynote address. The program will include student remarks, student awards and graduand recognition by WKU Provost Gordon Emslie.

“Graduation is an exciting and important accomplishment for students,” said Dr. Sally Ray, Chancellor of WKU-Glasgow. “Some of the students have overcome numerous obstacles to achieve their goal of graduation. We look forward to celebrating this important event with them, their families and these communities.”

Other Commencement events

Other Commencement-related activities include the following:

  • International Graduation Reception, 5 p.m. Dec. 12 at Augenstein Alumni Center.
  • Army ROTC Commissioning, 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium.
  • Outstanding Black Graduates Recognition Ceremony, 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Downing Student Union Auditorium.
  • School of Journalism & Broadcasting Graduation Reception, 3:45 p.m. Dec. 14 at Mass Media and Technology Hall Gallery.

Contact: Registrar’s Office, (270) 745-3351.

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