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Commencement Scheduled For May 24

An expected 577 bachelor's and 40 master's candidates will participate in commencement ceremonies at UW-River Falls on Saturday, May 24. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Robert P. Knowles Physical Education and Recreation Center.

The commencement address will be delivered by UW-RF student Takeo Morisaki, who will graduate with a degree in health and human performance education. He will deliver the address titled, "Turning Point: How My College Life Changed Me." Morisaki is a native of Nagasaki, Japan.

Chancellor Ann Lydecker will confer degrees. Dean Gorden Hedahl of the College of Arts and Sciences; Interim Dean Stephen Ridley of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Dean Barbara Nemecek of the College of Business and Economics; Dean Connie Foster of the College and Education and Professional Studies and Dean Leon Zaborowski of Outreach and Graduate Studies will present the students from their respective schools to the chancellor.

During the ceremony, English Assistant Professor Jennifer Brantley will be recognized as the 2003 Distinguished Teacher, the highest award accorded at the University.

Also during the ceremony, Roxanne Emmerich, a renowned entrepreneur, business consultant and motivational speaker, will be recognized as the 2003 Distinguished Alumnus.

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