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Release Date: Dec. 8, 2009ASU Logo

Fall Commencement Activities set at Angelo State

More than 380 students are scheduled to receive diplomas during Angelo State University’s fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 12, with U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway delivering the commencement addresses.

Conaway will address graduates of the College of Business and College of Education during a 10 a.m. Saturday ceremony. He will speak to graduates of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and College of Nursing and Allied Health at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both ceremonies will be in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena, 2235 S. Jackson St.

During ASU’s commencement, 64 master’s degrees, 304 bachelor’s degrees and 21 associate degrees are scheduled to be presented. Graduate students will earn 12 master of arts, two master of science in nursing, 18 master of education, four master of business administration, 19 master of physical therapy and nine master of science degrees.

Undergraduates will receive 79 bachelor of arts, 66 bachelor of business administration, six bachelor of fine arts, nine bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, one bachelor of music, 126 bachelor of science, 17 bachelor of science in nursing and 21 associate in applied science in nursing degrees.

In a separate event, the ASU Physical Therapy Department will honor its 19 graduates with an awards ceremony and reception at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Graduates will receive awards for academic accomplishments, research excellence and outstanding clinical performance. The department will also present the Golden Ram Award to the graduate selected by the class members as best exemplifying the qualities of a professional physical therapist. The department’s Outstanding Clinical Instructor and Outstanding Guest Lecturer awards will also be presented.

A deputy Republican whip in the 111th Congress, Conaway is in his third term in office. His 11th district encompasses 36 counties in West and Central Texas and includes San Angelo, Midland and Odessa. He is a vocal proponent of reducing the national debt and has authored “No New Programs” legislation to change the House rules on spending.

Conaway currently serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, Ethics and Intelligence committees. On the Armed Services and Intelligence committees, he supports U.S. military forces and the goals of the global war on terror. On the Agriculture Committee, he is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture, where he works to protect the interests of rural America and the American farmer.

A native Texan, Conaway grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa Permian High School in 1966 after playing on the Panthers’ first state championship football team. He earned a B.B.A. degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1970 and is a certified public accountant (CPA). He is also an ordained deacon in the Baptist Church.

After serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Conaway went to work for Price Waterhouse & Co. and settled in Midland, where he later worked with former President George W. Bush as the chief financial officer for Bush Exploration.

Conaway and his wife, Suzanne, have four children and seven grandchildren.

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