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May 2006

Release Date: May 9, 2006

ASU Spring Commencement Set for Saturday

More than 540 students are expected to graduate during Angelo State University Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 13, when Charles Matthews, chancellor of the Texas State University System (TSUS) of which ASU is a member, will deliver the address.

Matthews will address graduates of the College of Business and the College of Education during a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and the College of Sciences at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both ceremonies will be in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

During ASU’s commencement, 56 master’s degrees, 397 bachelor’s degrees and 93 associate in applied science in nursing degrees are scheduled to be presented. Graduate students will earn 12 master of arts, four master of accountancy, three master of business administration, seven master of education, one master of physical therapy, 27 master of science degrees and two master of science in nursing degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 92 bachelor of arts, 80 bachelor of business administration, two bachelor of fine arts, one bachelor of music, 212 bachelor of science and 10 bachelor of science in nursing degrees.

The commencement exercises will conclude three days of graduation-related events on the ASU campus. Activities will begin with the ASU Alumni Association’s Senior Salute from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

At 10 a.m. Friday, May 12, Detachment 847 of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will conduct its commissioning ceremony during which 12 graduates will receive their appointments as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force. The ceremony, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in ASU’s Houston Harte University Center, will feature Brig. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins as speaker. Hawkins, a graduate of ASU and its ROTC program, is the commander of the Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

ASU’s Department of Nursing will host its pinning ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, also in the Davidson Conference Center. More than 90 nursing students will participate in the ceremony, which became a U.S. tradition in the early 1800s to mark students’ completion of nursing education and entry into the profession.

A native Texan, commencement speaker Matthews became chancellor in early 2005 after a nationwide search by the TSUS Board of Regents. During his short time as chancellor, Matthews has become an outspoken voice for higher education at the Capitol, testifying before various legislative committees, and throughout the state, especially through his leadership in rebuilding the Lamar University components after Hurricane Rita.

Prior to his current position as chancellor, Matthews served as the 40 th Commissioner of the Railroad Commission of Texas for 10 years. Before taking office at the Railroad Commission in 1995, he served as the mayor of Garland, the ninth largest city in Texas. In addition, he served as President of the Texas Municipal Power Agency and was Gov. William P. Clements’ appointee to the Texas Turnpike Authority.

Matthews earned his B.A. at the University of Texas at Dallas and his Master’s in Public Administration from Texas State University. He is completing his doctorial studies in higher education administration at the University of Texas at Austin.

Matthews and his wife, Julia, have four grown children and five grandchildren. The Matthews reside in Austin.

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