April 30, 2004
UW-River Falls Commencement May 15
For the first time in its history, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will hold two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center.
Graduates of the College of Food Science and Environmental Studies, College of Business and Economics, and Graduate Studies will be at 9:30 a.m., and graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Professional Studies will be at 2 p.m.
Conferring the degrees to an expected 591 bachelor's and master's candidates will be Interim Chancellor Virginia M. Coombs.
Among those who will be recognized is the 2004 Distinguished Teacher, history and philosophy Professor Edward N. Peterson. Also receiving recognition as the 2004 Distinguished Alumnus Award is Sigurd Hanson, who, with more than 25 years with humanitarian relief agencies, currently serves as the Country Director for World Vision-Pakistan. Stationed in Islamabad, the Onalaska, Wis., native oversees a consortium that is carrying out a $15 million USAID democracy program.
Maria McGinnis, a senior from St. Paul, Minn., majoring in marketing communications with an agriculture emphasis, has been selected to deliver the 9 a.m. commencement address. Kelly Hendrickson, a senior from Cloquet, Minn., majoring in biology with a pre-medicine focus, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
McGinnis's speech, titled "Life's Road Map," will focus on the positive effects of college in shaping a person's life. Hendrickson's speech is titled "Lessons Learned," and highlights the values of a university education including the learning that occurs outside the formal classroom.
Graduating senior Dolanie R. Spiller of Park Falls, Wis., is the soloist who will sing the school song at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. The 2 p.m. soloist will be graduating senior Lacey L. Chovan of Ridgeland, Wis.
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