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May 3, 2002

UW-RF Commencement Ceremonies Set for May 25

An expected 597 bachelor's and master's candidates will participate in commencement ceremonies at UW-River Falls on Saturday, May 25. 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-River Falls resident James Hegstrom, who will graduate with a double major in marketing communications and business communications. He will speak on the role that the new graduates will assume in Americašs recovery since the September 11 attacks.

Chancellor Ann Lydecker will confer degrees on the new graduates. Dean Gorden Hedahl of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dean William Anderson of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Dean Barbara Nemecek of the College of Business and Economics; Interim Dean Connie Foster of the College of Education and Professional Studies and Dean Leon Zaborowski of Outreach and Graduate Studies will present the students from their respective schools to the chancellor. Also participating will be Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Virginia Coombs.

During the ceremony, animal science Assistant Professor Steven Kelm will be recognized as the 2002 Distinguished Teacher, the highest award accorded at the University.

Also during the ceremony, Wong How Man, an explorer who has drawn international acclaim for his work in conservation and preservation in China, will be recognized as the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus.

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